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GMC’s Bold Leap with Hummer and Denali in an Electric Future

Hummer and Denali Will Embrace a Sustainable Future without Compromising Luxury and Power


It’s no secret that, at least for “today”, sustainability intersects with luxury. And when it comes to trucks, GMC emerges as a leader with the rebirth of Hummer as an all-electric truck brand and Denali, one of the most recognized premium trims or sub-brands in the automotive industry.

 

We had a chance to sit down with Brand Director Buick & GMC Daniella D’Souza to chat about GMC, Hummer, Denali, and the AT4 trims.

 


Hummer’s Electrifying Comeback

GMC Hummer EV SUV | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Once a symbol of rugged dominance, the Hummer has been reborn under the GMC umbrella as an electric powerhouse, challenging conventional notions of what electric vehicles (EVs) can be. “It’s an iconic brand that epitomizes everything GMC stands for, taken to the next level with electric. The technology, like CrabWalk and the silent, yet powerful 1000 HP drive, will blow your mind,” D’Souza remarked, highlighting the seamless blend of traditional Hummer attributes with groundbreaking EV capabilities.

 

The launch of the Hummer EV is in many ways something of a revolution. The latest Omega Edition, unveiled at the Toronto Auto Show, encapsulates this transformation. With its extreme off-road package with 35-inch mud terrain tires among many other elements, and the exclusive, environmentally inspired Neptune Blue color, the Hummer EV Omega Edition is going to be a rare sight. It also represents a leap into the future, carrying the legacy of the Hummer with a modern, electric twist.

Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

When asked about the probable rivalry with the upcoming Scout brand from Volkswagen and Rivian, D’Souza was adamant that Hummer and Denali are extremely appreciated and well positioned in the premium truck market where they have, at least for the moment, little to fear. From there, attempts at getting D’Souza to drop hints about future more mainstream EVs from Hummer did not bear fruit however no denial of their potential coming was made.

 


The Denali: Peak of Premium Elegance

 

Parallel to the Hummer’s resurgence is the evolution of GMC’s Denali line, which continues to be an extremely popular with roughly 50% of all GMC’s sales. The Denali range is synonymous with the pinnacle of craftsmanship, comfort, and capability. “Denali represents the summit of premium capability and luxury. It’s about offering features you wouldn’t typically find in a luxury car, setting a new benchmark for what premium means in our segments,” Brand Director Daniella D’Souza shared, underscoring the brand’s dedication to delivering unparalleled luxury and performance.

GMC Sierra HD Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Let’s not forget the introduction of the AT4 and AT4X trims alongside Denali. The former further illustrates GMC’s dedication to catering to those who seek both the opulence of the Denali but with the ruggedness of the AT4X. Essentially, chrome is swapped for all-terrain tires and more off-road-dedicated goodies.

 

GMC’s strategy to infuse the Denali’s premium qualities across a wider range of models demonstrates an understanding of consumer desires for high-end features within accessible vehicles. This approach broadens the Denali’s appeal, and it won’t end with petrol-powered vehicles.

GMC Sierra EV Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

On hand at the 2024 Toronto Auto Show was the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1. The latter offers a GM-estimated range of over 600 km and up to 754 horsepower, it will deliver serious EV truck performance, complemented by its ability to serve as a mobile power source and support rapid charging. It introduces a 16.8-inch touchscreen, the largest of its kind in Sierra’s history, hands-free driving technology, and innovative driving modes for enhanced comfort and control. The Ultium Platform brings functionality with features like the expandable MultiPro Midgate bed and the eTrunk, alongside a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds. The Denali’s signature luxury is evident in its use of premium materials, a panoramic glass roof, and meticulous attention to detail.

 


The Future of Hummer and Denali

 

As GMC looks to the future, the paths of the Hummer and Denali are ripe with potential. The electrification of the Hummer sets a precedent for the future of EVs, marrying environmental consciousness with the raw power and capability historically associated with the brand. Simultaneously, Denali continues to define luxury for trucks, ensuring that sophistication and high-end features are not confined to traditional luxury brands but are accessible within GMC’s versatile range.

GMC Sierra HD Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
GMC Sierra EV Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
GMC Sierra HD Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV | Photo: Matt St-Pierre
GMC Hummer EV SUV | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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