• Feb 6th 2008 at 3:15PM
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click above for more high-res shots of the 2009 HUMMER H3T

You've got to feel a little bad for the HUMMER H3T. While the rest of the crowd at GM's press conference had their focus set on the unveiling of the 2009 Chevy Traverse, the 2009 HUMMER H3T sat in the corner, all but ignored by camera-toting journos. We, however, know a good thing when we see it (though many of you might disagree). And considering how the H3T is sporting an elongated wheelbase and a five-foot long bed, it remains one of a few significant unveilings here in Chi-town.

Just as a refresher, the H3T gets power from either the anemic 3.7-liter five-cylinder mill we've come to know and loathe or a 5.3-liter V8 when equipped in the top-level Alpha trim. Towing capacity is 5,900 pounds, which should be plenty for a family of four with dirt bikes in tow.

Check out our high-res gallery of live and press shots below and head on over to our original post for all the details on the new HUMMER H3T.



  • Exclusive standard full-time four-wheel drive with 32-inch tires and skid plates
  • Crew cab body style with seating for five
  • Five-foot (1.5 meters) bed capable of carrying two dirt bikes, a snowmobile or ATV and full sheets of plywood
  • Extensive portfolio of officially licensed accessories
  • Standard StabiliTrak and head curtain side air bags
  • H3T Alpha with 5.3L V-8 and a 5,900-lb. (2,676 kg) towing capacity

CHICAGO – HUMMER is bringing its unmistakable style and unmatched capability to the truck market with the 2009 H3T. It is based on the architecture of the popular H3, but features a five-passenger crew cab and a separate five-foot-long (1.5 meters) bed.

The H3T is bigger than a midsize truck and smaller than a full-size truck, creating its own niche in the market. It also is infused with the attributes expected of a HUMMER, including exceptional off-road capability and a premium interior that is as functional as it is comfortable.

"With its unique size and HUMMER traits, the H3T is ideal for the customer who works hard and plays harder," said Martin Walsh, HUMMER general manager. "It offers the combination of truck versatility and HUMMER off-road prowess that delivers customers to the trail in style."

In addition to its segment-defying size, the H3T also stands apart from other trucks with its signature HUMMER off-road capability. It is the only midsize truck to come standard with full-time four-wheel drive, 32-inch tires and functional skid shields. It also is the only midsize truck to offer front and rear locking differentials, as well as 33-inch tires. The V-8-powered H3T Alpha can tow up to 5,900 pounds (2,676 kg).

The H3T is offered in four trim levels, including five-cylinder models and the popular, V-8-powered H3T Alpha edition. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2008 at GM's Shreveport, La., assembly plant, with vehicles arriving at HUMMER dealerships shortly thereafter. HUMMER will sell the H3T in North America, Europe and the Middle East.


Like all HUMMER models, the H3T has a purposeful design. Its consistent and iconic styling cues include a wide, aggressive stance; a low roofline and high beltline; and large, off-road tires. The wide, seven-slot grille and round headlamps mounted in square housings are signature HUMMER design elements.

"Form following function is at the core of HUMMER's design philosophy, and the H3T's capability reflects that mantra," said Carl Zipfel, HUMMER director of design and former motocross professional. "It has a distinctive look that could be mistaken for nothing except a HUMMER – and it also has the functionality to get the driver to and from the trail in style."

The crew cab body shares H3 styling and components from the B-pillar forward, while the rear section of the cab and the separate bed are unique to the H3T. The five-foot bed is similar in design and function to GM's recently redesigned full-size trucks, including an easily removable tailgate and provisions for a bed-rail accessory system. A full-size spare tire is mounted beneath the bed.

The bed is sized to carry a wide range of popular outdoor necessities, from hauling motocross bikes to Baja, a quad to camp, or backcountry gear to the trailhead. One of the industry's largest portfolios of accessories complements the H3T's bed, offering different cargo management options to suit all of those lifestyle interests.


