Hummer H2 SUT: Ultimate Truck with Real Attitude
For the first time, General Motors introduced a production vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, and it was big news…really big news. The Hummer SUT in production form made its debut at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and it's everything a pickup should be: big, powerful, and practical.
The 2005 H2 SUT is slated to go on sale next summer, and will be the first spinoff from the popular H2 SUV. The SUT features seating for five comfortably in an enclosed cabin, but when it's time to carry cargo, the H2 goes into action, utilizing the fold-down Midgate design first seen in the Chevy Avalanche. With the Midgate up, the SUT offers 22 cubic feet of cargo capacity; with the gate down, the H2 SUT can transport 52.7 cubic feet of stuff, and we mean stuff, like bikes, 4x8 sheets of plywood, and all the camping gear you can carry. The second row of seats fold in a 60/40 split configuration, but both seats need to be folded to work the Midgate design.
One of the new innovations in the SUT is the "global express" window opening feature, which lowers all four side windows and the rear windows with the push of a button. It also raises them as well when the exterior temperature drops below comfortable.
In keeping with the upscale appearance of the Hummer, the SUT production model features luxury touches like leather seats with heat, leather trim on the console, and aluminum appearance on the sill plates. There's also an available touch screen navigation system, as well as available XM satellite radio.
The biggest difference between the SUV and the SUT is the cargo area, where the spare tire is attached on a swing-away bar to allow the back tailgate to drop completely. The beefy tires are 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/As on 7-spoke alloy wheels.
Under the hood is the 6.0-liter Vortec 6000 V-8 that delivers 316 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 360 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The 6-liter is mated to a heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission. It also features the unmatched four-wheel-drive system that includes five operational modes and a two-speed planetary gearset to the ultimate in off-road capability.
Part of the reason GM introduced the vehicle at the SEMA show was because the SUT will offer almost a dozen accessories for personalization, including chrome-plated stainless steel tubular steps, aluminum roof rail handles, stainless steel chrome brush guard, hood handles and hood latches, and a chrome fuel door with the Hummer logo.
No prices have been set yet, but since the SUT plays in the large luxury truck segment alongside the Cadillac Escalade EXT, Lincoln Navigator, and Range Rover, money usually is no object. And sales are guaranteed to be brisk, if the H2 SUV is any indication, recently coming off its best sales month in October, with 3072 units sold. Those numbers are good enough to make it the leader in its segment.
Built in Mishawaka, Indiana, the SUT is the most aggressive and most capable truck on the planet. It might be time for the other manufacturers to concede the throne.
H2 SUT Specs:
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Editor's note: Additional photos of the Hummer H2 SUT from the 2003 SEMA Show are available in our photo gallery.