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.
More after the jump.
gallery: Hummer HX Concept
After the presentation of the Hummer HX concept car on the Detroit Motor Show we had a pretty good impression of a smaller Hummer, that is coming up. But, while the HX shows more a rough, tough dune-buggy- like vehicle, the production version, of course, will be a lot less exaggarated and more accessible for consuments.
The H4’s design is defined by typical Hummer-design clues, such as the grille, the head- and taillights and the overall boxy design. However, these are all given a modern inerpretation and a more futuristic twist. The design style is very plain, simple and geometric.
The taillights are more inspired by the legendary Hummer H1, simple, but functional. Also the splitted windshield has it’s roots at the H1.
This Hummer is really small. The size would be comparable to a Land Rover Freelander or a Jeep Wrangler. The main target is probably a young generation that is looking for action and fun, combined with prestige, without wanting to spend that much money on a huge H2. An affordable alternative, with, because of the smaller size, better driving charasteristics too.