One of the industry's broadest portfolios of vehicle accessories has been developed for the H3T. Centered on active lifestyles, items such as removable and lockable bed-mounted storage boxes; an adjustable bike chock that can be used to help secure mountain bikes or motorcycles; and a bed extender make full use of the standard bed-rail cargo management system. A range of additional accessories that improves off-road capabilities, provides passenger entertainment and enhances exterior styling is also available. There are more than 75 HUMMER Genuine Accessories offered.

In addition to the factory-developed accessory portfolio, HUMMER has partnered with top automotive aftermarket companies to develop more than 50 Officially Licensed HUMMER Accessories – a first for the brand. A variety of exterior enhancements, such as a Slant Back Bed Cover, hard tonneau covers and a winch are offered, along with cargo management solutions such as the BedSlide and bed divider, offering countless possibilities to personalize the H3T.


The H3T's crew cab cabin offers seating for five adults, with a 60/40-split rear bench seat that folds flat for increased cargo-carrying options. The cabin's layout is essentially identical to the acclaimed H3 SUV, with premium materials and attention to detail that give the vehicle a functional yet refined aesthetic.

Standard amenities also include air conditioning, power locks, power windows and remote keyless entry. An AM/FM radio with CD is standard and a premium Monsoon audio system is available. XM Satellite Radio also is standard and includes three months of trial service.

HUMMER's Rear Vision system and a navigation system are available. The Rear Vision system uses a camera mounted on the rear bumper, directly above the trailer hitch mount, to provide a view of objects directly behind the vehicle. Also, the safety and security of OnStar is standard, with Turn-By-Turn Navigation and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity available.


Standard in the H3T is the Vortec 3.7L I-5 with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. This inline five-cylinder engine offers an excellent combination of power and efficiency, delivering 242 horsepower (180 kW) at 5600 rpm* and 242 lb.-ft. of torque (328 Nm) at 4600 rpm. It is backed by a five-speed manual transmission or an available four-speed, electronically controlled automatic.

The H3T Alpha's 5.3L engine is a powerful and efficient member of GM's legendary small-block V-8 family. It is rated at 300 horsepower (224 kW)* and 320 lb.-ft. of torque (434 Nm).* An aluminum cylinder block is used with the H3 Alpha's engine. It helps reduce overall mass and maintains a more desirable front-to-rear weight balance.

A Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 5.3L engine. Flat towing is enabled on all H3 and H3T models.


The H3T's frame and suspension system are based on a stretched version of the H3 SUV's chassis and suspension – the same race-proven design found on Baja 1000-winning stock-class race trucks. The wheelbase measures 134.2 inches (3,409 mm) – 22 inches (86 mm) longer than the H3 SUV.

A ladder-type frame is the truck's foundation and it has a modular, three-piece design that incorporates fully boxed components for outstanding strength and stiffness. An independent SLA torsion bar front suspension and multileaf Hotchkiss-type rear suspension are used. There are two suspension packages available:

Z85 Heavy-Duty Handling and Trailering – This standard suspension delivers an excellent balance of on-highway comfort and off-road capability. It includes 32-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 16-inch, smoke-color steel wheels, specially tuned heavy-duty shocks and either a 4.56-ratio (3.7L) or 4.10-ratio (5.3L) rear axle.
Off-Road Adventure – Designed for more aggressive off-road performance, this optional suspension package includes taller, 33-inch tires, specifically tuned shocks, locking front and rear differentials, 4.03:1 low-range gearing in the transfer case and industry-leading crawl ratios of either 68.9 with the manual transmission or 56.2 with the automatic.

To support the torque output of the 5.3L V-8, the H3T Alpha's front differential case is made of cast iron; other models feature an aluminum case. V-8-powered vehicles also receive higher torsion bar rates to support the increased mass and specific shock valving. The chassis and suspensions were validated in real-world testing on off-road trails in Moab, Utah; the Rubicon Trail in California, and other challenging off-road venues.

