Just yesterday, we got a look at the upcoming GMC Hummer EV’s Crabwalk Mode, which employs four-wheel steering to enable the battery-driven pickup to move in a diagonal direction. General Motors says the feature is “tailor-made for off-roading customers,” and now, we’re taking a look at another off-road-friendly feature of the new Hummer – its tires.
As highlighted in the same Crabwalk Mode video we covered yesterday, this GMC Hummer EV can be seen with BFGoodrich All-Terrain rubber, with a thick sidewall, aggressive tread, and relatively small-diameter wheel sizing.
Previously, GM Authority brought exclusive coverage of a stripped-down GMC Hummer EV platform that was also equipped with chunky off-road-oriented tires. However, enhancing the image revealed script along the sidewalls which suggested that those particular tires were actually Nitto’s Grappler G2 rubber.
Unfortunately, the tread pattern shown in that image doesn’t match the Grappler G2 rubber currently available to consumers, leading to further questions over what the GMC Hummer EV would use with regard to tire specs.
The tires presented in the new Crabwalk Mode video don’t really help in that regard, as there are currently no BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires that match that particular tread pattern. As such, it’s likely that this particular tire does not yet exist as a mass-produced item, and least not yet.
Furthermore, the tires featured in the Crabwalk Mode video don’t include sizing specs either, or at least they are not visible in that particular video.
Nevertheless, the tires in the Crabwalk Mode video still look on point for what we’d expect from the GMC Hummer EV. Although not as aggressive as the tread seen in the previous platform image, these tires do have some chunkiness to grip a variety of surfaces.
Framed as offering “incredible on- and off-road capability,” the latest Hummer will need the right rubber underneath it to make all those promises a reality, with grip for a variety of conditions and enough traction to put down 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque in top-trim form.
As a reminder, the GMC Hummer EV will ride on the GM BT1 platform, and will utilize GM’s Ultium battery technology, topping out at 400 miles per charge for certain model variants. A full vehicle reveal is scheduled for October 20th, 2020.