The GMC Hummer EV introduces a new chapter of GM off-roaders, mating The General’s latest all-electric propulsion technologies with the rough-and-ready legacy of the Hummer nameplate. Interestingly, Nissan was recently spotted benchmarking the GMC Hummer EV, even though it currently does not offer any sort of rival. Which begs the question – why is Nissan benchmarking the GMC Hummer EV?
As we can see here, this GMC Hummer EV Pickup is finished in Interstellar White. As GM Authority covered previously, all GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 models are finished exclusively in Interstellar White, with 2023 model-year vehicles offering seven exterior paint options total.
So then, Nissan has a GMC Hummer EV Pickup for benchmarking. What exactly is the Japanese automaker up to?
Well, suffice to say, it’s unclear at this point. At present, Nissan doesn’t offer a competitor for the GMC Hummer EV Pickup and, for now at least, harbors no known plans to develop such a vehicle. The only Nissan trucks on offer in the U.S. right now are ICE-powered, including the Nissan Frontier, which was redesigned for the 2022 model year, and the Nissan Titan, which is poised for discontinuation with no clear replacement.
As for all-electric vehicles, Nissan currently offers the Leaf hatchback and Ariya crossover. No electric trucks, though.
So, there’s no direct competitor for the GMC Hummer EV Pickup from the Nissan camp. However, one thing that was obvious during benchmarking was that Nissan was very interested in the off-roader’s CrabWalk mode, which enables the Hummer EV to move laterally by turning the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels. Knowing this, we can speculate that perhaps Nissan is benchmarking the GMC Hummer EV Pickup’s Ultium technology and various off-roading features.