And while the H3T delivers on the promise of its familial looks, it does so with a youthful, masculine flair. "Regardless if you're a man or woman, it brings out a rebellious side to you that harks back to younger days," says Dean. "It's an irreverent vehicle - a bad boy in a black tie."
Riding on a 118.6-inch wheelbase and measuring 74.5 inches wide, the H3T wears the classic Hummer proportions -- wide stance, low roofline, and wheels at the corners -- that have made the H1 and H2 recognizable all over the world. And like the H1 truck, the H3T incorporates the cab and bed in a single structure for enhanced strength and an integrated appearance.
"This is a different-size vehicle, but it's a Hummer throughout," says Dean. "The cab configuration is personal and the smaller size makes the H3T more manageable and less intimidating to some drivers than larger vehicles. The smaller size also gives the H3T a more sporting and dynamic driving sensation."
To complement the H3T's solid structure with a "go anywhere, do anything" aesthetic, GM and Nike designers collaborated on several key aspects of the vehicle's design.
The H3T's tires evolved from discussions between GM Design and Nike Design regarding the question of off-road performance footwear influencing off-road performance tires. The result is the ACG TA tire, which addresses multiple traction environments with sand paddles, traction pads, and multiple durometers of rubber defined by different-color breakouts -- much like the design of Nike's ACG trail and hiking shoes. BFGoodrich partnered to engineer and build the striking tires.
Nike's influence on the interior includes the use of its Sphere material on the H3T's seats. The lightweight material, used by Nike in specialized clothing, can cool or warm the body without mechanical means. It also conveys a technical aesthetic that looks at home in the H3T. The seats also are enhanced by Nike Epic backpacks, which are integrated into seat-back clamshells and released with elastic bungees.
"The Nike collaboration is unique and exciting," says Dean. "It allowed us to share ideas and thoughts, while comparing our design process with a world leader in design innovation. The experience has enhanced the whole H3T project."