Ever since General Motors launched the current-generation, 2020 and newer Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks, many have wondered why the duo can’t be had with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), even as an option. After all, the trucks are powerhouses, not only when it comes to towing and hauling capability, but also as it relates to technology.
“We haven’t seen the desire from the customer there,” explained Bob Krapes, Director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, when GM Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, raised this subject in a recent interview. “We see it more on the premium trims in the light duty, but as these HD trucks continue to grow [in popularity], it’s something to look at. But as of right now, no plans for that.”
Adaptive Cruise Control is offered on the light duty 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 as well as on its corporate platform mate, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. On the Silverado 1500, ACC is part of the Safety Package II, which can be optioned on the LTZ and High Country trim levels at an extra cost of $1,095. The Safety Package II also includes the following equipment:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- IntelliBeam headlamps
- Following Distance Indicator
- Safety Alert Seat
The same features are offered on the Sierra 1500 via the Driver Alert Package II, which is priced at $1,045 on the SLE and AT4 trim levels and $1,095 on SLT and Denali.
It’s also worth noting that the Ford Super Duty range (F-250 and F-350) – a direct rival to the Silverado HD and Sierra HD – can be optioned with Adaptive Cruise Control.
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Silverado HD and Sierra HD sales have seen significant growth over the past two years. U.S. sales of the Silverado HD rose by 14 percent from 131,953 units in the 2019 calendar year to 150,394 units in 2020. Similarly, Sierra HD sales climbed 23.2 percent from 59,871 units to 73,777 units during the same period.
Overall, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are, respectively, the most popular and third most popular GM vehicles sold in the U.S., with the Chevy Equinox in second place. Most of this is due to the popularity of the light duty models, but as the figures presented above show, the HDs are becoming increasingly important to the fortunes of the two nameplates. The Silverado HD’s proportion of total Silverado sales rose from 22.9 percent in 2019 to 25.3 percent in 2020, while the Sierra HD represented 29.2 percent of all Sierra sales in 2020 compared to 25.8 percent in 2019.
Adaptive Cruise Control might seem an obvious thing to offer on GM’s heavy duty pickup trucks, but the impressive sales performance suggests that they don’t need them… at least for now. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if GM were to leap straight to offering Super Cruise on the Silverado HD and Sierra HD, skipping ACC altogether.