Just last week, GM Authority reported that General Motors was planning to expand the availability of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) on its 2021 Silverado pickup truck. But as we just learned, AEB isn’t the only feature that will see expanded availability.
GM Authority sources familiar with GM product plans tell us that three active safety features, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking and Forward Collision Alert, will become available across the entire 2021 Silverado 1500 model range, including the entry-level Work Truck and Custom models. That represents a notable departure from prior model years, when these accident avoidance features were limited to being an option on the high-end LTZ and High Country trim levels.
|Trim Level:||Work Truck||Custom||Custom Trail Boss||LT||RST||LT Trail Boss||LTZ||High Country|
- Availability of Active Safety features represented in the table include:
The features will be offered as part of a package. For instance, the Safety Essentials Package will offer the features on WT, Custom and Custom Trail Boss models, and another package will bundle them on the LT, LT Trail Boss and RST models. The Safety Package 2 on LTZ and High Country models will continue to offer the aforementioned trio of active safety features, plus several other features to boot. Pricing information is currently not available for the packages.
Meanwhile, the 2021 Silverado HD will offer Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision on the base Work Truck model, but Front Pedestrian Braking will remain absent from the options list, at least for the time being.
Expanded availability of the most basic accident prevention features for the 2021 Silverado comes after Consumer Reports highlighted the fact that customers were forced to shell out nearly $17,000 extra on top of the price of a base 2020 Silverado in order to get them. That wasn’t the first time GM had been criticized for the ways in which it offers active safety features. In 2019, GM CEO Mary Barra was asked why the automaker does not offer more standard active safety technology, to which she said the automaker is now working on both adding more standard safety features and offering optional equipment in lower-end trim levels. It appears that the expanded availability of active safety features in the 2021 Silverado delivers on that promise.
In other Silverado news, GM Authority recently detailed that the 2021 model will also get the center console from the 2021 Tahoe and 2021 Suburban. These updates will be joined by several other changes, including the 2021 Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition, new exterior colors, and more – which we will detail shortly. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.