Hummer Jnr takes on Prius brigade

Environmental crusading just got a lot cooler. No offence, Prius and G-Wiz, but this is a car we can cruise in.The HX is Hummer's latest concept, just

Environmental crusading just got a lot cooler. No offence, Prius and G-Wiz, but this is a car we can cruise in.

The HX is Hummer's latest concept, just unveiled at major US petrolhead gathering the Detroit Auto Show.

With an armoured underbelly, 35in rims and four-wheel drive it certainly looks like a gas-guzzler, but under the bonnet lies a petrol engine optimised for E85, the mix of 85% bio-ethanol, 15% petrol that's currently all the rage in Sweden and the less red-necked American states.

With an all-new shrunk-down frame, not only is this the Hummer you can park but it's practical too. Want more space in the back? Take out the seats and pop off the hatchback to make a pick-up. Sunny day? Lose the detachable roof. And of course, there's the obligatory iPod dock.

Sounds perfect, but there could be a sting in the tail. E85 engines are actually less efficient than standard ones when filled with good ol' gasoline, so unless there's a handy E85 filling station nearby it could end up being even thirstier than the average Hummer. Oh well, back to the G-Wiz.

Hummer HX

Price: £TBA

On sale: TBA

Contact: http://www.hummer.com/intl/home.jsp?country=gb&language=en