General Motors announced yesterday that the new 2007 Hummer H3x mid-size SUV will be available in August at a base price of $38,065. Although, for a vehicle of this sort, the price seems a bit steep, GM tries to sweeten the deal with some extra standard equipment that you would otherwise have to buy either from third party sellers, or get from Hummer itself, which usually means that they would try to sell you a cheap chromed bull-bar at a price of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Based on the H3 Street concept that was first demonstrated during the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, the new Hummer H3X offers its young customers plush leather interior and a powerful Monsoon sound system. Well, perhaps calling the interior was not quite correct, since the list of materials clearly lacks precious woods and painstakingly finished metal surfaces, but, for an American vehicle, the SUV’s interior looks nicely designed and even quite ergonomic. It also seems that the standard stereo could be easily swapped for something more upscale, which is nice.
The luxury version of the most popular and least expensive Hummer will include chrome tube steps, a chrome fuel filler door, a chrome appearance package and roof rack brightwork.
GM also plans to put 18-inch chrome wheels and a chrome brush guard into the standard package. Thankfully, the grille and hard spare tire cover will be painted in a body-color, no chrome here.
The list of other standard equipment includes full-time electronic four-wheel drive, OnStar communication system, and Stabilitrak technology. As you can see, unlike the legendary HUMVEE-based Hummer H1, this new crossover vehicle lacks the off-road prowess of the model that started it all. It basically offers you nothing but badass looks, not particularly roomy interior, and some exquisite pain in the butt when it comes to parking the huge car on a busy street. However, GM seems to quite comfortably exploit complexes and insecurities of a younger person, so I am sure that the model will sell quite well (for a time being).
Built on GM GMT345 platform, the new H3x shares its underpinnings with Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks and is offered with the same engines, including the 5.3-liter LH8 V8 powerplant.
The 2007 Hummer H3 and H3x will both receive the new Vortec 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing.
Mated with either automatic or manual transmission, the engine is capable to produce 242 hp at 5600 rpm and 242 lb.-ft. (328 Nm) of torque at 4600 rpm.
Although clearly designed with a city dweller in mind (the baby Hummer is only 4778 millimeters long, 1897 mm wide and 1872 mm high, which makes it almost 30 centimeters shorter and only 4 centimeters wider than the 2006 Chevrolet Impala sedan,) the new truck is still capable of showing its teeth when taken off-road.
With a ground clearance of 23 centimeters (9.1 inches) as well as approach and departure angles of 37.4 and 34.7 degrees respectively, the vehicle will be nothing to sneeze it, especially if compared with trendy crossover SUVs.
Photos: GM / Hummer
2007 Hummer H3x SUV technical specification
Estimated base price (MSRP): starts from $38,065
Body Type: 5-door SUV
Layout: front engine, electronic 4WD
Engine: 239 hp @ 5800 rpm, 241 lb-ft (326 Nm) @4600 rpm, 3.7-liter, inline-5
Transmission: 4-Speed automatic
Top Speed: 111 mph
0 – 62 mph: 10.0 seconds
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 14 / 18 (16.8 / 13.1)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/Wheelbase) inches: 187.5 / 85.0 / 73.2 / 111.9
Ground clearance: 9.7 in
Track (frt/rr): 65.0 / 65.5
Approach Angle (degrees): 37.4
Breakover Angle (degrees): 22.1
Departure Angle (degrees): 34.7
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.0
Curb Weight: 4695 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): 1280 lbs
Towing Capacity (max): 4500 lbs
Direct Competitors: Dodge Durango, GMC Envoy, Nissan Xterra, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Toyota 4Runner