Rugged Refinement for Midsize Market
GM Press ReleasePosted:
12-09-03 06:00 PT
the size or configuration, a vehicle adorned with the HUMMER name must
deliver the best-in-class capabilities that have made the brand the standard
against which other off-road vehicles are measured.
the case with the dynamic H3T, a midsize truck that infuses all of HUMMER's
military-derived DNA into an efficient, refined package and carves a new
niche in the midsize truck market.
the ruggedly refined H3T concept vehicle at the 2004 Greater Los Angeles
Auto Show, providing a glimpse at a growing family of expressive, versatile
H3T concept expresses a vision of the potential of future HUMMER vehicles,
targeted at enthusiasts who desire the HUMMER image and capability, but
in a smaller, non-SUV configuration," said Clay Dean, design director
for small trucks and HUMMER. "It also provides a visual clue to the
evolution of HUMMER's design."
features abound in the H3T: The pickup box incorporates side-access doors,
along with drop-down assist steps that also double as weather-tight storage
compartments. The H3T's unique tailgate forms an unbroken load surface
when down, contributing to the H3T's versatility.
a large, power-operated folding canvas sunroof and drop-down rear window
that combine to offer an open-air driving experience.
be a HUMMER badge on the H3T if it didn't have the capability to dive
into twisty terrain that would leave lesser 4x4s spinning their wheels.
Its wheels-at-the-corners stance, along with 34-inch-tall tires and 11.5
inches of ground clearance, gives the H3T a 51-degree approach angle and
a 50-degree departure angle - critical measures on HUMMER's internal "off-road
performance metric" of capabilities.
the H3T delivers on the promise of its familial looks, it does so with
a youthful, masculine flair.
if you're a man or woman, it brings out a rebellious side to you that
harks back to younger days," said Dean. "It's an irreverent
vehicle - a bad boy in a black tie."
a 118.6-inch wheelbase and measuring 74.5 inches wide, the H3T embodies
the classic HUMMER proportions - wide stance, low roofline, and wheels
at the corners - that have made the H1 and H2 instantly recognizable around
the world. And like the H1 truck, the H3T incorporates the cab and bed
in a single structure for enhanced strength and an integrated appearance.
is a different size vehicle, but it's a HUMMER throughout," said
Dean. "The cab configuration is personal and the smaller size makes
the H3T more manageable and less intimidating to some drivers than larger
vehicles. The smaller size also gives the H3T a more sporting and dynamic
the H3T's solid structure with a "go anywhere, do anything"
aesthetic, GM and Nike designers collaborated on several key aspects of
the vehicle's design.
tires evolved from discussions between GM Design and Nike Design regarding
the question of off-road performance footwear influencing off-road performance
tires. The result is the innovative ACG TA tire, which addresses multiple
traction environments with sand paddles, traction pads and multiple durometers
of rubber defined by different-color breakouts - much like the design
of Nike's ACG trail and hiking shoes. BFGoodrich partnered to engineer
and build the striking, groundbreaking tires.
on the interior includes the use of its Sphere material on the H3T's seats.
The lightweight material, used by Nike in specialized clothing, can cool
or warm the body without mechanical means. It also conveys a technical
aesthetic that looks perfectly at home in the H3T. The seats also are
enhanced by Nike Epic backpacks, which are integrated into seat-back clamshells
and released with elastic bungees.
Nike collaboration is unique and exciting," said Dean. "It allowed
us to share ideas and thoughts, while comparing our design process with
a world leader in design innovation. The experience has enhanced the whole