Expected to arrive in mid-2005 as a 2006 model, the H3 is the third and smallest model in Hummer’s line-up. It’s built on the truck platform also used by the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Falling into the midsize category, the H3 is 429 mm shorter overall than the H2; it’s also 152 mm shorter in height and 165 mm narrower. It will be powered by a 3.5-litre Vortec inline five-cylinder, lifted straight from the Canyon/Colorado, and will be the first Hummer to offer the choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox is aimed at off-road enthusiasts, even though most buyers won’t ask the H3 to do anything more strenuous than climb parking lot dividers.

Its electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive system is augmented with a fully locking rear differential, traction control, underbody shielding and GM’s StabiliTrak stability enhancement system. There will be two tire choices, a Goodyear 32-inch all-terrain tire and Bridgestone 33-inch riding on 17-inch aluminum wheels, both the largest tires available on any midsize SUV.

Even off-roaders need luxury, and the H3 will be available with heated leather seats, an oversized power sunroof, and a DVD-based navigation system.

Exterior features include an aluminum front skid plate, stamped-steel front and rear bumper bars, a composite front fascia, front tow hooks and a welded-on rear bumper recovery hook. The rear swing gate has a fixed-glass window, standard rear wiper and defogger, and a full-size spare tire mounted on the gate.

The H3 is built in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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