Unfortunately for the industry of covering vehicles, but not unfortunately for you, the embargo of the Hummer HX concept has been broken. Manufacturers give us details and previews of vehicles months ahead of their eventual introduction, with agreements amongst print and new media on what date the info can be released. Unfortunately when the gun is jumped and our competitors let the cat out of the bag, we have no choice but to remain competitive by breaking the embargo to make sure our readers are in the know.
Last month we were invited out to the Hummer design studio in Detroit to get a first hand look at the HX concept vehicle (and more), a precursor to what you can expect to see with the upcoming H4. It has a more modern look that still is unmistakable Hummer with its taut proportions and upright windshield.
Smaller than the H3, the body-on-frame HX is 81-inches wide with a 103-inch wheelbase, and 35-inch tires. The HX has a configurable top system, removable fender flares and doors, and reservoir shocks. While the suspension is independent at all four corners, the rear is slick trailing arm setup that may or may not make it to production. Suspending the HX are coilover shocks at all four corners and ensuring off-road prowess are front and rear lockers and a 4:1 transfer case. Power comes from a 3.6L DOHC V-6 that runs on E85. The HX benefits from a full-time 4WD system as well as a full complement of skid plating.
We happen to love the HX, and we think it points a clear direction to which seven-slot grille company is really serious about being THE off-road brand. What do you think? Will the H4 be able to take down the stalwart Wrangler? Will you ignore this concept because of the IRS? Does it appeal to your wheeling senses?
We'll have more details next week from the Detroit Auto Show, so until then feel free discuss!
--Sean P. Holman
Tech Editor - Four Wheeler Magazine