Off-road capability

The H3T lives up to HUMMER's legendary off-road reputation, with best-in-class extreme off-road capability. Highlights include:

Ability to climb a 60-percent grade and traverse a 40-percent side slope
Exceptional 10.2-inch (285 mm) ground clearance (with 33-inch tires)
38.7-degree approach angle and 30.1-degree departure angle (with 33-inch tires)
Segment-first available front- and rear-locking differentials
Standard HUMMER Hill Hold Assist for improved hill ascension
"For most lifestyles, there's almost nothing the H3T can't handle," said Walsh. "It's a truck with HUMMER's immutable capability."

Complementing the features that enable the H3T's impressive off-road prowess are a host of first-class protective elements, including four standard skid shields: a front shield, an oil-pan shield/front-axle shield, a transfer case shield and a fuel tank shield.


Continuing HUMMER's tradition of delivering a broad range of safety systems, the H3T offers the following standard features:

  • Dual frontal air bags with GM's passenger sensing system
  • Head curtain side-impact air bags
  • StabiliTrak electronic vehicle stability control system
  • Four-wheel ABS with traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • LATCH rear child seat anchors
  • OnStar with one-year Safe & Sound service
The H3T was also designed for vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility in the event of a crash, and its rigid body structure provides good passenger protection.

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      • 7 Years Ago

      doesn't seem very significant in my eyes. Just another truck, albeit an overpriced one relying on it's questionable heritage to set it apart.

      I am, though, looking forward to the h4 to take on the Wrangler. Not that I think it'll win, but think it's about time there is some competition in that segment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lova Hewitt: You can "think" whatever you want, it just shows how little you know about offroad trucks :)

      There's no doubt the H1, H2 and H3 are all extremely capable stock offroad rigs. The only truck that compares is the Wrangler Rubicon, otherwise Jeep has lost all offroad capability on the rest of their vehicles. Infact, HUMMER is the only brand where every single model upholds extreme offroad capability in a stock truck.

      If you'd bother to pull your head out of your ass and actually see what HUMMER owners and the HUMMER racing team have accomplished in their STOCK trucks, you'd realize this too, but you'd rather be a BS salesman.

      I also find it amusing that you bring up the lack of an offroad simulation at the HUMMER booth at autoshows... but completely disregard the fact that HUMMER dealerships are the only offroad brand that have offroad courses built on their premises?

      But this is all pointless, you've never done any offroading, you seem like the type that would cry if you got a little dirt on your Nike's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it looks sharp but I have no use for a 13-16 mpg truck, as that is what 2 of my friends get with there H3's now.
      If they do not have any inside storage, like under or behind the back seat I do not think they will sell very well. This is one of the big reasons why the Colorado/Canyon does not sell very well, no inside storage. Need a place to but the tow strap, receiver hitch, gloves, 4-way etc. I would have bought a Canyon if it would have had any type of inside storage. Right now the Tacoma and Dakota have lots of storage under and behind the rear seat and I get 20-22mpg with my lifted 2001 Tacoma. I have been waiting for Chevy/ford to com out with something a little updated from what they have now, Not some Macho over-priced gas guzzler

      • 7 Years Ago
      Over-the-top vehicles for people who have more money than sense.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...how are trucks "over-the-top vehicles"???
      • 7 Years Ago
      "HUMMER is the only brand where every single model upholds extreme offroad capability in a stock truck"

      If so, then where are the awards? Where is the bragging about it on Hummer commercials? Most are computer generated backgrounds and funny music without showing its supposed super god like capabilities? They even showed one as a kalidascope? What the hell is that about? It takes more than Ron Hall or who ever the hell races them to prove long term durability. But if you can afford one or lease one, who really cares about that? I dont see the proof. With all due respect to your opinions about it, show me ironclad, unbiased proof from more than one small racing team.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Pretty sure just 2. One of which is a hybrid. The other is the H3T.

      The GMC Denali XT (which makes 3 if you count it as a 'truck') is a car-based UTE, that's also a hybrid.

