2008 HUMMER H2 delivers greater capability and comfort

2008 HUMMER H2 delivers greater capability and comfort  
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on 04/05/2008

Source: HUMMER

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For 2008, the iconic HUMMER H2 features numerous changes that deliver a more luxurious, comfortable and refined interior, while retaining HUMMER’s legendary off-road abilities and ruggedness. An all-new powertrain combines a 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine and six-speed automatic transmission to deliver much improved efficiency, while state-of-the-art safety features are now standard.

In the UK, three HUMMER H2 models are available priced from £48,995 (on-the-road) with a choice of five-door SUV, with seating for up to seven people or SUT (double-cab pick-up) body styles.

All 2008 H2 models are distinguished from previous models by larger openings in the iconic, seven-slot grille and the lower grille (to accommodate the increased cooling air-flow demands of more powerful V8 engine) and the lower bumpers are painted silver, instead of black. Two new exterior metallic colours are available (Graystone and Solar Flare) expanding the customer choice to six colours, while the interior is available in Ebony or Sedona Red/Ebony with leather seat surfaces.

“The 2008 HUMMER H2 represents a major step in the evolution of this iconic vehicle,” comments Jonathan Nash, Managing Director HUMMER UK. “From performance to comfort to safety and overall refinement, the new H2 line-up delivers even more of what customers have come to expect from HUMMER. I’m sure that customers will be especially impressed with the new, more refined interior.”

All-new, luxury-appointed interior
While drivers will enjoy the 2008 H2’s improved performance on the road, they’ll appreciate the experience more – thanks to the all-new interior. This features a completely redesigned dashboard, new seats – including an optional third-row seat for two passengers– new door trim panels, new controls, new rear-seat heating/air conditioning system, new rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment system and a new premium audio system.

“The new interior delivers a more refined, more precise, premium feel,” enthuses Nash. “Everything from the flushness of the controls to the feel of the materials exudes craftsmanship, while the fine details, like the leather seat piping, create a consistent, up-market design style that is echoed across the entire HUMMER family.”

The new H2 seats present a more sculptured appearance and offer improved comfort. The top anchorage of the front seat belts is now mounted on the B-pillar rather than on the seats and this change enabled engineers to adopt an uncompromising approach to achieving optimum seat comfort.

Complementing the new seats are new door trim panels and throughout the cabin soft-touch materials and new, more tactile controls enhance the feeling of craftsmanship demonstrated by a new interior. Precision design ensures that the interior panel gaps are just one millimetre and an all-new instrument panel with a six-gauge instrument cluster features a more refined appearance.

The dashboard panel also features new vents that enhance heating or cooling comfort throughout the vehicle – particularly for the second-row and third-row seat occupants. The new centre stack houses the climate controls and a new premium BOSE audio and surround sound system.

Additional comfort and convenience features that are standard or optional (depending on model) include a new rear-seat overhead DVD entertainment system, a satellite navigation system, a rear-view camera system and heated windshield washer fluid. The 2008 H2 now comes with a remote starting system that enables the vehicle’s interior to be heated or cooled prior to driving.

Driving experience
The powerful heart of the 2008 H2 is an all-new, all-aluminium, small-block 6.2-litre V8 engine with performance and fuel efficiency-optimizing technologies including variable valve timing. Lighter and more powerful, the new V8 boasts a 20% power increase over the previous engine. It generates 393 ps of power at 5700 rpm and a massive 574 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm.

The new engine is mated to a new Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with two overdrive ratios that help deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. The six gears feature a wide ratio spread with a low 1st gear (4.02:1) for brisk take-off from standstill and high 5th (0.85:1) and 6th gear (0.66:1) for quite, refined and fuel-stretching higher speed cruising.

For a more responsive driving experience, the 6L80 transmission is equipped with HUMMER’s ‘tap up/tap down’ capability that allows the driver to manually select gears sequentially (one at a time), controlling upshifts and downshifts with buttons on the steering wheel.

The new powertrain combination helps the 2008 H2 deliver an additional 1700 lb (773 kg) of towing capacity – up from 6500 lb (2954 kg) to 8200 pounds (3727 kg). A host of additional powertrain revisions also contributes to the H2’s improved performance and efficiency. These revisions including: a larger-capacity cooling system, an electric engine cooling fan which reduces ‘drag’ on engine, releasing more horsepower, a regulated voltage control that maximises fuel economy (by charging electrical components only when necessary), a new LAN electrical architecture that’s more efficient and uses less electrical energy and a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio as standard.

On-road, the H2 driving experience is quieter and more refined, thanks to new, re-tuned engine air intake and exhaust systems. On- and off-road, enhanced performance is assured by a revised steering system that has a quicker ratio and improved on-centre feel with increased self-centring.

Off-road, the H2’s 4x4 system has even greater ability in keeping with its legendary status. The transfer case is stronger, the ‘crawl’ ratio is 39.7:1 – an improvement of about 20%, the transmission’s ‘tap-up / tap-down’ system provides more control on gradients and the new electronic traction control system is standard.

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