Chevrolet has revealed that the upcoming Silverado electric pickup truck will be available with four-wheel steering, which reduces turning radius and makes large vehicles easier to maneuver.
The new truck will also have optional 24-inch alloy wheels, which look good but will definitely cost them more when it comes time to buy replacement tires or winter tires.
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GM calls the feature Four-Wheel Steer, and it allows the rear wheels to steer independently of the front wheels. At higher speeds, the rear wheels can turn slightly to improve handling and stability; and at lower speeds, they will turn sharper to turn corners, or to assist in trailers.
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This isn’t the first time Chevy has offered something like this. Back in 2002, you could order your Silverado with the “Quadrasteer,” which used a steer-by-wire system on the rear axle. It could turn the rear wheel by 15 degrees as opposed to the front, and make the turning circle about a third tighter. But it was very expensive and added extra weight, and only lasted until 2005.
It’s no surprise to see Four-Wheel Steer coming to the Silverado, as it’s already been revealed that the all-electric GMC Hummer EV will be able to steer all four tires, and both are based on the automaker’s custom electric platform Ultium.
Chevy hasn’t provided specifics about the Four-Wheel Steer yet, but on the Hummer – which is primarily intended as an off-road vehicle – the system will be driver-selectable, with an automatic mode for stability and maneuverability, and then an additional “CrabWalk feature which will rotate the rear wheels. up to 10 degrees at the same angle as the front wheels, allowing the vehicle to move diagonally. We can definitely see it appear as an option on off-road versions of the Chevrolet, such as the Silverado EV AT4. GM promises more information as the truck gets closer to launch, which is expected later in 2021.