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830-horsepower 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV debuts with $110,000+ price tag

The Hummer EV SUV and Hummer EV share a platform.

Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC's electric vehicle lineup is expanding. The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV will join the GMC Hummer EV truck in the coming years. Today's unveiling is not an unexpected move. The automaker, a division of General Motors, has been teasing the two side-by-side for the last year.

"The GMC Hummer EVs were envisioned to be the most capable and compelling electric supertrucks ever," said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of Buick and GMC. "The new Hummer EV SUV is the next chapter, which will offer many options for customers to tailor the truck to their lifestyles, while continuing to encourage them to forge new paths with zero emissions."

GMC will sell the Hummer EV SUV in four trim levels: Hummer EV2 SUV, Hummer EV2X SUV, Hummer EV3X SUV, Hummer EV SUV Edition 1.

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUVThe Hummer EV is proportioned similar to the Chevrolet Tahoe.Photo courtesy of GMC

2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV

The new SUV will be underpinned with much of the same equipment as the Hummer EV truck. It rides on GM's Ultium Platform and will have CrabWalk and Extract Mode capabilities. The SUV's 20-module battery will offer a range of 300 miles on the Edition 1 model while the base EV2 SUV has just 250 miles of range.

The SUV's all-electric drive system offers up to 830 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque in the Edition 1 model. Propulsion is quick via the three-motor system, delivering the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds courtesy of Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode.

Hummer 2X and 3X models offer 625 and 800 horsepower, respectively. The 2X has 7,400 pound-feet for torque compared to the 3X's 11,500. The base model's figures are the same as the 2X's; both models have two motors compared to other trim levels' three.

The base model is only able to charge at up to 400 volts while the other models can charge at a rate of up to 800 volts/300 kilowatts.

The interior of the GMC Hummer EV SUV is similar to the interior of the Hummer EV truck.Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC has kept much of the look of the Hummer EV truck with a rugged yet modern aesthetic that calls back to the Hummers of the past. There is a full-size spare tire mounted to the rear. It has a 126.7-inch wheelbase. GMC Is promising a 35.4-foot turning circle. Four-wheel steering is standard on Hummer 2X, 3X, and Edition 1 models.

The automaker is promising that the SUV won't just be a parking lot princess. It is set to be capable off-road with "impressive" brakeover and departure angles. The myGMC app will be redesigned an will offer Hummer EV SUV drivers new "tactical technology" including Energy Assist.

The targa-like Infinity Roof with removal Sky Panels, I-Bar, and rear drop glass is standard.

Edition 1 models come with 22-inch premium wheels, assist steps, and floor liners.

The available Extreme Off-Road package adds 18-inch wheels and 35-inch-OD MT tires, underbody armor and rock sliders, front eLocker and virtual rear lockers, heavy-duty ball-spline half shafts, UltraVision with underbody camera views, and more. Range on the Edition 1 model with this package is just 280 miles.

The five-passenger configuration of the Hummer EV truck carries over to the SUV. The SUV also gets Super Cruise, which GM is working to make more widely available in its products. Super Cruise is driver-assistance technology offering hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads.

Buyers will be able to customize their Hummer EV SUV using My Mode, auxiliary buttons, and nearly 200 accessories that will be available at launch.

Production of the model is set to begin in early 2023. Edition 1 models and Edition 1 models with the Extreme Off-Road package will be the first out of the gate, coming to market around that time.

Pricing for the Edition 1 model starts at $105,595. Adding the Extreme Off-Road package pushes the MSRP to $110,595. In Spring 2023 Hummer EV2X and EV3X models will begin arriving at dealership priced at $89,995 and $99,995, respectively. The base Hummer EV2 SUV is the last vehicle to arrive to market (Spring 2024) and will have a starting price of $79,995.

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The CX-50 is surpsingly capable off-road.

Mazda

I have driven all of the Mazda vehicles that have been sold in the US market over the past three decades. On everyday roads and on racetracks. I’ve appreciated their “zoom-zoom”. Good power. Punchy torque just where it was needed. Well-balanced and sporty handling. A bit of growl for the versions that called for it. Plus, tasteful-but-modest styling and more or less elbow room, depending on the model. Mazda’s have been made for sports-car enthusiasts and to ferry families. But, I had never known a Mazda called an “overlander”. Until now.

