The 2022 GMC Yukon will temporarily lose its four-way power lumbar support due to the microchip shortage, GM Authority can confirm.
For a temporary and undisclosed amount of time, 2022 GMC Yukon models that typically come standard with four-way power lumbar support will instead only feature two-way power lumbar support. GMC Yukon trim levels that are offered with standard four-way power lumbar support include the SLT, AT4 and range-topping Denali. Buyers of vehicles affected by this change will receive a $50 credit in exchange for the simplified lumbar adjustment system.
As a result of this change, the 2022 GMC Yukon SLT, AT4 and Denali will also feature standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats instead of 12-way power adjustable seats. Again, this is being done to limit the number of microchips GM uses per vehicle as it continues to wade through the global supply crunch of semiconductor chips.
GM Authority also reported this week that this same change would be applied to the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and 2022 Chevy Suburban as well. Only High Country and Premier trim levels of the two Chevy full-size SUVs come standard with four-way power lumbar adjust. These two trim levels will now come standard with two-way power lumbar adjustment.
To be clear, this is only expected to be a temporary change, however it will be in effect until further notice. Due to the ongoing and ever-changing nature of the global chip shortage, GM is not providing an estimate as to when this change will be lifted for either the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL or Chevy Tahoe/Suburban.
By removing certain features in vehicles, GM has been able to mitigate the effects of the chip shortage on its bottom line. For example, the automaker previously removed Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management from certain examples of the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, as well as Automatic Stop-Start and HD Radio. Other GM models have also been hit with similar chip-related equipment austerity measures.
GM is particularly keen to see larger, more expensive vehicles like the GMC Yukon remain in production amid the chip shortage, as these vehicles represent some of its most popular and profitable products. The GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are both produced at the GM Arlington Assembly plant, which has not taken any chip-related downtime this year.