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2006 HUMMER H1 SUV - Overview

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Overview

What's New
Having skipped the 2005 model year, for 2006, the HUMMER H1 wears a new badge-H1 Alpha. It is the first in what will become a series of high-performance, "Alpha" versions (similar to what AMG, M-Series, and V-Series represent for Mercedes, BMW, and Cadillac, respectively) that will eventually be introduced into the H2, H2 SUT, and H3 lines as well. Lending credence to its new high-performance moniker are several enhancements, not the least of which is a new 6.6L Duramax V-8 turbo-diesel engine coupeed to a heavy-duty Allison 5-speed automatic transmission. Other enhancements include larger 12-inch brake rotors, beefier half-shafts, a stronger steering gear, and geared hubs with a helical-cut gear set.

Overview
The HUMMER H1 Alpha represents the civilian version of the military HUMVEE-think SUV with a crew cut. Unlike the more suburbanized H2 and H3 models, the four-passenger H1 Alpha maintains the military specifications that made the original 1992 HUMVEE famous. Nonetheless, it offers creature comforts military troops will never see. Berber carpet, high-quality leather seats, and convenient center and overhead consoles create a plush interior.

The beefier Duramax diesel engine replaces the 6.5L Detroit Diesel powerplant and offers 300 hp (46 percent more than the former model) and 520 lb-ft. of torque (an 18 percent increase). The extra muscle results in a towing capacity that is 18 percent better than its predecessor. Gross Combined Weight Rating has also been increased by 2,000 pounds. Improved fuel economy, thanks in part to higher overdrive gearing, coupeed with 9.5 more gallons of fuel capacity gives the new H1 Alpha increased cruising range.

Like its predecessors, the 2006 H1 Alpha comes in either Wagon or Open Top models, both featuring full-time 4WD. Off-road capabilities include the means to scale 22-inch ledges, ascend 60-percent grades with 40 percent side-slope capability, and navigate 30 inches of water. Thanks to lower gearing in the new Allison transmission, the new H1 Alpha also has better crawl-ability in first gear. An onboard air compressor offers the luxury of changing tire pressure from the driver's seat. Furthermore, the 17-inch cast aluminum wheels offer run-flat capability for 20 miles at 30 mph. The H1 Alpha's new helical-cut gears are designed to result in less noise and provide a welcome reduction in rocking motion when decelerating to a stop.

The Competition
The H1 Alpha carves a niche in the Large Premium Utility segment-a segment of big, lavish and powerful SUVs that accounts for less than 0.8 percent of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the H1 eked out 374 unit sales in calendar year 2005 in this elite fraternity consisting of 11 other models. The lion's share went to the Cadillac Escalade (29,876 units sold in 2005). Next up was the Lincoln Navigator (25,844), followed by the H1 Alpha's little brother, the HUMMER H2 (16,054). The HUMMER H2 SUT also competes in this segment and is ranked 8th on the sales chart, having found 7,159 buyers in 2005. Rounding out the field are the Cadillac Escalade ESV, Land Rover's Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the Lexus LX Series, the Toyota Land Cruiser, and the Infiniti QX56.

Available Trims for the 2006 HUMMER H1 SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Open Top 5 speed automatic $125,160 300-hp / 6.6L 8-cyl 0/0
Enclosed 5 speed automatic $136,483 300-hp / 6.6L 8-cyl 0/0

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