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Among the many showstoppers General Motors has planned for the North American International Auto Show in January, its military-inspired off-road brand HUMMER will be unveiling an H4 concept. The oft rumored H4 will be smaller than the successful H3 SUV that's currently driving HUMMER sales and will be slated to compete with the Jeep Wrangler. While the H3 is built on the same platform as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups, we don't yet know what will underpin the H3. AutoWeek sources confirm, however, that it will not be built on a front-wheel drive platform. With the success of the H3 worldwide continuing unabated despite the fluctuation of fuel prices, the decision to produce the H4 concept should be an easy one for General Motors. Expect a version suitable for mass market consumption around 2010. HUMMER will also have a pickup version of the H3 on display at the Detroit show. With two new potential vehicles on deck, HUMMER appears ready to carve as large a niche for itself as possible out of the remaining pool of off-road warriors.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Since the H3 is derived from the Colorado /Canyon, where will the H4 be derived from... the Aveo? the Cobalt?... God knows we NEED "trucks" derived from those cars..... ;)
      • 8 Years Ago
      A Wrangler competitor may be the first Hummer I could consider. So long as it's high on capability and low on bling.

      We might actually have Hummer to thank for the recent improvements in the Wrangler. Competition's always good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      General Motors recently announced plans to produce by 2011 a new Hummer called the H7, which will be six inches long and made out of plastic.

      The only way an H4 would make sense would be to make it only a two-door model. Otherwise, it's a joke.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The platform won't be front wheel drive so the only small rear wheel platform is the Soltice/Sky. Imagine a truck built on that. LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boo-Hoo to you.

      Sick of both treehuggers & gas guzzlers, both of them are socialist and bashers.

      I'm a natural gas lover.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10. You stated what I was going to say. Of course, GM really doesn't have to use the GV. Since it is based on the Theta platform.

      Of course, all GM really needs to do is take the GV, redesign the body to make it fit the "Hummer" family and there you go. The GV's already a capable offroader. All you need to do is put a bit of a lift kit on the suspension. Tranny gearing shouldn't be that hard to do, either.

      But wait, GM sold its stake in Suzuki... So they (GM) would have to ask nicely!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this isn't the Jeep Compass of Hummers. Mainly in the styling department.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The H2 and H3 are jokes. The H1 was the real truck out of that bunch. Unless the H4 is going to have a twin-turbo, high-output, flex-fuel, hybrid engine with 4WD and padel shifters, I'm not interested in seeing it--just making fun of it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I'll go on record and that I actually like the H2, will probably never own one, but they are way cooler that that butt-ugly toad thing from Toyota."

      You should drive one. Crap, crap, crap to drive. The aesthetic merits of both it and the FJ are dubious, but of the two, I'd say the FJ is at least *less* crappy to drive. Also less comfortable to sit in, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Given that GM wants to sell Hummer (if it can) having a Wrangler-sized H4 version makes sense - It will make the brand more attractive to potential buyers.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who laughs at this, just doesn't know:
      The H4 could easily be derived from the Suzuki grand Vitara. Its a rear-drive platform with a V6 and 2speed t-case. Just needs do be modifyed for some more wheel travel and deeper gears.
      BTW, the H3 and Wrangler ARE direct competition. Price out Rubicon Unlimited with some options. Compare the size. You'll see