2009 Hammer H3 | new car review
As with most manufacturers, when you have a good thing going, it is always a logical path to expand the line-up. And so it is with Hummer. With the H2 generating widespread popularity of the brand, the H3 model has enabled more customers to buy into the brand. The baby Hummer is affordable, has the same rugged looks of its big brother and is more accessible to a wider cross section of potential buyers. For 2008, Hummer has also addressed one of the sticking points many people have had with the smaller H3 model, namely, the lack of a V8 engine.
This SUV has bold looks with distinguishable Hummer features such as wide track, short overhangs and huge tyres. It is, in short, a Hummer H2 that has been shrunk with all typical Hummer cues intact. For 2008, the H3 sees some minor tweaks which include three new body colours, lacquered alloy wheels, a new finish on the front bumper and grille.
The H3’s interior has long been one of its shortcomings. This fact has been addressed and although there is not a renaissance of sorts here, it has been tweaked considerably with reasonably upscale materials and better fit and finish. These touches include a perforated, leather-wrapped and stitched steering wheel, bright-accented instrumentation, brushed finished trim plates and chrome door handles.
The standard H3 continues with the Vortec 3.7-litre in-line five-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. This in-line five-cylinder engine offers 255bhp and is mated to a standard 5-speed manual or an available 4-speed automatic transmission. The bigger engine variant is a 5.3-litre unit offering 305bhp to provide the H3 with added performance, putting it on a level playing field with its competitors.
Safety features that come standard include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, frontal and side-impact airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
The H3 is a attractive buy for those looking for a lifestyle off-road SUV, bringing in traditional Hummer values in a smaller, more accessible size. It has had a head start in the region but now faces competition from the likes of the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Nissan’s Xterra.
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual/4-Speed Automatic|
Starts from UAE Dirhams 138000 – upto 167000*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.
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