Hummer doesn’t seem like the likely candidate for General Motors to invest in a new model. After all, gas prices are still high, and it’s no secret that the Hummer brand is for sale. But a new model, a smaller one, looks to be in the works. This smaller model may entice companies to buy the brand. According to Automobile Magazine Hummer is considering something similar to the HX Concept. To be called H4, the new model would arrive around 2012 and give Hummer a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler.
The HX Concept is powered by a E85 FlexFuel 3.6L SIDI V6 engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
With its unmistakable HUMMER design and a compact, go-anywhere driving ethic, the HUMMER HX concept challenges the hierarchy of the trail. HUMMER displayed the nimble, reconfigurable off-roader at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.
As reported after GM unveiled the Hummer HX Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, a small model based on this concept will be unveiled in a few years. To be called H4 it will give the Hummer brand a vital weapon in the United States against premium-priced compact SUVs.
Under the hood there will be a choice of two engine choices, the GM Vortec 3700 3.7L I-5 (242 HP) and the GM Vortec 4200 4.2L I-6 (291 HP). The transmission choices will be an Aisin 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. The H4 will be launched at the end of 2009 as a 2010 model.
The H4 has two versions, a 2 and 4 door version. They both are based on the same platform, and the charasteristics of the two versions are pretty much the same. However, the main difference, of course, are the number of doors and the roofline. While the 4-door version follows the 90 degree cut line above the rear window, like the H2, the 2-door version has a coupé like, dropping roofline, like showed in the HX concept.
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At the Detroit Auto Show, Hummer unveiled the HX Concept, a small, open-air model which points towards the US brand’s plans for a compact SUV to compete head-on with the Freelander. The future model will be badged H4 and could go into production in almost a year.
General Motors has confirmed the 2010 Hummer H4
. It will share its under body with another upcoming compact architecture but, the fun doesn’t stop there as the H3 sees the addition of a diesel model down under and the addition of a new H3 SUT model in 2008.
Martin Walsh mentioned the addition of a smaller Hummer that will sit below the current H3. "It will be another GM platform that will allow us to build a smaller vehicle," he says.
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