- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 19, 2004

WIXOM, Mich. — In December, General Motors introduced the Hummer H3-concept.

The all-new midsize H3 will arrive on the market in the first half of next year as a 2006 model.

Hummer currently uses the 3.5-liter Vortec 3500 inline five-cylinder with VVT, variable valve timing.

Hummer will also introduce a new off-road performance series, dubbed Alpha. The first model to get such a variant is the H1 that will feature the 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel, teamed to the durable Allison 1000 transmission.

With 300 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 rpm, the Duramax diesel will not only be more powerful, but also have lower emissions and 10 percent better fuel economy than the current gas engine.

The H1 Alpha can only be recognized by its special Alpha badges and will be available from the spring of 2005 in additional new colors.

The price will be announced later.

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