Hummer is coming to the UK, offering fully type approved, factory warranted, right-hand drive Hummers to Brits for the first time.
This is the car it will be offering - the H3, a car a fraction of the size of the H1 (nee Humvee), but that retains a great deal more of its mud-plugging ability. Offroad it will tackle terrain that would defeat even a Land Rover Defender. The question is, in a country where so few of us have a need for that kind of ability, and where the climate grows increasingly toxic to any new 4x4, is that really a marketable commodity?
What's it like?
The H3's proportions are so similar to those of its bigger brother, the H2, that it's easy to confuse the two in pictures. When you see it in the metal, what actually strikes you about this car is how small it is. At 4782mm long, the H3 is shorter than every model above the Freelander 2 that Land Rover makes; shorter even than a Ford Mondeo Estate.
At UK launch this June, it'll be offered with a 3.7-litre inline five-cylinder engine with 241bhp and 242lb ft of torque, and with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearboxes. The will be no diesel engine, and that'll be a huge turn-off for UK buyers, but Hummer has one in the pipeline for introduction in 2008. The company also has yet to confirm what it'll cost, but have said that it'll be 'competitive with importer's prices'; that means they'll be around from less than £30,000.