We’ve already learned all about the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and those models’ more premium cousins, the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. However, there’s one interesting new feature available for these GM SUVs that hasn’t been covered in detail yet.
General Motors‘ new line of full-size SUVs will feature an available power-sliding center console, which is the first motorized vehicle console of its type. It can slide forward and back up to 10 inches, with different positions serving different purposes. For example, sliding it all the way rearward moves the console cupholders into the second row, allowing back-seat passengers to access them. It also features a sliding top section, which can extend to serve as an armrest even when the console is slid all the way rearward.
The electrically-powered console, which is large enough to hold four gallons of milk in one configuration, also has a hidden compartment inside for storing valuables or other items one might prefer to have out of sight. The button to operate the console is located just above the GM SUVs’ rearview mirror.
Unfortunately, not all versions of GM’s new full-size SUVs will be offered with the power-sliding center console. The feature is part of the Deluxe package for the Chevrolet Tahoe High Country and Suburban High Country, which also adds Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, a power panoramic sunroof, a Max Trailering package, power-retractable assist steps with perimeter lighting and the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension.
The motorized console is also available as a standalone option in SLT, AT4 and Denali variants of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, although it requires some other extra features and packages beforehand, depending on the trim.
It’s understood this power-sliding center console will not appear in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. The luxury SUV features a different console than the Tahoe/Suburban and Yukon/Yukon XL, which appears narrower and forms a more uniform fit with the Escalade’s sculpted dashboard. This represents a departure from the previous generation of full-size GM SUVs, when the Escalade featured a boxy console that was very similar to the ones found in its Chevrolet and GMC stablemates.
You can see the GM SUVs’ power-sliding center console in action in the video embedded below.