The big news for the Hummer H2 for 2005 is the introduction of the SUT pickup truck model, covered in a separate entry. The H2 receives a power increase from 316 hp to 325, and from 360 lb-ft of torque to 365. There are also two new exterior colours, Medium Wheat leather seating is now standard, and OnStar Gen 6 hardware with upgraded hands-free capability is standard. New available options include a luxury interior of black leather and chrome trim, a new touch-screen navigation system and a chrome stainless steel brush guard.

The Hummer H2 comes in a single trim line, powered by a 6.0-litre V8 with a four-speed automatic transmission. Its features include power foldaway heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, roof rack side rails, full underbody skid plates, 17-inch aluminum wheels, trailering package, variable intermittent wipers, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, HomeLink garage door opener, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto up/down on all windows, ten-way power adjustable heated front seats, driver position memory, leather interior, 60/40 folding second seat with heated cushions, Bose CD/cassette system with eight speakers, four-wheel disc brakes and OnStar.

The H2 is based on a Chevrolet Suburban frame, with 182 mm cut out of the middle; despite its bulk, it’s actually 406 mm shorter than a Suburban. Still, it’s big, and its tall sides and short windows give the feeling of being inside a fortress. It’s large enough that it bypasses fuel consumption testing, although estimates run as high as 22 L/100km. With its Borg-Warner two-speed transfer case, traction control that can divert power to a single wheel and a driver-selectable locking differential, the H2 is more capable than you’d think; it can handle a 40 per cent slope, ford 500 mm of water and climb 400 mm rocks. Exactly the type of terrain many of its urban buyers ask it to cover as they make their way through the urban jungle from the condo to the office.

The H2 is built in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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