As we were
heading back out we stopped to repair a broken halfshaft (my bad!)
just as a group driving heavily modified Jeeps were coming up the trail.
Of course, they were curious about our camouflaged trucks (it was easy
to tell they were HUMMERs) and when you get a group of off-roaders
together they want to compare notes and trade jabs. That’s
when we pointed out that our trucks were stock just like the ones on
the showroom floor. "Really? I can’t believe you made
it all the way in with stock trucks. I'd never try it in
a stock Jeep."
beauty of a HUMMER.
our fifteen-minute repair, spotted the Jeeps over the obstacle that ate
my halfshaft and headed on back to civilization - smiling. Our
debutant had proven itself under fire and came out unscathed. I
knew the H3T was going to be in demand and once the public had the chance
to see it for themselves the only question was going to be, "When
can I get one?"
to be released as a 2009 model, the H3T will debut at the 2008
Chicago Auto Show and find its way to dealer
showrooms by September.
its unique size and HUMMER traits, the H3T is ideal for the customer
who works hard and plays harder", said Martin Walsh, HUMMER General
most lifestyles, there’s almost nothing the H3T can't handle. It's
a truck with HUMMER’s immutable capability."
bed is similar in design and function to the recently redesigned beds
on GM’s full-size trucks with easily removable tailgates and provisions
for a bed-rail system. But things go way beyond that. HUMMER
has partnered with 160 aftermarket suppliers to develop Officially Licensed
HUMMER accessories for the H3 and H3T, which will provide an almost endless
array of customization options with virtually no two being alike.
H3T will be available with either the in-line five, or the 5.3 L V8 and
four trim levels which include standard features such as air conditioning,
power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/XM CD and On Star.
Factory available options include HUMMER’s Rear Vision system,
a navigation unit and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity.
there are two suspension packages available. The standard
suspension is balanced for on-road comfort and off-road capability with
on 16" rims. The Adventure Package is designed for the more
adventurous soul looking for off-road performance. The package
includes 33” tires,
specially tuned shocks and front and rear locking differentials.
of this performance comes with HUMMER's broad range of passenger safety
equipment, which includes dual frontal air bags (with passenger sensing
system), head curtain side air bags, StabiliTrak and four-wheel ABS with
traction control. And
being a HUMMER, the H3T also comes with GM’s 5-year/100,000 mile
powertrain limited warranty.
in the high thirties, I think the H3T will not only be a hit with recreational
consumers, but everyone from Contractors to Search and Rescue crews will
fall in love with this truck. I know HUMMER sees their
main competition for the H3T being smaller pickups like the Tacoma or
the Dakota. But anyone who's seen the H3T will tell you that
it's "Like nothing else" and anyone who’s driven
the H3T will tell you…there is no competition.