The New Right-Hand Drive HUMMER H3

Hummer H3

Hummer H3


Since the beginning, HUMMER vehicles have been in a class of their own, with extreme style and capability, unmatched by the competition.  The latest chapter in the story is the HUMMER H3, designed in response to demand from global markets for a premium everyday driving vehicle, offering the legendary HUMMER performance.

Developed for markets around the world and built in South Africa, the H3 embodies the marque’s unique styling features and iconic shape.  In addition, the H3 has a premium interior design and a 3.7-litre engine with the choice of a manual or automatic transmission and a full-time four-wheel-drive system.

H3 packs its authentic HUMMER style and capability into more compact dimensions.  Compared to the HUMMER H2, the H3 is 39 mm shorter, 171 mm lower and 73 mm narrower.  Roughly the same length as a larger family saloon, H3 can navigate city traffic, yet still deliver HUMMER’s trademark crawling and climbing capability off-road.

The 4,782 mm long HUMMER H3 is powered by General Motors’ Vortec 3.7-litre engine with dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing.  Specifically designed for this type of vehicle, it delivers 244 hp (180 kW) at 5600 rpm and 328 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm.

H3 is the first HUMMER ever to offer the choice of a manual or an automatic transmission.  In addition to the Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission, a smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission is available, offering ultimate driver control.

At the heart of the HUMMER H3’s capability is its electronically controlled four-wheel drive system.  The system is augmented with traction control, an optional locking rear differential and StabiliTrak stability control, which is offered as standard.  The H3 can ford 407 mm deep water at 20 mph or 610 mm deep streams at a 5 mph pace, and climb 407 mm vertical steps or rocks.

This off-road performance is also aided by the “wheel at each corner” design giving a maximum approach angle of 37.5 degrees and maximum departure angle of 35.5 degrees.  These approach and departure angles permit the H3 to drive into a hole and back out again, without getting hung up at the front or the rear.

The H3’s more compact size provides manoeuvrability advantages, such as an 11.3 metre turning circle, making equally easy work of parking manoeuvres or tight turns when off-roading.  A 219 mm ground clearance and maximum breakover angle of 23.5 degrees make it possible to clear large obstacles in off-road driving.

Prices for the new right-hand drive HUMMER H3 will be announced later.

19 March 2007 Staff

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