Posted Feb 1st 2012 3:29AM
General Motors is known to have had its eye on the niche occupied by the Jeep Wrangler. And at the Detroit auto show next week, it will reveal more of its intentions to field a Wrangler competitor in the shape of the Hummer HX Concept. Hummer has now given us a look at the HX concept ahead of its unveiling at January’s 2008 North American International Auto Show. The Hummer HX Concept is a look at the brand’s next step, a two-door, four-passenger open-air SUV smaller than the H3.
Motivation for the Hummer HX Concept comes from an E85 FlexFuel 3.6L SIDI V-6 that is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is teamed with the 4WD system to offer exceptional low-speed traction and crawling capability. Four-wheel-disc brakes provide confident stopping power. Compared to the H3, the HX concept is shorter by approximately 10 inches, but the Hummer HX‘s track is slightly wider than the H3’s, giving it a squat look that should prove exceptionally stable off-road. Engineers on hand wouldn’t comment on whether the HX was built on a shortened H3 chassis, but the likelihood is strong.
A full-time 4WD system pulls the Hummer HX Concept over, through and around off-road obstacles. It transfers torque to the front and rear axles, each of which is equipped with a locking differential. The torque meets the trail via custom 35-inch-tall off-road tires that are mounted on a set of custom, bead-lock-style wheels that have a two-tone appearance; dark-painted wheel centers complemented by silver-anodized outer rims. If Hummer can bring an H4 to showrooms that are even half as cool as the HX, no one will care if gas is $4 per gallon.