Considering the current state of the SUV market in the U.S., and specifically the horrendous sales figures of the Hummer brand, you could be forgiven for thinking that the General would pull any future developments off the table in view of its desire to rid itself of the money-losing marque. Apparently, that's not the case. Hummer will soldier on, offering new flex-fuel engines in all of its offerings. The smallest model, the H3, is scheduled to get an ethanol-capable V6 engine
, most likely sometime next year for the 2010 model. The big-boy models, the H2 and H2 SUT, will be the first trucks to be endowed with E85 FlexPower V8 engines
starting next month. Considering how dismal the fuel mileage of a Hummer H2 already is, and the fact that it is sure to go down while running on ethanol
, expect mileage in the single digits. Europeans are likely to get a four-cylinder diesel
engine option in the H3, though there is no word as of yet if it will come to the U.S. Lastly, we can't think of any good reason that GM wouldn't offer its new 4.5-liter Duramax
in the large Hummers. In any case, we can't imagine that these new powerplants will help sales all that much, ethanol-capable or not.