Between the E85/Ethanol HUMMER announcement last week and the Dallas Auto Show opening yesterday, we’ve gotten a few tidbits on where HUMMER is going with particular models. Let’s break it down:
2009 HUMMER H3T – HUMMER general manager Martin Walsh introduced the H3T to Texas which will be an important market for the newest HUMMER. Pickup trucks in general do well in the Lone Star State, but last year almost 12 percent of all HUMMER sales were in Texas – a good starting point for the H3T. We found out that the H3T will be the first to offer HUMMER’s new backup camera system (check out the current version here), in which the monitor is actually behind the glass of the rearview mirror. I’ve seen some systems that have tried that integration, but it leaves a large void in the mirror, or the mirror is very dark. I had to ask to clarify the H3T on display was equipped with it since it was impossible to tell – nice! Some of the suppliers that worked with HUMMER to create over 125 officially licensed accessories were also announced. They include SnugTop, Defenderworx, Truck Vault, MileMarker, Bushwaker, Boomerang, and DiamondBack Truck Covers. Also notable, the 2009 HUMMER H3T will be Bluetooth capable.
2009 HUMMER H2 – Speaking of Bluetooth, the 2009 H2 will also be ‘hands-free’ enabled with the addition of Bluetooth integration. Cold weather drivers will be happy with the addition of a heated steering wheel, and we also got confirmation that rear bucket seats will be available for the first time in the 2009 H2 model – no more folding the seats to get into the third row!