The world wasn't exactly begging for a successor to the Hummer but that didn't stop VLF Automotive.
People are buying trucks and SUVs like crazy thanks to low gas prices, so it only makes sense to reintroduce the Hummer, right? That seems to be the thinking of VLF Automotive, the company Bob Lutz and Henrik Fisker are behind. The small, Detroit-based automaker was previously known for putting a V8 in the Fisker Karma to create the Destino and for gussying-up a Dodge Viper and calling it the Force 1. Its latest effort is the X-Series, a concept car that looks strikingly similar to a Hummer H2.
The X-Series is based off of the Chevy Colorado and is powered by the pickup's 3.6-liter V6 engine. Power output is 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, although VLF says a supercharger is available, an option which would obviously up the power output. Four-wheel drive is standard, as is a central tire inflation system. The X-Series sits on 20-inch wheels wrapped in massive 35" tires, making it look the part of an off-roader. The SUV seems to have the off-road skills to pay the bills but its spec sheet is undone by a goofy design. This thing resembles a Tonka truck and things don't get better once you head inside. The display screen is laughably tiny and the steering wheel design is just…what is all that dead space for?!
That being said the front seats are heated and made of leather, so glass half full. We reached out to VLF Automotive for more info on the X-Series and will update this post if we hear back. For now check out the live shots of the spiritual successor to the Hummer and let us know what you think. People would probably buy this because SUV and off-roading. The real question is: How much would they be willing to pay for it? Update: VLF Automotive got back to us with some added info about the X-Series. It was co-developed with France's Passion Automobile and is meant to be export only via Passion. Its intended markets are Europe and Asia. Sorry, US buyers. Also, that central tire inflation system may not actually come standard.