The Hummer HX Concept is one of the SUV that got a lot of attention at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The two-door off-road compact vehicle is designed to compete with the Jeep Wrangler and other rugged SUVs. It is smaller than H2 and H3 and is positioned into a cheaper market segment.
Hummer HX Concept – Stylish Exterior Design:
The Hummer HX Concept is based on a body-on-frame design platform. Other Hummers like H2 and H3 are using this platform, so we expect the new car to get a lot of features from these outgoing models. The platform involves the use of electro-galvanized steel and welded steel frame. In order to protect the car from off-road obstacles, the automaker will come up with a 13-inch ground clearance and a strong undercarriage protection.
From the Hummer HX Concept, we can wait for a car with three removable roof panels. The panels are located above the driver seat, the passenger seats and at the rear end. Doors and fender flares are also removable. So we are generally waiting for a convertible Hummer. A matte olive paint will be the standard exterior color.
Inside the cabin of Hummer HX Concept SUV, you will meet the same matte olive color. The entire interior is made of sheet metal with only a few parts carrying materials like rubber, ballistic nylon and fabric. You will also come across bucket-type seats, and others which are removable. The car will be designed to accommodate four passengers.
Most of the convenience features are located at the center console. You will find the shifter and the engine start button on this part. The console also has a compartment for an MP3 player and phones. The car will not come with a conventional radio, but will have a digital player access and an integrated speaker system. When it comes to safety, the Hummer HX Concept is fitted with side air bags, stability control, blind spots monitoring and more other standard and advanced safety features.
Hummer HX Concept – Engine and Transmission Kit:
We are anticipating for the existing 3.6-liter SIDI V6 engine to feature in the HX. This engine can generate 304 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque at 6300 rpm and 5200 rpm respectively. It is lightweight and comes with a lot of high-tech features. We thus expect it to offer better performance and fuel economy. The engine may run on bio fuels according to an announcement made by the automaker sometime back.
A six-speed automatic transmission will be available to facilitate for smooth shifts and thus comfortable rides. Other features that will improve the powertrain performance include direct injection and variable valve timing. The car will have a full-time all-wheel drive. Fuel consumption figures are expected to be around 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
Hummer HX Concept – Pricing and Competition:
Hummer cars are well known to be expensive, but do not expect to break the bank to own this one. As mentioned earlier, the car will be positioned into a cheaper market segment. Base price is likely to be as low as $25,000. Being in the concept stage, its release date is not known. Rumors have it that the automaker is still fine-tuning the concept to make is more viable.
You can expect Jeep cars to give the new Hummer a good run for its money. There will also be strong rivalry from other less-rugged off-roaders.