• Apr 23rd 2007 at 10:54AM
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There's no better moment than the day after Earth Day to announce a new smaller, kinder, gentler Hummer. Martin Walsh, Hummer's general manager, said "Our growth will be downwards in terms of size," and that begins with the now-official H4. Walsh also indicated there might be a smaller model than the H4 if need be.

The H4 comes below the H3 in the pecking order, meant as a compact SUV to go against competitors like the Nissan Murano. As such, Walsh said the H4 would be built on an upcoming compact GM platform, but didn't say which one. As long as Hummer-philes get the same gruff styling cues and useful ability in the dirty stuff, that shouldn't be a problem. Hummer insiders are apparently fretting that GM might "go soft" with the H4, but even Walsh readily admits, "We have to offer legitimate off-road capability."

Last year Hummer sold 56,000 H3's and 14,000 H2's. The H4 could bump those numbers up by an additional 40,000 units. Also in the pipeline are "bio-fuel powertrains '...in every single vehicle application," an H3 SUT, and even though it was ruled out late last year, news out of Australia is that a hybrid could even be in the works. It's a new day indeed. As for the H4, sources tell us to look for a preview of it in concept guise during next year's auto show circuit, likely in Detroit.

[Source: GoAuto via Top Speed]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Gross. Just like the H2 and H3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "From the sounds of it though, Hummer/GM may be going after the cute-ute market instead..."

      Simply put...all I needed to hear.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope it won't be A CUV. The Jeep Wrangler finally has compitition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "useful ability in the dirty stuff"

      WHAT useful ability? Only the H1 had any, and that's because it was actually based on the military drivetrain/suspension.

      H2s and onward were more fluff than substance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you might want to clear up that the pic shown is of the H3T concept that came out before the production H3, but anyways. I suppose we all knew it was coming. And #3, you know that GM wants soooo very badly to make an H6 based on the Aveo! The H5 will be cobalt based. :) Oh, but I think it's all a bad idea. I haven't really seen very many H3's compared to how quickly H2's were around, but that could also be due to the fact that an H3 is smaller than a cruise ship on wheels. Hopefully it doesn't tank, in any case, because the US car industry needs to get back in the game after 30 (40?) years out of it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They're definitly correcting the size issue for these things...something I and other off-road enthusiast complain about regularly....even the H3 is tad too large for my liking.

      Next step...actually improving the capability of these vehicles. Hopefully the H4 is on a better platform than the H3, which is derived from the Canyon...ughh.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just so everyone's clear... the vehicle in the photo is the H3T concept truck. Just a concept, nothing else. The upcoming H3 SUT will look like a baby H2 SUT, but with a more usable "bed".

      Also, as far as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited goes... the H3 is basically the same size -- and similar price range if you're looking at a Rubicon Unlimited -- as the Jeep is.

      What Hummer doesn't have is competition for the 2-dr SWB Jeep Wrangler. This is what the H4 has historically been rumored as being. From the sounds of it though, Hummer/GM may be going after the cute-ute market instead...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Did they dropped that thing out of a plane or left it in the sand fot the night? You can't see any trail..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who says an H2 is not a very capable offroader either has never driven one offroad, believes everything on Top Gear or does not have the first clue how you drive offroad. My buddy and I took our H2's out to the desert in California for some rockcrawling, we were getting through the tough stuff faster than many of the purpose built rockcrawlers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The H4 comes below the H3 in the pecking order, meant as a compact SUV to go against competitors like the Nissan Murano."
      WTF??? The Murano is a Midsize, priced similar to the H3 and not at all comparable.
      "Walsh said the H4 would be built on an upcoming compact GM platform" that makes ZERO sense.
      #5- don't wait for the H4- the H3 IS a 4-door vehicle similar in size to the JK Wrangler Unlimited, with similar fuel econ and off road capabilities.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most posts on Hummers are by morons who instantly respond negatively to any sentence containing the name "Hummer". The H3 has received many compliments on its off-road abilities by major auto magazines. And the H3's mileage is as good as, or better than other SUV's that size - including the loved-by-whining-tree-huggers Toyotas. To those who cannot actually think, please exercise your attempts at creativity in coloring books.
      • 8 Years Ago
      they get uglier every year


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