GMC’s Hummer EV Teaser Reveals ‘Crab Mode’ Feature for Diagonal Driving

  • GMC has posted a new teaser video for the upcoming Hummer EV pickup, detailing what is known as “Crab Mode” for diagonal driving.
  • The company also revealed that the EV pickup will be officially unveiled on October 20 with reservations going up on the same day.
  • Previous reports have suggested that the Hummer EV pickup will reach the markets by the fall of 2021.

GMC has previously teased the arrival of the Hummer EV pickup truck while an official announcement was scheduled for later this year. Well, GMC has now posted a video on its YouTube page revealing something known as “Crab Mode” that will reportedly debut with the electric pickup. This feature will basically allow all four wheels to be independently controlled by the steering, thus allowing the EV to drive diagonally.

“The supertruck’s industry-leading Crab Mode feature is enabled by the GMC HUMMER EV’s four-wheel steering capability, allowing it to move in a diagonal direction – functionality that is tailor-made for off-roading customers,” the automaker said in a press release.

In the video which appears to be shot on a beach, the EV shares the spotlight with a crab. While the two appear to be on collision course, the EV activates Crab Mode to drive away from the crab diagonally. Needless to say, a feature like this could be extremely useful while parallel parking in tightly packed spaces, or to avoid crabs while on the beach.

With this teaser, the company also mentioned that the EV will be officially unveiled on the 20th of October, which should put an end to all speculations. GMC has previously teased something known as “Adrenaline Mode” though there’s no clarity on what this will be. We’re expecting a subsequent teaser to shed light on this aspect.

Previously, EV manufacturer Rivian has teased a feature known as “Tank Mode” which will allow the company’s R1T pickup to be maneuvered like a tank.

GMC is currently expecting to bring the Hummer EV to the market by fall 2021. With reservations going up on the same day as the official announcement, the company is seemingly confident about its delivery timeline.

It’s clear that 2021 is going to be a big year for electric pickup trucks as multiple offerings reach the market, including Rivian’s R1T. While it’s not known as to when the Tesla Cybertruck will hit the streets, it’s clear that the car will only be commercially available after 2021. This is because Tesla is currently focused on upgrading its battery tech significantly and is rumored to elaborate more on this front during its September 20 Battery Day event.

What do you think of the Hummer EV pickup’s Crab Mode feature?

Source: GMC