By on August 11, 2021

2019 Silverado Work Truck features a “CHEVROLET” graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and 7-inch color touch screen.

With Ford currently enjoying the brunt of the all-electric pickup coverage, General Motors needed to something to help highlight its Silverado EV and come up with rear-wheel steering. It’s something the upcoming electric F-150 will lack and could give the Chevy some advantages when moseying around a cluttered construction site or tight urban landscape.

In addition to a tighter turning radius, rear-wheel steering should also help the Silverado EV tackle trailers with a more ease. There are few things more terrifying than feeling the load you’re pulling start trying to have its way with the back half of your vehicle. Having the back wheels pivot to account for sway could be another big advantage Chevrolet could lean on once its electric pickup is going head-to-head with Ford’s. 

There are some downsides. The system introduces complexity that could lead to loftier repair bills and more general maintenance. But it shouldn’t be too bad considering rear-wheel steering has been around for a few decades and has been fairly common among higher-spec automobiles since the 1990s.

It’s likely to be a selling point for some shoppers and something you’re likely to see come as standard on more pickups (though not yet). Rivian’s quad-motor layout allows its pickup to perform full rotations by turning the front tires and driving them ahead while the rear pair are put in reverse. While not technically rear-wheel steering, it should still offer impressive levels of maneuverability in tight quarters.

Meanwhile, the Hummer EV could help provide clues some of the additional features Chevy’s plotting for the electric Silverado. As platform mates, they’re already sharing rear-wheel steering and there’s a chance the pickup could adopt the Hummer’s adjustable suspension (which can raise or lower the vehicle by over a foot) and much-touted crab mode (allowing it to scuttle sideways). However neither of those are guarantees because the Silverado has been intentionally designed to be less off-road focused than the SUV.

GM is attempting to prioritize practicality with the pickup and opted to nix some of the unnecessary hardware to make additional room for batteries. This has allowed the upcoming pickup to offer an estimated 400 miles of range vs the Hummer’s 350 miles. Though those figures are temporary as the range for both vehicles are subject to change after the EPA certifies launch models, additional trims are introduced, and battery technology improves.

For now, Chevrolet said rear-wheel steering will be an optional upgrade to be accompanied by 24-inch wheels. You’ll have to check the box whenever the Silverado EV goes on sale. But we haven’t the faintest idea when that will be other than sometime in 2023 or perhaps even 2024.

 

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23 Comments on “Any Takers? Chevrolet Previews Rear-Wheel Steering on Silverado EV...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    “For now, Chevrolet said rear-wheel steering will be an optional upgrade to be accompanied by 24-inch wheels. ”

    Ah. Very useful then.

    GM has offered rear-wheel steering on trucks before but they always put it behind big paywalls to the point that only the most loaded things use it.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      I’m really hoping that is a misprint.

      • 0 avatar
        Matt Posky

        I’m dubious that the first year of sales will be targeting people who actually plan on using these as work vehicles. A set of hilariously oversized wheels might not cater to someone on a construction site or cattle ranch. But they could be just the ticket for someone who went out and bought a Model S early in its lifespan. And they’ll splurge on the extras.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Having the back wheels pivot to account for sway could be another big advantage”

    From the modest amount of towing I’ve done, sway is an indication of a rear-loaded trailer – to be avoided at all costs. Using rear-wheel steering to compensate for this error in real time sounds like a bad idea, and may not even be possible.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      +100. That’s a sign of the trailer lifting the rear wheels, and it’s incredibly dangerous. The only way 4-wheel steering should benefit towing is with slow-speed maneuverability.

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    $49.99/mo to turn it on and keep it activated. 10% discount if you pre-pay for the year. Mercedes-Benz can’t have all of the fun.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Forget the trick rear wheels – is GM going to do anything about the looks of this thing? Silverado styling runs the gamut from bad on base models to nightmarishly bad on the HD versions.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I was in a parking garage Monday night this week and had to stop at a turn to wait for a F150 quad cab coming towards me to do a 3-point maneuver just to turn 90 degrees.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      >Spook.

      I ve been smashed on this site for my hatred of the ‘each new generation huger’ Pig Up Trucks. I coined the term “Pig Up Truck.”

      Cave man brains…. bigger . Yes! I can intimidate others even more !
      How do i know there is sick crap going on in Pig Up buyers’ brains? The average F250 driver is shorter than the average F150 driver. DO YOU OWN SURVEY !

  • avatar
    Socrates77

    GM is so pathetic, they’re falling behind on technology like always. Ford beat them with the aluminum body and now the f150 lightning is a few months away. Now they show this stupid video so stupid investors lift the stock value. They can’t fix the bolt fire issue yet, they’ll never succeed on electric vehicles as long they overpaid their ceo 23 million dollars a year.

  • avatar
    slavuta

    Some old technology, this steering
    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/bringing-rear-top-10-rear-wheel-steering-cars

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    The “quadra-steer” GM had years ago. It was very hard to get repaired because most mechanics knew very little about it.

  • avatar

    just saw Ralph Nader at Office Depot.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    Something that will probably cost $4,000 to fix when it goes out and was only useful a handful of times in the truck’s life.

  • avatar
    Mike63

    Just another thing to go wrong!

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