classic proportions reflect its off-road ability, but also symbolize HUMMER's
expressive styling - an American design that says as much about driver
freedom as HUMMER's off-road experience.
a minimalist approach that conveys purpose," said Dean. "The
H3T represents the continual approach to HUMMER's overall design theme
- simple in appearance yet strong to the touch. From parts like the door
handles to the dashboard details, the H3T looks and feels as if it's been
milled from a solid billet of steel or aluminum."
appearance is delineated from the HUMMER H1's military roots.
evolved the HUMMER design language with the H2," said Dean. "But
we're continuing that vision and progressing the brand."
purposefully premium interior environment includes a rugged shifter handle
that folds completely forward and military-inspired toggle switches for
various controls. An altimeter, compass and inclinometer also are mounted
on the dashboard.
leather and Nike-designed Sphere seat fabric continue to support the athletic,
performance theme of the H3T, as do the chamois, petrol and paprika orange
not necessarily a luxury environment in the classic sense - it's a new
type of luxury," said Dave Lyon, interior design director for body-on-frame
vehicles. "The expression of quality through the use of specific
materials conveys a premium look without the use of traditional luxury
appointments like wood or leather."
goes for the H3T's exterior, which features high-tech, yet durable, LED
headlamps and taillamps, an integrated winch and tow hooks, as well as
front and rear skid plates that are stamped out of aluminum and joined
with side "rock sliders." There also are control arm and rear
axle skid plates, along with a carbon fiber skid plate/belly pan, which
protects the vehicle when off the road and aids aerodynamic efficiency
on the highway.
A brush guard
is integrated with the front skid plate and the taillamps have integrated
lens protectors. Driving/marker lamps are built into the side-view mirrors.
colors, Petrol Blue Metallic and Satin Titanium Alloy, fuel the H3T's
theme of a rugged vehicle with serious attitude. The forward-opening hood
is aided by trigger-operated latches, which integrate into the trademark
HUMMER hood louvers. An exposed radiator is another classic HUMMER styling
cue and a camera mounted on the hood can be used to record off-road excursions
in DVD format.
At the rear,
the tailgate features exposed hinges (with integrated gas struts) and
cantilevers to provide an unbroken load platform for the bed. The bed
is more than 4 feet wide and has very small fender intrusions.
H3T supposes a new realm of rugged, yet premium choices for drivers who
find larger vehicles don't fit their needs," said Lyon. "With
the H3T, a whole new group of driving enthusiasts benefits from the relevance
of HUMMER's unflappable capability. There simply is nothing like it in
the midsize truck market."
The H3T is
built on a modified GM midsize truck platform, including the coil-over
front and rear suspensions. Fox remote-reservoir shocks are used for the
ultimate in off-road dampening. An automatic transfer case locks the vehicle
into four-wheel drive when needed.
front and rear axles on the H3T are borrowed from full-size GM trucks.
Braking is accomplished with four-wheel discs from Alcon. The 15-inch-diameter
rotors are clamped down upon with Baer six-piston calipers in the front
and four-piston calipers in the rear. Nineteen-inch wheels are mounted
at all corners.
turbocharged version of GM's new Vortec 3500 inline five-cylinder engine
powers the H3T, and it's backed by the heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L65-E electronically
controlled four-speed transmission. The turbocharged five-cylinder produces
more power than most six-cylinder engines, but is more compact. The engine
also makes 350 lb.-ft. of torque, which helps the H3T tackle steep terrain
variable valve timing technology, which is available on some of GM's four-,
five- and six-cylinder engines, boosts the five-cylinder's efficiency
by varying valve timing, lift and duration. It also improves emissions
and overall performance.
currently a concept vehicle, the H3T was built with production-type components,
including chassis and suspension components that were leveraged from existing
GM truck architectures.
about the H3T says HUMMER," said Dean. "The package may be a
little smaller, but the personality, functionality and, most importantly,
the off-road superiority is all there."