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General Motors: Concepts 2001

The Legend of HUMMER Continues

The 2001 concept HUMMER H2 sport utility truck (SUT) is the next evolution of the HUMMER brand - a daring look at what this unstoppable sport utility truck might be like on the road and in the woods. "HUMMER is the king of the mountain for off-road vehicles," said Clay Dean, brand character chief designer for HUMMER.


"The SUT, like its brother the H2 SUV, has unbelievable, class-leading, off-road capability. This truck is untamed and built for individuals with a rugged spirit because it can go anywhere and do anything." Derived from the production intent 2003 H2, the SUT concept vehicle is one serious machine: functional, versatile and almost endlessly reconfigurable, to exceed even the most demanding consumer's standards.

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 This daring truck is more refined and finished than its military ancestor in every way, but it shouldn't be confused for just another grocery-hauler or truck wannabe. It blends a superior off-road capability and versatile rear cargo bed with an adjustable bulkhead and a handsome, no-nonsense interior of polished metal, leather and fabric, and state-of-the-art telematics. 

The H2 SUT concept vehicle is every inch a HUMMER. The SUT concept vehicle preserves the awesome reputation of the H1, the world's most premier off-road vehicle, but adds even more versatility and comfort. 

HUMMER Presence . . . Off-road  

"Unlike many show trucks, the SUT concept vehicle evolved from the production-intent H2 SUV, which has undergone extensive testing on some of the most rigorous and intense off-road trails in the world," said Terry Henline, H2 chief designer. The short overhangs of the SUT concept vehicle allow for radical approach and departure angles and exceptional ground clearance for minimal impact on trails. 

The 17-inch wheels and heavy-duty independent front suspension and 5-link rear suspension provide superior handling, carrying and towing capability. The SUT concept vehicle's unmistakable wide stance and long wheelbase are characteristically HUMMER. 

The driver will experience a sense of ultimate security and protection inside the SUT. Powering the H2 SUT concept vehicle is GM's 6.0-liter, Vortec 6000 V8. It's mounted longitudinally and mated to a heavy-duty five-speed automatic transmission with full-time all-wheel drive. 

"Extreme functionality was the overriding objective in designing the H2 SUT concept," said Henline, "and this quality is apparent in every detail of the truck." Massive towing hooks and sturdy receiver hitches anchor both ends of the vehicle. An optional winch attaches easily to either the front or rear bumper, to allow the SUT concept vehicle to assist in emergency situations. 

The SUT concept vehicle has the characteristic hooks on the hood, which provide a convenient handle for lifting the clamshell hood. Sturdy latches secure the hood and are plainly visible on the front flanks. Polished metal also graces the vertical port grille and other functional exterior parts for durability and rugged good looks. 

Absolute Versatility . . . Moveable Bulkhead  

A distinctive feature of the SUT concept vehicle is its folding bulkhead at the rear of the passenger compartment that allows customers to have the flexibility to reconfigure this area for carrying people or cargo. This space is easily accessible since the rear window of the cab powers down into the bulkhead, which can then be folded flat into the floor. When the bulkhead is in its upright position the H2 SUT concept vehicle can carry up to five passengers comfortably. 

From the three rugged racks on the roof and cargo bed to the steel bumpers designed with removable corner pieces for maneuvering on more difficult off-road trails, the SUT concept vehicle is fiercely utilitarian. The SUT concept vehicle is packaged with state-of-the-art technological advancements, including roof-mounted, 360-degree infrared night vision, Global Positioning Satellite navigation, the OnStar system, and 110V power outlets galore. Pop open the largest skyroof in GM's history, lower the rear window and you have a truly open-air vehicle. Vertical side windows create an enormous roof area for carrying still more cargo, and give the interior a spacious feel. 

Go Anywhere In Comfort . . . And Never Be Lost  

The H2 SUT concept vehicle interior is designed for long adventures, whether it's the outback of Australia or streets of Manhattan. The distinctive instrument panel is laid out with ergonomic efficiency, allowing the driver to navigate with ease. The leather seating is wide and supportive, and offers passengers the maximum in comfort.


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