Parents and engineers have long searched for a way to keep tabs on the kiddos in the back without creating a dangerous distraction or taking your eyes off of the road. Inspired by parental input, the 2015 GMC Yukon family, as well as the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and 2015 Cadillac Escalade feature what’s become known as a “conversation mirror.”
The simple wrap-around mirror flips out in the same fashion with the sunglasses holder, and provides a look into the rear of the cabin, leaving the rear-view mirror for driving duties. Push once, and the compartment fully opens, allowing access to an eyeglasses holder. Partially close the compartment, and the mirror latches in position, providing a wide view of the SUV’s interior.
The widened view allows for parents and drivers to peek all the way into the third row with ease without having to turn around from their seat.
GMC says roughly 30 percent of Yukon buyers are parents with kids under the age of 16, so the feature is a welcome addition to provide peace of mind, and lessen distractions while behind the wheel.
“We wanted a mirror contour that provided a wide, door-to-door field of vision, allowing drivers to quickly monitor both back seats in a single glance,” said Jennifer Farah, an interior trim design engineer. “At the same time, we didn’t want the mirror to grow too large and eliminate room for a pair of glasses. As a mom, I can truly see the value in keeping a watch over my kids without turning my head away from the road.”
The conversation mirror is now standard on every trim level of Yukon, from the shortened wheelbase, to the Yukon XL.