Late last week, it was reported that General Motors would cut several popular comfort features from crossover and pickup truck models across its lineup, including heated seats and ventilated seats. Now, however, GM has indicated that it will be able to retrofit these two features on affected models as soon as next year.
According to a recent report from Automotive News, General Motors has confirmed that all U.S. vehicles previously affected by the deletion of both heated seats and ventilated seats will be eligible for a retrofit to have those features installed later. What’s more, GM says it will cover the cost of the retrofit for each affected vehicle.
Previously, it was announced that affected vehicles would receive a credit of $150 to $500. Now, however, with the availability of a free retrofit next year, affected vehicles will instead receive a credit of $50, per the Automotive News report, citing a memo sent to dealers. Unfortunately, the memo also states that vehicles missing heated steering wheels, another feature affected by the recent feature deletion, cannot have that feature retrofitted after the fact. As such, vehicles missing a heated steering wheel will include a credit of $150.
As reported previously, the feature reduction will affect well over a dozen nameplates from all four of GM’s U.S. brands, including GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, and Buick. Just a few of the models affected include the Chevy Colorado, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Canyon, GMC Sierra, GMC Terrain, Cadillac XT4, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, Buick Enclave, and Buick Envision. Check out GM Authority’s previous coverage for a complete list of which models are affected from each brand (GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, Buick).
The news that General Motors will be able to retrofit heated seats and ventilated seats as early as next year no doubt comes as a relief to both dealers and customers alike. In a recent report from market research firm AutoPacific, heated seats are the number-one most sought-after feature among car buyers.