2009 Hummer H3T

By February 21, 2008
2009 Hummer H3T
On Sale: Third quarter 2008
Expected Pricing: About $30,000

Hummer released the full-size H2 SUV in 2003 and followed with a pickup version called the H2 SUT in 2005. Hummer expanded its lineup with the midsize H3 SUV in 2005 as a 2006 model.

Now the H3 gets the pickup treatment. At the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, Hummer announced the 2009 H3T pickup would be released this fall as a 2009 model.

The Hummer H3T was originally shown as a concept vehicle at the 2004 LA Auto Show. That concept had a two-passenger regular cab, a five-foot bed and a 3.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower.

The 2009 Hummer H3T production version will have a five-passenger crew cab, a five-foot bed, and five-cylinder or V8 power.

Engine choices for the 2009 Hummer H3T will mirror those of the standard H3. The base engine will be GM's Vortec 3.7-liter five-cylinder, while the H3T Alpha model will have a 5.3-liter small-block V8. With dual overhead cams and variable valve timing, the 3.7 will produce 242 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque, and come with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The overhead valve V8 will make 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque and come only with the automatic. With the V8, the H3T Alpha will be able tow up to 5900 pounds.

The H3T will share styling and body components with the H3 SUV from the B-pillar forward, while the rear of the cab and the bed will be unique to the H3T. The five-foot bed will have a removable tailgate and provisions for a bed-rail accessory system. To accommodate the bed, Hummer has lengthened the H3's wheelbase almost 22 inches.

Two suspensions will be offered: the Z85 Heavy-Duty Handling and Trailering suspension with 32-inch all-terrain tires on 16-inch steel wheels, and the Off-Road Adventure suspension with 33-inch tires and locking front and rear differentials. The full-size spare tire will be mounted under the bed.

H3T will have Hummer's trademark off-road capability. It will come standard with full-time four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, four skid plates, Hill Hold Assist, and 10.2 inches of ground clearance. Off-road options will consist of two additional axle ratios, as well as the locking differentials and Off-Road suspension.

GM has said that the H3T will be offered with three trim levels, including the Alpha, but hasn't delineated the lineup. Air conditioning, power accessories, remote keyless entry and XM satellite radio will be standard. A rearview camera will be optional.

Standard safety equipment will include dual front airbags, head-protecting curtain side airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, antilock brakes, traction control, and GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control. GM's OnStar system with one year of service will also be standard.

Hummer will offer several factory accessories for the H3T, including removable and lockable bed-mounted storage boxes, an adjustable bike chock for mountain bikes or motorcycles, and a bed extender. In addition, Hummer has worked with several aftermarket companies to develop numerous licensed accessories.

Hummer hasn't announced pricing, but we expect the 2009 Hummer H3T to start at about $30,000 when it goes on sale this fall. It will be built at GM's plant in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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