t was back in 2004 in Los Angeles at an Auto Show when HUMMER teased the public with the idea of a smaller HUMMER. Now consumers are being teased with the prospect of the 2009 HUMMER H3T. While we wait here is some information about the new HUMMER.

The 2009 HUMMER H3T is a traditional pickup with a separate crew cab with a five-foot bed. The H3T gains twenty-two inches between its wheels compared to the HUMMER H3 SUV. It is larger than a midsize pickup truck, though it is relatively smaller than a full-size pickup. Its size fits somewhere between a Chevrolet Colorado crew cab and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab.

The inside of the 2009 HUMMER H3T is of comfortable size. The interior is very similar to the front and rear seating of a HUMMER H3. However, the rear seat of the H3T has a standard pickup fare with a three-person bench. This allows for extra floor space when folded up.

242 horsepower is available by power trains of a standard 3.7-liter in-line five cylinder. It comes in a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. You do have the option of the alpha-level 5.3-liter V-8 with 300 horsepower. This may be a good idea since the weight of the truck is between 4600 4800 pounds. Therefore, you probably need all the power you can get. Like all Hummers, the H3T should handle very well off-road.

The 2009 Hummer H3T will have thirty-two inch tires as a standard. The off-road package will have thirty-three inch tires for off-roading. It also has locking front and rear differentials. There also is many for the H3T's pickup bed. Items such as a lockable and removable bed mounted storage box, and adjustable bike rack and a bed extender are available.

General Motors recently invested around $74 million in the Shreveport, Louisiana plant. This made the production of the 2009 HUMMER H3T possible. The cost will be announced closer to late summer or early fall closer to the sale date. Production will begin in the third quarter of 2008. Consumers will get their first look at the 2008 Chicago auto show.

The new addition to the HUMMER family should be very popular. The combination of the standard HUMMER and pickup will make it useful in many ways. We will have to wait and see how consumers respond to it.

Car Review : 2009 HUMMER H3T