      The Chevy Traverse is a crossover SUV.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Would you classify the El Camino as a 'truck' then?

        As I said before, the Traverse is a crossover, not a 'truck', but yeah, it's no small car (though it's WAY more useful than one).

        The Denali XT is a CAR-based ute. It's based off the same platform as the new Pontiac G8 sedan. If you want to call it a 'truck' because it's got an open bed, well, see El Camino question above...

        Fact of the matter is a LOT of the US still wants their big vehicles. The MFGs are simply producing what sells. Producing lots of high mileage econoboxes doesn't mean they're going to sell well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        According to Autoblog, these have been intro'ed so far at Chicago:

        2009 Chevy Traverse
        2009 HUMMER H3T
        GMC Denali XT Concept
        2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid

        I'm pretty sure these would end up classified as trucks. No cars of any kind so far, but that could change as the week goes on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anemic five-cylinder engine? 242hp in a compact/midsize truck is nothing to sneeze at. That's more than the V6 Tacoma, Dakota/Raider, Sport Trac, and Ranger. It's second only to the Frontier/Equator.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where do you get your GM percentages from? Quotes please? Show me a Hummer commercial off roading for real. No mention of reliabilty. No comment on handling, braking, acceleration, fuel economy, real true market value resale, not a handful of Hummer fans. Arent all of those things important on any vehicle on the face of the earth? It goes off road...and??? Upscale interior on an H3? You think the leather seats are unique and are not from another GM parts source. Come on man. No mention of aftermarket parts being fitted to build it? Hummer itself offers a ton of accessories to make it more off road worthy "as does Jeep to be fair" and even requires a special heavy duty package to achieve what it claims on the H3. Thats an option package to do those things, not stock. And no, i wouldnt laugh or make fun of Land Rover or old Land Cruisers because they are the ones you only see running around the toughest terrain in the world. The deserts of Africa, the jungles of South America. 115 degree heat and 100 percent humidity.

      The forge streams and mountain passes day in and day out. The modern electronics and systems in the Hummers wouldnt last in those harsh conditions for very long. If they did, they would be overtaking those duties and would be being exported by the hundreds of thousands, but they are not. Why? Cost and lack of proven durability. Im sorry but thats the way it is. People drive what works in those areas.

      They need more than a weekend rock climing event. They need something thats there for them day after day. Some are Jeeps yes, but even they are in the minority.

      Sorry i jump around so much but thats what people do who have the gift of being able to handle several topics and points at once. I sometimes forget that people process information at diffrent speeds. If you need me to slow down to your level, ill try too.

      Point is, you and i will believe what we want. You pointed out some Hummer brochure facts so thank you. I pointed out some examples of vehicles that have similar capability. Also some with equal or better capability. We both have some things to learn about each product so admit that and we are on the same page.

      We are both passionate about vehicles and of course we are going to build up the benefits of what we prefer. No one including you or me are going to readily admit errors or omissions of statements when supporting what we believe in. I am someone who simply has no choice, like most people, who need proof of things. Opinions of owners do carry some weight of course but i need unbiased documentation and real world trials to prove something. As you know, the H3 is reletively new and it will take several years to build a reputation for it. Same for the H3T. The H1 has an established reputation as a durable off road vehicle. The H2 not so much, its just whats floating around out there. Sometimes you cant believe the marketing hype thats all. If a vehicle has been proven and tested by independant third parties that are not influenced by the manufacturer, which is nearly impossible these days, then it does carry more weight. You cannot deny Jeeps heritage. It does take more than pure off roading to make a successful vehicle. A WWII half track was a great off roader too but refinement is important as well. You may respond to this if you wish but there is nothing more to be said on the topic from me. Good points were made by both of us so both of us must deal with it. We were both right on some topics and both wrong on others. Thats life. Good luck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks nice. Good for people who just drive trucks for no reason. I have to admit though, I do kind of like those people because whenever I need to borrow one I have a friend who has one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry Butch. Land Rover had off road tracks at their dealerships before Hummer did. Jacked up Jeeps and pickups were off roading long before your little luxo Hummingbirds were invented. Go to almost any serious off road competition or off road trail for that matter and you will see Fords, Chevys, and Jeeps. Hummers are rich boy pimp toys. You can do the same and more in the less expensive Jeeps and modified 1970's pickups and if you deny that then you need to get away from your Beverly Hills trails and get out in the real off roading world. I have been to many off roading events and i can count on one hand how many H2's were there. Fact is, they are no better then the lightly modified Jeeps and pickups that do the same thing. Low range is low range. Traction is traction. The Hummer H3 is a luxury part time off roader for rich boys who dont know how to build there own off road vehicle. Its just perfect for rap artists who need something that can hold 1500 pounds of chrome and tacky dog dish rims. Enjoy your lease Mary.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're relentless, and this will be my last response to you. I'm giving you facts, and you keep running circles around them and providing your OPINIONS.

