At the rear, the tailgate features exposed hinges (with integrated gas struts) and cantilevers to provide an unbroken load platform for the bed. The bed is more than 4 feet wide and has very small fender intrusions.
"The H3T supposes a new realm of rugged, yet premium choices for drivers who find larger vehicles don't fit their needs," says Lyon. "With the H3T, a whole new group of driving enthusiasts benefits from the relevance of Hummer's unflappable capability. There simply is nothing like it in the midsize truck market."
The H3T is built on a modified GM midsize truck platform, including the coil-over front and rear suspensions. Fox remote-reservoir shocks are used for the ultimate in off-road dampening. An automatic transfer case locks the vehicle into four-wheel drive when needed.
The locking front and rear axles on the H3T are borrowed from full-size GM trucks. Braking is accomplished with four-wheel discs from Alcon. The 15-inch-diameter rotors are clamped down upon with Baer six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear; 19-inch wheels are mounted at all corners.
A 350-horsepower turbocharged version of GM's new Vortec 3500 inline five-cylinder engine powers the H3T, and it's backed by the heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L65-E electronically controlled four-speed transmission. The compact turbocharged five-cylinder engine makes 350 lb.-ft. of torque, which helps the H3T tackle steep terrain with ease.
Although currently a concept vehicle, the H3T was built with production-type components, including chassis and suspension components that were leveraged from existing GM truck architectures.
"Everything about the H3T says Hummer," says Dean. "The package may be a little smaller, but the personality, functionality and, most importantly, the off-road superiority is all there."