2007 HUMMER H3 Open Top

December 28, 2006
HUMMER is giving the H3 a little more safari chic at the 2007 Detroit auto show with the Open Top. By fitting the H3 with ASC’s sliding-fabric, InfiniVu roof system, the H3 has a ‘nostalgic’ feel, according to GM, apparently reminiscent of cloth-top convertible utes of the past, but with good weather resistance and ease of operation. The InfiniVu roof is made of fabric panels that fold, accordian-like, while the top can be stopped and positioned at any point along the entire roof, rather than just fully open or closed.


The safari theme is further accented inside by custom Townsend lambskin leather upholstery with Gatsby Green accents — though joined of course by GM’s OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation and rear-seat DVD entertainment.


While GM may wish to recall the past with the idea of an open top, much of the appearance is a bow to modern trends, with flashy, sparkling Silver Spectra Flair tri-coat paint and blackout wheel wells helping to emphasize the big 20” x 9” Rozzi EGO chrome wheels with huge Mickey Thompson Baja Claw off-road tires.


The features list — and abundant black-chromed trim and accessories — makes the H3 Open Top look like a vehicle that would be equally in place at the annual SEMA aftermarket bazaar in Las Vegas. But much of what’s here, including the brush grille guard, special door handles and fuel door, exhaust tips, and tow hooks, is from the existing HUMMER accessories catalog, just done in black chrome.


Seeing that ASC originally showcased its roof system a year ago on an H3, and now GM is showing its own version on valuable Detroit real estate, we can safely say that production of this ‘concept’ is likely.

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