2022 GMC Hummer Teases Crab Mode Function and Reveal Date
Big, capable trucks and efficient electric vehicles don’t usually have much in common, but GM will soon meld those two seemingly disparate philosophies into one “supertruck”—and they’re using the famed Hummer name to do it. Mark your calendars for October 20, because that’s when the 2022 GMC Hummer returns.
The date was recently teased along with the Hummers new Crab Mode, which enables the Hummer to turn all four wheels in the same direction in order to move diagonally across some sand. There was also an actual crab, for some reason. GMC said the feature is “industry leading,” but that’s probably because no other car or truck has bothered with a feature like this. It’s certainly interesting, but is it that useful? We’ll reserve final judgement until GM fully demonstrates it.
While Crab Mode is one feature that the new Hummer will offer, we don’t yet know what else the four-wheel steering (4WS) might be able to do. We doubt that moving diagonally is the only thing GMC has planned for the new Hummer, especially since 4WS is a useful feature with many advantages, and that GM has featured 4WS on its trucks before. Some of you might remember Quadrasteer, a system that was available on old Silverados, Sierras, Suburbans, and Yukons that could turn the rear wheels inward at low speed to aid maneuverability and outward at high speeds to aid stability.
From the teaser, it looks like the Hummer might offer up to 20 degrees of steering lock on the rear wheels. That’s significantly more than what Quadrasteer was capable of—which had a maximum range of 15 degrees—and we hope that GMC takes full advantage of it.
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GMC also said Crab Mode is “tailor-made” for Hummer’s off-road customers. But that begs the question of whether the Hummer EV will have enough range to make going off road for long periods of time an appealing option. We’ve made our own guesses as to what the Hummer’s range might be, and think that base models will come with at least 250 miles of range to make it competitive with other (eventual) EV offerings from Ford and Tesla.
Only time will tell what that range number will end up being, and if 250 miles is enough to make buyers comfortable enough to take the Hummer off the beaten path for more than just a dash on dirt roads. After all, you probably aren’t going to find an Electrify America station in the middle of the Mojave.
Should you be interested enough in the new Hummer to want one, October 20 is also the date GMC will start taking reservations for its big EV. Watch this space for anything and everything about the new Hummer EV.
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