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New Hummer double cab bakkie

2008-01-30 08:14
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Hummer
Model H3T
Engine 3.7-litre, 20-valve, inline five-cylinder; 5.3-lit
Power 180kW @ 5600r/min; 224kW @ 5200r/min
Torque 328Nm @ 4600r/min; 434Nm @ 4000r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual, four-speed auto
Fuel Tank 97-litre
ABS Yes
Airbags Yes, dual-front and head curtain side-impact air b
Tyres 265/75R16 or 285/75R16
Front Suspension Independent couble-wishbone, torsion bar
Rear Suspension Hotchkiss”-design multileaf, semi-elliptic dual-st
GM has added a dollop of practically to the Hummer range by adding a double cab bakkie version of the H3, called the H3T.

Based on a stretched version of the H3 chassis - the bakkie chassis is longer by 86mm and in overall lenght by 600mm - and powered by the same 3.7-litre in-line 5, or 5.3-litre V8 engine, the bakkie is less of poser's vehicle than the standard H3.

Half-tonner

H3T utility load space is not particularly capacious at only 1.5-metres, nor able to carry a full ton with the 3.7-litre taking only 522kg and the 5.3-litre a meagre 460kg payload.

Featuring 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, the loadbed is tailored for lifestyle users.

The H3T loadbed can take two dirt bikes or a quad, which is really all lifestyle orientated buyers would need, instead of having to tow a bike or quad trailer behind them, which is the case with a H3.

Although the meagre carrying capacity inhibits the possibility of long-range off-road sojourns, the key Hummer drivetrain and suspension ingredients are still present to ensure formidable off-road ability none the less.

Front and rear lockers

Riding on a ladder frame chassis, with permanent all-wheel drive, H3T will feature a standard or off-road adventure suspension package, the latter featuring larger tyres enabling 285mm ground clearance, locking front and rear differentials and exceptional crawl ability thanks to a 4.03:1 low range gearing.

Underbody protection is comprehensive too with a front shield, an oil-pan shield/front-axle shield, a transfer case shield and a fuel tank shield.

Old- and new-school power

Powering the bakkies are a long-stroke 3.7-litre in-line five cylinder and a 5.3-litre V8. Although both petrol engines are fuel injected, the 180kW/328Nm 3.7-litre is the more sophisticated, featuring overhead camshafts and four-valve per cylinder valve-gear, whilst the pushrod 5.3-litre V8, producing 224kW and 434Nm, is a good old American two-valve per cylinder lugger.

The 3.7-litre drives through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission - similar to the H3 available locally - whilst the 5.3-litre V8 is only available with the four-speed automatic gearbox. H3T'sdouble-cab has a 60/40-split rear bench seat that folds flat for increased cargo-carrying options, with the rest of the cabin similar to the H3.

Standard amenities also include air conditioning, power locks, power windows and remote keyless entry.

An AM/FM radio with CD/MP3 capability is standard and a premium Monsoon audio system is available. XM Satellite Radio also is standard and includes three months of trial service.

A rear vision system and a navigation system are available. The rear vision system uses a rear bumper mounted camera, directly above the trailer hitch mount, to provide a view of objects directly behind the vehicle.

Hummer H3T is set to enter the US market towards the middle of this year.

  • No word yet on the possibility of right-hand drive versions or local availability, although the modular design of the H3 has enabled strong local production of right-hand drive versions for export and the local market. GMSA told Wheels24 that there are no plans yet to launch the H3T here. It would be a shame if bakkie obsessed South Africans were denied the H3T.

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