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  Hummer H2 SUV

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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 LA Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA bold new chapter in the history of the Hummer brand begins with the launch of the all-new H2 full-size sport utility vehicle, which expands the brand's product lineup and broadens its fiercely loyal customer base. Inspired by the Hummer H2 concept vehicle that appeared at the 2000 North American International Auto Show, H2 has sometimes been referred to as the 'Baby Hummer.' But there's nothing small-or juvenile-about it. That misnomer is a credit to the stature and status of H2's big brother, the original Hummer H1, which continues as the icon of rugged off-roading, blazing the trail of a market segment it created and owns.
H2 makes its debut in the truck world as the more 'civilized' family member. Its on-pavement manners, including ride comfort, are extremely refined. And it provides all the features and amenities that a premium SUV customer might want. Yet, off-road, it is almost as fiercely utilitarian as its famous progenitors-capable of traveling through streams 20 inches deep, climbing 16-inch steps and rocks, paddling through deep sand and outdistancing competitors in high-speed desert preruns.
H2's extremely boxy body and very straight windshield and windows, which resemble H1's forms, combine to create a significant amount of interior room. The vertical glass opens up a broader front and wider side view. In a nod to the functional aspect of design, exposed components, like hood lift handles, hood latches and fasteners, give H2's appearance an individually component-assembled quality. Exposed components, as they do on H1, shout ruggedness and exemplify yeoman-like functionality and workmanship.
The engine uses a new Hitachi throttle body as part of its precise electronic throttle control (ETC) system. ETC, a drive-by-wire system, provides a highly sophisticated and comprehensive way of controlling throttle position. In addition to information from the accelerator pedal, H2's ETC system also considers other available information, such as transmission shift schedules and whether the vehicle's transfer case is in '4 HI' or '4 LO' operating mode, to determine the optimum throttle progression for different operating requirements. The sophisticated four-wheel-drive system and transfer case are versatile and driver-selectable. The integrated Borg-Warner two-speed electrically controlled full-time 4WD system is capable of further reducing the vehicle's gear ratios by 2.64:1 when necessary, for highly controlled obstacle climbing. It provides a 40/60 percent front-to-rear torque split in 'High Open' mode or when the differentials are unlocked and a 50/50 percent front-to-rear power split when the transfer case differential is locked. A specially designed low-range throttle progression allows the driver to precisely control engine speed (and as a result, the vehicle) during very rough terrain driving, and is automatically engaged when the transfer case is in '4 LO.'

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