2023 Mazda CX-50Towing capacity extends to 2,000 pounds.Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 moves this traction-sophisticated automaker into the lands where the pavement ends and now takes the brand ‘off-track’. Although it’s not a new thing for many of today’s carmakers to add a backcountry model or two to their lineup, it’s new for Mazda. I traveled to Santa Barbara, California to check out this all-new crossover built on Mazda’s seventh-generation small SUV platform that is shared with the smaller CX-30. This 5-passenger utility is longer, lower and wider than the CX-5 that rides on the previous generation’s underpinnings. The CX-50 has been crafted with a roomier second row and more cargo room for the goods and gear that weekend warriors and adventurers want to carry.

The CX-50 comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation that gets 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, and Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbo-charged powerplant with 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque; both shift through a six-speed automatic transmission. The sport ute can tow up to 2,000 lbs. with the naturally aspirated motor and up to 3,500 lbs. with the turbo-charged mill and Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) that brings a tow mode as well as Normal, Sport and Off-Road. The newest Mazda model has been made for North America only and is built in Alabama. It is the first Mazda vehicle with auto start/stop that can be deactivated.

2023 Mazda CX-50Mazda is a master of upscale interiors. Mazda

The new crossover starts at $26,800 and comes in S, S Select, S Preferred, S Preferred Plus, S Premium, and S Premium Plus with the base motor. Turb-charged versions come in Turbo, Turbo Premium, and Turbo Premium Plus that tops out at close to $42,000. A long list of technology and safety features are standard or available. Mazda says that Meridian, a fourth turbo trim will arrive soon with even more off-road cred; it will be set up with 18-inch black wheels AT, hood graphics and other backcountry goodies.

When you look at the CX-50, the first thing you’ll notice is exterior styling that speaks to its adventure-ready mission. Muscular bodywork, such as extra cladding, wide fender flairs and larger, more aggressive tires mean that this crossover has been designed not only to give a nod to the looks of a rugged crossover but to provide enhanced traction and a tad more suspension stretch for motoring over uneven terrain and along bumpy dirt roads. Planted on its haunches with functional air vents, it eschews minivan styling with a low and wide footprint that allows owners to have easy access to high-strength roof rails for loading gear on top; the roof has been made stronger than other Mazda crossovers to accommodate heavier loads, such as a roof-top tent. A panoramic moonroof- a first for Mazda- and attractive antiglare hood graphics and are tasteful additions.

The interior is attractive and roomy, with horizontal lines and “cleanable” surfaces as a nod to outdoor endeavors. Our Turbo Premium Plus model had bright orange reverse stitching that popped the cabin that has been crafted with uplevel trims and materials and brought heads-up display. A 7-inch infotainment screen is standard, while the top models get a 10.25-inch version. A wireless charging pad and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trims. Of note, is the rear power and programmable liftgate to the wide and deep rear cargo compartment, with a load floor that flush with the liftgate opening to help slide heavy items in and out of the back. An available line of cargo accessories makes stowage easier.

2023 Mazda CX-50The CX-50 is family roadtrip ready.Mazda

How did it handle over the 200-plus miles of our ride and drive? The Turbo Premium Plus CX-50 offers a lot like; many of its driving attributes are consistent with Mazda’s tuning and handling priorities across its product line. Traveling along coastal highways, carving mountainous twisties with tight turns and accelerating on flat and straight well-graded pavement, it has great Mazda manners: i.e., there is enough power and torque in the right bandwidth to move it well; precise steering with a slightly heavily-weighted leather-wrapped steering wheel and well-modulated brakes, especially with towing a 3,500-lb. load. We enjoyed using Sport mode for carving corners, as it brings elongated shifts from the six-speed automatic; a crisp response comes when sport shifting in “manual mode” and provides a quick throttle response.

We tried out the Off-Road mode on a course that included flat and uneven dirt roads, as well as hill climb and descent. Although there is no downhill descent control system, the brakes worked well, along with manual gearing. Of note, Mazda would be wide to add downhill descent engineering for steeper and slicker terrain. We were able to test the difference between Normal and Off-Road over a special section of the course with sandy corners and a winding track at a speed of 30 mph showing the improved traction in the Off-Road programming and the aid of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control that brings a bit of magic to transfer torque to the wheels where it is needed to keep the intended track-think of it like an enhanced traction control program that helps with steering and yaw control.

2023 Mazda CX-50The CX-50 comes with off-road driving modes. Mazda

Other aids for off-road and backcountry travel are: the i-Activ All-Wheel Drive system that is standard equipment on all CX-50s, with a 50/50ish power transfer front to back; 8.6 inches of ground clearance; an 18-degree approach angle and a 24-degree departure angle; and an optional 360-degree camera system.

*EPA reports: base motor fuel economy 24 city/30 highway mpg, while the turbo option gets 23/29 mpg and can run on regular or premium fuel.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

Honda

Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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