|While H1’s exterior is designed to reinforce its
utilitarian roots, the new interior for 2004 raises the H1 to a new
level of luxury adding beautiful premium materials, ergonomic design
and spaciousness to HUMMER’s icon brand.
“Many H1 owners purchase an H1 in lieu of a vacation home
or yacht. They expect a vehicle with a high level of refinement.
We’re confident the new interior gives H1 a more upscale look
and feel,” said Jon Albert, HUMMER interior designer.
From the instrument panel to the cargo area, and from door panel
to door panel, H1’s new interior is designed to create a more
luxurious, more inviting, more accommodating and more spacious interior.
The interior of the new 2004 H1 is full of rich leathers, durable
microfibers and chromed metal to create texture and dimension for
High-quality, two-toned leather seating welcomes H1 drivers and
passengers. The seats are ebony with brown piping and seat inserts.
The seat inserts are aniline leather, which feels soft to the touch
and wears extremely well.
The same ebony and brown color theme is carried through on the
steering wheel, armrests and the door panels, which feature brown
leather on the lower half and wrapped ebony on the upper half.
Brushed nickel is integrated around all major switches, and chrome
rings around the gauges create an upscale look for the instrument
panel. Chrome also appears on the door handles and in the nameplate
H1 sparkling on the horn pad.
Even the floor of the new H1 feels luxurious with a Berber textured
carpet on the floor and rear cargo areas.
“In the redesign of the H1 interior, one of our top priorities
was the comfort of the passengers and ease of operation for the
driver. In an interior space as unique and open as the new H1, ergonomics
became the goal,” said Albert.
One of the first tests of ergonomics is in the seats, where the
new H1 features a bucket design that provides enhanced support for
greater comfort. In cooler temperatures, the seats feature separate
heating elements for the seat cushions and seat backs—allowing
all four H1 occupants a high level of customization. The seatbacks
have also been redesigned to improve forward visibility for rear
passengers. For H1 customers who would like a 5th seat, an auxiliary
seat in the same two-tone material is available through HUMMER licensed
The 2004 H1 streamlines the entire instrument panel, moving and
enlarging all the major switches and gauges. The speedometer and
tachometer sport easier-to-read graphics, jewel-like accents and
a larger size for driver comfort. The driver will also find easier
access to the ELockers and Central Tire Inflation System switches
The addition of storage bins above the visors allows H1 owners
to store a host of items, from flashlights to the owner’s
Since no on- or off-road adventure is complete without music, the
radio and CD player have been combined into one unit making it simpler
to select your favorite tunes.
H1’s new interior provides each passenger an individual cockpit
with personalized heating and cooling controls, cupholders, power
window and locks. The personalization extends to the radio with
headphone jacks that allow the rear passengers to choose their own
Even the horn on the H1 gets a more ergonomic location, now found
in the traditional center of the steering wheel.
The new H1 features a greater level of sound-deadening insulation,
improving interior sound levels by two linear decibels. The sprayed
insulation on the inside and outside of the vehicle during the manufacturing
process, coupled with the improved powertrain and a soft-to-the-touch
headliner, provide a cabin environment that is perceptibly quieter
to the human ear.
“The H1 was already one of the most spacious vehicles around.
For 2004, we’ve given H1 an even higher level of airiness
and increased outward visibility, thanks to new designs for the
overhead console and the center console,” Albert added.
The integrated six-disc CD changer replaces the 12-disc changer,
resulting in a cleaner, sleeker design for the upper area of the
center console, while also providing a more integrated look for
the glove box.
Redesigning the center console also resulted in a greater space
and visibility for the rear passengers, with auxiliary controls
for audio and HVAC in a lower profile area creating a more open
feel from back to front.
“A lot of thought went into redesigning the vehicle’s
interior to make it even more accommodating for all passengers,”
While the 2004 Hummer H1 returns a higher level of luxury, it doesn’t
forget its military roots, which are reflected in the gauges—revised
for this model year to display green backlighting and black faces.
That’s just another reminder of its HUMVEE heritage.
Also new for 2004 H1 models is the availability of a Delphi integrated
navigation radio with full map navigation and a CD-ROM/audio player,
and a variety of accessories enabling H1 owners to personalize their
vehicle to their specific needs.