H2 INTERIOR: REFINEMENT AND CIVILITY FIND A HAPPY
HOME AMONG RUGGED SURROUNDINGS
From the outset of development, the interior of H2 was designed
to provide new levels of civilized refinement not previously
found in anything that approaches this vehicle's capacity for
superior off-road performance. Occupants of H2's cozy confines
not only find themselves able to ford a stream or climb a steep
sand dune, they can also get directions at the push of a button,
talk hands-free on a voice-activated cell phone, or make reservations
at a posh restaurant back in the city, all while seated in a
power seat that remembers how they like it positioned.
"Interior comfort and convenience were given an extremely
high priority for H2, and so was maintaining the rugged character
established by H1-one look at the big shifter that looks like
an airplane throttle will tell you that," said Ken Lindensmith,
H2 assistant vehicle line executive. "We civilized the beast.
Yes, we've created a superior off-road machine, but there will
be those people who never once leave the pavement in an H2. The
creature comforts will appeal to all the customers, and it was
critical that we raise the bar in meeting their every need."
Those needs will be met in an interior that's roomy, comfortable
and refined, with seating for five or six passengers in an open,
airy environment created by large, flat front and side glass.
Leg, head and shoulder room are plentiful, and the door openings
are wide, making the truck easy to enter and easy, at least physically,
THE COMFORT ZONE
H2's seats feature standard power adjustment and memory for
two drivers. Front and rear seats feature long, wide, thick cushions
that provide comfort for everyone from a 5th percentile female
at 4'2" to a 95th-percentile male at 6'2" (third-row
seats will accommodate a 70th percentile male). Front seats feature
standard eight-way power adjustment, along with four-way power
Cloth trim is standard. With the optional leather seats, front
occupants get independently heated seat backs and cushions with
low, medium and high temperature settings. The optional leather
seats also provide second-row occupants with adjustable, heated
seat cushions. The 60/40 split-folding second-row seats have
high seat backs for maximum adult comfort. A third-row, single
passenger seat is also available. Its flexible design allows
it to be folded or removed for extra storage. The attachments
for the optional seat are standard, so customers can purchase
and install it at a later date, if they wish. Seats also provide
excellent fore and aft travel. The molded-in armrests on the
doors complement this by providing a rear-door extension to the
front that allows tall drivers, for example, to move their seat
all the way back and still have a resting place for their elbows.
KEEPING COOL, HEATING UP AND ROCKING OUT
The instrument cluster, configured for instant recognition
of crucial operating data, features distinctive white-faced gauges
with black letters and teal nighttime illumination. The IP features
switch controls for the multiple operating modes provided by
the transfer case, rear axle and traction control system, plus
the optional height-adjustable rear suspension system.
Large, round air outlets, positioned high at the center and
corners of the IP and at the rear of the center console, provide
excellent circulation for the HVAC system. The standard Dual
Zone Automatic Comfort Control system automatically controls
air delivery, fan speed, air temperature and recirculating/outside
air to provide fast heat-ups and cool-downs. Second-row passengers
have separate airflow direction controls, accessible at the rear
of the console.
A selection of premium, high-quality Bose sound systems is
available. An AM/FM stereo with seek/scan, single-disc CD and
cassette decks, digital clock, automatic tone control and TheftLock
is standard. An optional premium sound system includes a six-disc,
single-slot front-loading CD player. All sound systems are specifically
tuned for H2 by the high-fidelity experts at Bose.
Each sound system delivers next-generation audio configurations.
All include RDS technology, which allows the user to search for
music stations by type (i.e., "classical," "rock,"
"country"), get important traffic and weather alerts
and receive text-based messages based upon signals sent out from
FM radio stations that broadcast RDS information. The technically
advanced standard Bose music system, with nine speakers, provides
the ultimate in sound quality. It includes a Digital Signal Processing
Amplifier, which allows the listener to tailor the sound to one
of four modes.
Rear-seat audio controls are available with headphone jacks
to personalize the sound for back-seat passengers. This audio
system allows those passengers, using headphones, to listen to
a separate audio source (cassette, CD or radio) than front-seat
The Driver Information Center acts as an interface between
the vehicle and the driver, and allows two drivers to take advantage
of its two separate driver memory and personalization settings.
It provides input on key vehicle functions in easy-to-understand
visual message form. There are driver warnings for up to 28 specific
vehicle functions. Drivers can also use the center's computer
calculations for fuel data, estimated range, average fuel economy,
instantaneous fuel economy, dual trip odometers and elapsed time.
FUNCTIONAL DESIGN FEATURES
H2's interior also provides a high degree of storage and other
functional capabilities including:
· The off-road package's air suspension includes a
self-contained, on-board, electrically powered air compressor,
with an air hose that attaches to a valve conveniently accessible
from the tailgate. With the engine running, a driver can quickly
inflate a tire from 25-psi to its maximum 45-psi level in five
minutes or walk around the vehicle and inflate all four tires
in about 20 minutes. A toggle switch next to the valve attachment
turns the compressor on and off.
· Numerous power points. The IP provides a cigarette
lighter and two power points; there are two additional power
points at the rear of the center console and a tailgate-accessible
power point at the far rear.
· Numerous, large stowage compartments, including a
large glove box; a wide, square, locking center console, like
H1's, with two large cupholders and a deep storage bin with coin
holder inside; deep map pockets, running the entire full length
of the front and rear doors; stowage bins and a third-row cupholder
in the rear compartment; and a standard full-length overhead
· Rear compartment cargo and tailgate tie-downs.
· A standard full-size spare tire, conveniently located
inside the left rear compartment of the vehicle, where it is
readily accessible, even if the vehicle's wheels are deep in
mud or caught in an awkward position off-road.
· Front air bags and three-point restraint systems
with articulating headrests.
· Leather-wrapped steering wheel with secondary audio
controls, and oversized, leather-wrapped gear shifter handle
for surer grips and soft-wrapped assist handles.
· Triple-sealed doors and deluxe acoustical insulation.