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Posted by mike on 2008/1/9 8:02:47 (3572) reads


A bunch of web sites just broke the media embargo on the Hummer HX, slated to debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

According to the press release, here are the main selling points of the HX:

* Youthful, open-air entry-level-size HUMMER
* Designed by a trio of young designers
* Convertible body with removable roof panels and modular rear roof assembly
* Easily removable fender flares and doors
* Full-time 4WD with front and rear locking differentials
* Aeronautically inspired interior with functional, lightweight design elements
* Reconfigurable instruments for highway and off-road driving
* 3.6L SIDI V-6 E85 FlexFuel engine with six-speed automatic transmission

HummerForums.com have the complete set of high-resolution photos.

Autoblog.com has the full press release.

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Posted: 2009/4/16 16:39  Updated: 2009/4/16 16:39
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Posted: 2008/1/10 19:03  Updated: 2008/1/10 19:03
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Sweet!

I like it a lot. I won't go as far as saying that Jeep's Wrangler has been one-upped. But this little Hummer will compete in the market for sure.....depending on its pricing.

At the very least this shows that Hummer (GM) is wanting to get into the game and Chrysler will most likely have to respond accordingly. A bit of competition will likely yield even more interesting Jeep products for consumers.

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Posted: 2008/1/10 11:49  Updated: 2008/1/10 11:56
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Going after other markets got us the Compass. Sometimes you don't need to step outside of the things you do well.

I'll admit -albeit begrudgingly- I like the back view. Front looks flocking oogly. But like the man said, it's hard to build something that doesn't look like a Jeep ripoff when that's all you've ever done to begin with. It is almost -but not quite- the same sort of similarity between the M151 and the M38A1.

I don't think Jeep needs to worry. This won't challenge a Wrangler. However, I think it will help raise the bar competition-wise. It might even prompt Jeep to greenlight the Renegade concept. And a Gladiator concept as well as a JT.



And then pigs will fly out of my--


Nevermind....



Good call on that Camaro!! Jayziss, will it ever see the light of day? I wouldn't expect to see the HX any time soon.

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Posted: 2008/1/10 10:00  Updated: 2008/1/10 10:09
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The Isuzu distant sibling seems to be the wierd looking "Vehicross"... which disappeared in 2001. Interestingly, GM & Isuzu do have close collaberations. This looks like they took a Vehicross and boxed it in with flat armor plates!

For example, GM's inline-5 was originally developed for Isuzu, but they ultimately balked at it, so GM put it in the H3 instead. Inside info.

Like some of the posters said, GM will hose it up by charging way too much $$. I notice they don't list a STICK for this one either... though the H3 does have a manual tranny available.

Looking at GM's soncept-to-market time for the new Camaro, expect to see the HX sometime in 2015!

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Posted: 2008/1/10 9:09  Updated: 2008/1/10 9:09
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Let 'em build it. It will be at least 2x the cost of a Rubi, most will be sold to urban pavement warriors who will bling them to within and inch of their lives, with giga watt sound systems that will pump out only thumping base tracks as they cruise along on gold plated rims illuminated by flashing disco lights mounted underneath the lowered frame.
And when they actually try to get off the pavement (other than parking on the grass in front of their time share) , somebody with a Jeep will be there to pull the wundercar and the pathetic driver from the mud.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 15:57  Updated: 2008/1/9 15:57
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It's hard to come out with something original and separate from Jeep when you try to build a direct competitor to Jeep based in a vehicle lineup who's original design appearance was built by Jeep LOL

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Posted: 2008/1/9 22:26  Updated: 2008/1/9 22:28
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They've hit a few style clues...
Fastback top- looks sharp
"pocket" style flares

I think Hummer got it right with the H2SUT (copied some queues from the ford Explorer Sport-trac and the old H1)

Their choice of putting the electronic swaybar discos and lockers...it just can't replace my LJ.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 15:11  Updated: 2008/1/9 15:11
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Let's see...

High reving V6 with no guts on the low end
Heavy
All wheel drive, weak!
IFS, even weaker!
FAKE air drop hooks on the hood, blocking most of the view from the golf cart size windshield.

... i don't think Jeep has anything to worry about. This Hummer, like others is as much competition as a yugo.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 10:11  Updated: 2008/1/9 10:11
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That will never see production in that form... complete lack of roll cage to protect the rear passengers means it will not pass current Federal safety regulations.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 11:15  Updated: 2008/1/9 11:15
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Reading the list of features it would seem the designers have pretty much hit the nail on the head for the average daily commuter who wants to be able to have a minor off roading experience on the weekends. I believe this (or a very similar) production vehicle will give the Wrangler a real run for the money. HOWEVER, unless Wrangler really goes off the deep end, they don't have to worry about loosing customers like me. I won't buy a utility vehicle without A MANUAL TRANSMISSION!

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Posted: 2008/1/9 11:27  Updated: 2008/1/11 5:09
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Is that true? Seems like if that is true it would be a major "ooops" for the design team! It wouldn't surprise me to find out that there is some loophole that allows this vehicle NOT to have a roll cage.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 10:08  Updated: 2008/1/9 10:08
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As much as I love my Wrangler, I welcome the Hummer competion. Jeep needs a swift kick in the a$$. Maybe now they will look into diesel Wranglers and better gas engines.

I haven't given up on Jeep, but they need more incentives on the innovation department (Build the Gladiator/JT!)

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Posted: 2008/1/9 10:08  Updated: 2008/1/9 10:08
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Not sure I'd want to ride in the back w/o a cage over my head.

Targeting Jeeps...yep.
Full time 4WD...bummer.
Only auto tranny...bummer.
Lockers...sweet

Reminiscent of the Willys II comcept
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/pic.php?imagenum=5&carnum=1092

With the top on, it's a fastback style. Wh will fit in the back seat? Remember, it's just a concept, like the Hurricane. it may never see production.

And if it does, the JK will still sell better.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 8:24  Updated: 2008/1/9 8:24
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HAHA - even the Hummer people over on that HummerForums site are arguing about how much it looks like a Jeep knock-off. Great job, GM! Even your faithful realize that you can't come up with anything original.

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Posted: 2008/1/9 8:51  Updated: 2008/1/9 8:51
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I think its somewhat refreshing that an American car co. is actively pursuing new customers. Too bad Chrysler doesnt want any new customers All car co's should be doing whatever they can to appeal to all the Jeep customers that have been spurned by Chrysler. If Chrysler wont allow Jeep to build vehicles that people want ( GLADIATOR ) then those people will look elsewhere. Too bad for Jeep, but that business will go somewhere


Just build that damn GLADIATOR !

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Posted: 2008/1/9 20:24  Updated: 2008/1/9 20:24
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dang.. and here I was thinking Izuzu already did this, didn't they ? I believe they called it the Amigo. Maybe GM was trying to make a cross between the Amigo and a Jeep so they could be 'like nothing else' ???... AGAIN.
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