With its iconic design and unparalleled capability, there’s no mistaking a HUMMER for any other vehicle. Every HUMMER H2 starts with a fully welded ladder-type frame that features a modular, three-piece design incorporating a number of hydroformed components. The result is outstanding strength, stiffness and dimensional accuracy. Ensuring on-road ride comfort and control, as well as off-road capability, is H2’s standard independent front torsion bar and five-link coil spring rear suspension. The solid rear axle ensures durable sure-footedness, particularly in tight, off-road situations. A self-leveling rear air spring suspension system is available for severe off-road and towing requirements.
The H2 and H2 SUT have short overhangs for radical approach and departure angles and exceptional ground clearance for minimal impact on trails. The 17-inch wheels, heavy-duty independent front suspension and five-link rear suspension provide superior handling, carrying and towing capability.
H2’s power is derived from the standard Vortec 6.0L V-8 that generates 242 kW (325 horsepower) at 5,200 rpm and 488 Nm (365 lb.-ft.) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L65 four-speed automatic overdrive transmission. H2 also features a standard, powertrain-integrated Borg-Warner two-speed electrically controlled full-time 4WD system. It’s capable of further reducing H2’s gear ratios by 2.64:1, when necessary, for highly controlled obstacle climbing.
A Bosch four-channel anti-lock braking/traction control system (ABS/TCS) provides optimum control on slippery surfaces. In addition, the ABS can detect and adjust its braking capabilities to rough off-road surfaces like gravel and potholes. The TCS also includes the ability to gain traction through a single wheel, if necessary, and more wheel slip in the traction control mode for sand and desert racing conditions.
H2 and H2 SUT safety, comfort and convenience features include standard frontal air bags; four-way adjustable headrests, armrests and seat-mounted lap-shoulder belts for front passengers; lap and B-pillar-mounted shoulder belts for second-row outboard passengers and a seat-mounted lap-shoulder belt for the center passenger; and a seat-mounted lap-shoulder belt and adjustable headrest for the optional third-row seat.
Styling matches uncompromising off-road ability
The H2 and H2 SUT are instantly recognizable and could be mistaken for nothing other than HUMMER models. The look and feel conveys the sense of power, authority and complete control that buyers seek.
H2’s square-shaped body and upright windshield and windows combine to create significant interior room. The vertical glass opens up a broader front and wider side view. In a nod to the functional aspect of design, exposed components such as hood lift handles, hood latches and fasteners give H2’s appearance an individually component-assembled quality. As they do on H1, exposed components and mechanical elements are truly functional and shout ruggedness.
Luxury meets ruggedness in H2’s interior
H2’s rugged exterior gives way to a luxurious interior. It begins with standard Medium Wheat leather seats with eight-way power adjustment for the front seat cushions and backs. Also standard is a memory feature for the driver’s seat that allows two drivers to select and set their preferred positions. The leather seats include heated seat backs and cushions with three temperature settings for the front occupants. Heated cushions serve to keep second-row occupants comfortable. For maximum flexibility, the second-row seats can be individually
folded. For maximum comfort, they feature a high-back design. With the SUV, a single-passenger seat is available for the third row, giving the SUV six-passenger capacity.
Like its H2 SUV sibling, the SUT carries passengers and cargo with comfort and ease. With four passengers on board, the bulkhead at the rear of the SUT’s passenger compartment remains upright, still providing ample cargo-carrying capacity.
When cargo requires more space, a 122 cm by 244 cm (4 foot by 6 foot) pickup bed can be created by powering the rear window into the Midgate, then folding forward the Midgate and rear seat.
At the push of a single button, the driver can lower all four side windows and the rear window. Using a separate switch, the standard sunroof can also be opened, giving SUT an open-air feeling, much like driving a convertible.
Of course, the H2 SUT is an H2 at heart, and the H2 is every bit the truck that first captured the market’s fancy in 2002. It’s also a HUMMER first and foremost. That means it’s capable of traveling through streams 508 mm (20 in.) deep, climbing 406 mm (16’in.) steps and rocks, paddling through deep sand and outdistancing competitors in high-speed desert runs.