Rumor: GMC planning a successor of the iconic Hummer?

Article by Christian A., on March 3, 2014

Despite the fact that GM stopped Hummer production, it appears that the brand is not actually dead. According to Benjamin Hunting over at TheCarGuide, who spoke with a GMC designer in the past week, the brand owned by GM is in the process of putting together a new model that will be a successor to the Hummer.

Still, do not expect a rugged version of the current Terrain as GMC is actually preparing a brand new vehicle that will challenge the Jeep Wrangler.

Moreover, there are no details when this new vehicle could hit the dealerships but if this is true we should see a concept version of the new Hummer successor from GMC. We do hope that GMC will not follow the same path it did with the Granite Concept though…

For those who do not remember, Hummer built quite popular models such as the H1 and the H2, but when the H3 arrived bankruptcy and fuel mileage concerns killed the brand.

The 2008 HUMMER H2 is a key step in this classic vehicle’s evolution. From safety to performance to comfort to overall sophistication, the new H2 range offers more of what people want from HUMMER. Especially impressive is the new, more elegance interior.

HUMMER presented the 2008 H2 at the Auto Show in New York. The H2 SUT also includes changes to the powertrain, as well as to the interior and exterior. Customers can purchase the '08 H2 and H2 SUT later in the year.

The new powertrain combines a 6.2 L all-aluminium small-block V-8, rated at 393 hp (293 kW) – standing for a 20 percent increase over the prior engine - and a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. Performance-enhancing engine tech, like variable valve timing, and the wide six-speed gear ratios, including for "tall" overdrive, create better performance and efficacy than prior models.

This a rare instance when better performance is coupled with better efficiency. The H2’s increased power helps highway manoeuvring, like entering from an on-ramp, feel easy while bolstering towing ability simultaneously.

Brand-new, luxury interior

Drivers will sense the '08 H2's enhanced road performance, and they will even further appreciate the brand-new interior. It has a fully redesigned instrument console, new seating - including a full two-passenger third row – all-new door trim panels, controls, rear-seat temperature controls, rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment, and premium radios.

The new interior offers an elegant, luxury feel while preserving HUMMER's classic ruggedness. Everything from flushed controls to highly crafted materials in the new H2 interior, while the minute details, like leather piping on the seats, produce a seamless, high-quality interior design stylishness throughout every HUMMER.

The H2 seats have a new, chiselled look and provide better comfort. HUMMER’s engineers focused on each detail to enhance comfort inside. For example, they mounted the front seat safety belts to the B-pillars instead of to the seats. This enabled the engineers to tune uncompromised comfort into the seating. Front seat safety belt pretensioners are also new, and standard.

As a complement to the new seating are all-new door trim panels, instrument panel, and six-gauge instrument panel featuring a more elegant look and better tolerance. And, the new interior design has gap tolerances of one mm and under.

Soft-touch materials and new, more tangible controls improve the craftsmanship feel. A brand-new centre stack holds the temperature controls and new GM radios, which include a standard premium Bose audio system and available surround sound. The instrument cluster also has new ventilation to enhance temperature comfort all through the automobile – especially in the seats in the second and third rows.

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