Crab Mode, which GM teased last week, is a unique four-wheel-steering system that will allow the GMC Hummer EV to “move in a diagonal direction.” The automaker says this functionality “is tailor-made for off-roading customers,” as well, so it should prove to be genuinely helpful when traversing difficult terrain.
Additionally, the four-wheel-steering system may be able to operate independently of Crab Mode. Four-wheel-steer isn’t only beneficial for off-roaders – it can also make a car more agile and easy to maneuver at low speeds and more stable at higher speeds. Jeep previously made waves with an off-road centric four-wheel steering system on its 2005 Hurricane concept and it seems the GMC Hummer EV could employ a similar (yet much more sophisticated) setup.
The GMC Hummer EV will be based on the new GM BT1 electric vehicle platform for large electric trucks and SUVs. At least one version of the vehicle will have 1,000 horsepower on top from its trio of electric motors, enabling an impressive 0-60 mph time of just three seconds. Other GMC Hummer EV models with one and two electric motors are also expected, though these variants will not be as powerful or performance-focused.
Additionally, GM has said previously that its electric truck models will have 800V battery packs with 350 kWh fast charging capabilities and will utilize its Ultium battery technology. Certain GMC Hummer EV models could be capable of traveling up to 400 miles on a single charge, as well.
Like many other EVs, the GMC Hummer EV will feature two large digital interior display screens: a 12-inch digital driver’s display and a 15-inch central infotainment display. The off-roader, which will be available as an SUV or a pickup truck ‘SUT’ model, will also have removable glass roof panels and boxy retro-inspired styling.
We’ll have all the details on the 2022 GMC Hummer EV immediately after its official debut next month. For now, be sure to see what Crab Mode looks like in action in the video embedded below.