Mini-Hummer hopes to revitalize GM's off-road brand
2009 HUMMER H4 Rendering by NOS2006
Link to Original Article @ AutoWeek | Published 07/30/07, 11:00 am et
AT A GLANCE:
FUTURE PRODUCT PLANS
H3 pickup expected
H2 restyled, re-engineered
H4: Sources say GM has given the green light to market a small SUV for the 2009 model year that will be similar in size to the Jeep Wrangler. Select members of the media have seen it and say it has striking styling that should jump-start the Hummer brand. The smaller, lower-priced SUV is needed to help Hummer become successful outside North America.
H3: Hummer adds V-8 power and a new model for the 2008 model year, the H3 Alpha. It is equipped with a 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8.
GM executives have hinted that several derivatives are planned for the H2 and H3. They see Hummer having tremendous marketing value and opportunities for expansion. A crew cab or small pickup H3 variant is in the works for the 2009 model year.
H2 SUV, H2 SUT: The H2 receives a new interior for the 2008 model year, giving it a more premium look and feel. It is expected to be restyled and re-engineered for the 2010 model year, developed on the GMT 900 full-sized truck architecture.