DETROIT -- General Motors has big plans for the smallest truck in its Hummer lineup.
GM intends to offer V-8 and diesel versions of the mid-sized H3 SUV.
Two sources inside GM say the automaker is in the early stages of preparing to offer an H3 with a 5.3-liter V-8.
"It's another couple of years out," said one source at GM, who asked to not be named.
Hummer will add a diesel engine to the H3 later, the source said.
The SUV comes with GM's Vortec 3500 3.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, which delivers 220 hp. The automaker also will build a special-edition H2.
At the Dealer Business Conference in Las Vegas last week, GM executives told Hummer dealers that 150 special editions of the full-sized H2 will be built in the first quarter of next year. Those vehicles will offer more "bling" factor than the regular H2s, said Jacques Moore, of Moore Cadillac-Hummer-Saab-Subaru in Richmond, Va.
The special editions will feature at least two new colors: Pacific Blue and Fusion Orange, Moore said.
He said Hummer also vowed to remedy blind spots in the H2 by installing rear-view cameras in the special-edition models.
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