The GMC Hummer EV combines cutting-edge technology with rough-and-ready specs to dominate in the dirt. One of the coolest onboard features is CrabWalk mode, and now, we’re watching as the new Hummer EV does a little sideways crab walking down Woodward Avenue.
Captured at the recent 26th annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Michigan, a convoy of GMC Hummer EVs showed up to show off the wild new feature. The video includes a compilation of amateur clips that show the new battery-powered off-roaders moving sideways through traffic, much to the amusement of folks watching from the sidewalk.
For those that don’t know, the Hummer EV CrabWalk mode utilizes the off-roader’s four-wheel steering system to move the rear wheels in unison with the front wheels. With CrabWalk engaged, the vehicle will move diagonally, rather than circularly.
This feature is great for plying the trails, as it allows the Hummer EV to more deftly maneuver around obstacles that would otherwise block its path. The feature could also be used in an urban environment, for example, moving into a tight parking spot. Alternatively, one could use it simply to wow onlookers, such as in this video.
Interestingly, the convoy of GMC Hummer EV models includes not only vehicles decked out in production-spec body pieces, but also a few examples in prototype guise with missing fender flares, non-production fascia treatments, and non-production lighting features.
The GMC Hummer EV reintroduces the legendary Hummer nameplate as an all-new, all-electric off-roader, with multiple options offered for performance and powertrain specs. The range-topper mounts three electric motors good for more than 1,000 horsepower and “11,500” pound-feet of torque, propelling the vehicle to 60 mph in roughly 3 seconds. Under the skin, the Hummer EV rides on the GM BT1 platform. Production is set to take place at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly facility, now known as Factory Zero, in Michigan.