This will be Tesla's answer to the Hummer EV's Crab Mode.
The GMC Hummer EV has gained a lot of publicity for its impressive performance and range, but one of its standout features is its unique "Crab Mode". When activated, Crab Mode steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, making it easier to maneuver around off-road obstacles.
We recently saw a real-life demonstration of the Hummer EV doing the crab walk on a highway, which looks like it could come in handy for changing lanes and merging into traffic as the electric pickup can move diagonally like a crab. Not to be outdone, Elon Musk has confirmed the Tesla Cybertruck will feature a similar Hummer EV-style Crab Mode.
"We're adding rear wheel steering, so it can do tight turns and maneuver with high agility," Elon Musk wrote on Twitter when asked for an update about the Cybertruck. This sounds like Tesla's answer to the GMC Hummer EV's Crab Mode and Rivian's Tank Turn. Musk has already hinted that an updated version of the Cybertruck will be revealed soon with a few design changes before production begins later this year.
However, in the same tweet Musk suggested the final production version will look a lot like the polarizing prototype shown back in 2019. "Friday afternoons are usually Tesla design studio time. Cybertruck will be almost exactly what was shown," Musk wrote.
Musk also teased that a "lot of other great things" are coming but didn't reveal any further details. Rear-wheel steering may not be the only exciting new feature being added to the Tesla Cybertruck, either.
Back in May, leaked patent designs showed that the Cybertruck could be equipped with eye-tracking technology, a pull-out stove top, and camping tent. According to the patent, the Cybertruck will also have a range of up to 610 miles, but we'll have to wait until the final production model is revealed to find out if the Cybertruck has a higher range than initially claimed. If production is still going ahead later this year as planned, it should debut within a few months. But don't hold your breath.