      The GM %'s come directly from GM engineers who frequent the HUMMER messageboards and help owners. They know the trucks inside and out more than anybody, and have full access to all the engineering data.

      Handling, braking are some of the best on any SUV, especially a truck that is designed for offroad. Infact it handles like a sports car more than a truck, with a spectacular turning radius. Go to a HUMMER dealer and drive one. You're bringing up topics that aren't an issue, yet you try to pretend they are, I really don't get it.

      Yes, the H3 interior is luxurious, and no, the seats are not in any other GM vehicle, they are unique to the H3... Just like the rest of the interior components.

      There's only one option on the H3 that affects offroading, and that's the offroad package. It adds a rear locking diff, larger tires, and some more rigid shocks. There are H3's without this package that do everything the Adventure Package H3's do, except they use BTM to help with lacking a rear locker.

      I'm certainly not knocking down Rover's or Cruiser's, but their use worldwide has more to do with geography and popularity due to geography than anything else. HUMMER is finally starting to grow around the globe, so you'll start seeing them popping up around those locations more and more. There are a few owners on the forums I frequent that are from Brazil and they run their rigs in those climates, no issues.

      Again, it's amusing you're talking about "modern electronics" wouldn't last long in those conditions, when Land Rover uses electonics more than any other 4x4 brand. All their controls are button switches and knobs. Land Rover is also known for some of the worst reliabilty, constantly ranking last in all of the publication rankings. People there drive them because that's what is widely available. 4x4's and reliability are a sensitive subject, they have more going on than any other vehicle so it's natural that they will have a larger percentage of failure. HUMMER recently ranked most improved over the previous year in reliability. Speaking from my experience, it's the most reliable vehicle I've owned.

      I'm going to ignore your little childish jab at my intelligence. Just one piece of advice, use your vast godly intelligence, and form a logical paragraph to help us stupid people. Heck, if I can do it, surely you can too with such an advanced thought process...

      The true point is, I've only given you facts, while you jumped around with your opinions and relentless questioning of non-issues. What's next, you're going to complain about HUMMER not ever discussing how much damage the gas tank can take? That must mean it's a weakness in the vehicle, oh no!

      I'm not building anything up, I wheel the vehicle I'm talking about, you don't. I'm speaking from personal experience, you're not.

      You want real world trials, yet you don't trust the owners? THOSE ARE THE REAL WORLD TRIALS, and owners won't be biased considering if they have had issues, they would be mad and complain, not sit back and praise the vehicle.

      There are enough people wheeling their H2's and H3's on some of the most difficult terrain in North America (and now other parts of the world) to give those vehicles deserved credit. If you need a decade or two to believe it, that's your problem. While we're out there enjoying the vehicles, you're behind a computer screen knocking them down with absolutely no personal experience on how they perform. Keep questioning, but since you don't believe owners it makes your posts here pointless.

      Nice talking to you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      dang it, that was supposed to be a reply to Prissy Pants above.
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