• Nov 29th 2007 at 3:57PM
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Though HUMMER H3 SUT mules have been snapped with the long lens before, they're usually heavily guarded and tucked away on GM's proving grounds in Arizona or Milford, MI. For some inexplicable reason, however, this HUMMER H3T prototype has been seen driving around in plain site outside the proving grounds. In fact, it was snapped at the recent Baja 1000 where it played the part of chase vehicle in full pre-production camouflage.

You can see that the production model will indeed have four doors, unlike the short-bed two-door H3T Concept that HUMMER showed us back in 2003. That means the bed is not very big: about 4-feet wide by 4.5- to 5-feet long. You can forget about hauling full-size sheets of plywood, but the H3 HUT will offer additional storage options in the form of cargo boxes in the bed sides, and maybe even a removable lunchbox! Underneath it will be standard H3 fare, which means your choice of the new 295-hp 5.3L V8 or the 242-hp 3.7L inline-five cylinder engine. Production of the 2009 HUMMER H3 SUT is slated to begin in August of 2008 at the automaker's Shreveport plant with an annual production of 35,000 units.

Since the H3 SUT isn't a marquee product, we don't expect we'll see its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. This seems like a good reveal for the Chicago Auto Show in February or the New York Auto Show in late March/early May.

[Photos: Bob Spivey for Brenda Priddy & Co.]

Hiding in Plain Sight: 2009 Hummer H3T (crew-cab)

It's been several months since we last caught up with a Hummer H3T prototype, and I thought you might like some fresh photos:

Codenamed GMT745, the long-anticipated Hummer H3T was – at of all places – spotted at the recent Baja 1000. Yes, that's right – it was used as a chase vehicle while sporting preproduction camouflage!

And, for the first time ever – it was outside the safety of General Motor's Proving Grounds with a production bed, instead of a Colorado-mule bed.

Although the original concept was a short-bed pickup with just two doors – economic decisions made the four-door H3 variant much more affordable to produce.

The short-bed, which can almost be described as "cute" – will offer a cargo area of roughly 4-feet wide by 4½ to 5-feet long. A hard tonneau cover will be available as an option, as will several choices of lockable cargo boxes. And, our sources told us earlier today "... it will have a front locker and the drivetrain options will mimic the H3...it is obviously a true pick up truck."

My photographer also told me that "... for a week it was on public Baja highways and visible for anyone to see ... for nearly a week from Ensenada to Cabo - and possibly Yuma, Arizona, to Ensenada as well."

The H3T's optional cargo boxes are expected to include a small lunchbox/toolbox with the ability to easily lift-off and take to your worksite. Other boxes are likely to include cargo boxes that the whole length of the bed, as well as one which will run the width.

Engine options will include the new 295-horsepowerV8 as first shown in the H3 Alpha, as well a 242-horsepower 3.7-liter I5 powerplant.

The Shreveport-built H3T will start production in August of 2008, arrive in the third or forth quarter of 2008, as a 2009 model. Hummer plans to build about 35,000 units annually.

Photo Credit: Bob Spivey for Brenda Priddy & Company

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      • 7 Years Ago
      In a million years they'll be digging up these and piecing them together in museums next to dinosaurs.

      Ironically they're around as large.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not like the fact that the bed looks practical. I like impractical hummers.
      But the Military back look is great!! True to heritage
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give me a break, what a pig. Now it looks even MORE like a bloated Colorado/Canyon. By the time this is released, the Colycan will have the V8 option and be thousands cheaper.

      • 7 Years Ago
      It really needs to offer two less doors. The H3T concept from a few years ago was HOT.
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        I concur 100% that the 2 door was way cooler looking. But, I guess seating sells trucks now days. I am a case in point. I love the 2 door H3T but would never own it due to family size. I could own this.I just hate the thought of a dinky little bed on a truck. Best small truck fit for me would be a Tacoma long bed crew cab. But just try to get a Toyota dealer to get you one. I have had one Toyota dealer lie to me and tell me that they discontinued that trim!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen one driving around Metro Detroit too, between Milford and Ann Arbor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haven't manufacturers switched to the new plates yet?
      • 7 Years Ago
      A buddy of mine had an H2SUT for a few months before the gas prices forced him to sell it and buy a Toyota Tacoma.

      A week later all 4 tires we're slashed, the windows were smashed and "I have a small d1ck" was spray painted on the hood and sides of the thing. I know he was relieved that he dumped the thing before it happened to him.

      Too many haters out there.

        • 7 Years Ago
        So true. There is a misconception out there that Hummers are worse than let say Land Cruisers or Tahoes.
        Hummer hatred goes with Anti Americanism and Anti the US Miritarism.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'de pick a crewcab Canyon V8 over this any day, if I bought a domestic car. Otherwise, I would go for the Tacoma.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What? Another SUV from GM? There's a surprise.

      GM's dedication to gas consumption (as much as possible) is disgusting. It's laughable how much these guys rely on gas guzzling vehicles to stay in business.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! Hummer bashing! How original. Nobody's ever thought to do that before.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its the favorite past time for many posts on here. From GM to Ford to Toyota and now we are getting Bush bashing on the AUTOMOTIVE sites. People just love to hate and its becoming quite obnoxious and sad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't look any uglier in spy trim than in real life. No need to change a thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        WOW! They're bringing back the Pontiac AZTEK!?!?!?!?!?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ouch, that's ugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was at the 1000 and saw this running around and I knew something was up with it. The slant back was obviously a ploy to make this H3 blend in with the multitude of H1's that were present at the race. All while letting Gm sneak out into the wild where hardcore off road enthusiast, at least from so cal, will take their vehicles. I hope the guy who thought to take this Hummer prototype to the 1,000 got a bonus for this stroke of genius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not like the fact that it has a rather practical bed. I like Impractical Hummers
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