Numerous Buick models will no longer come equipped with heated seats and ventilated seats as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage. Now, GM Authority is detailing which Buick models are affected by the deletion of these features.
For those readers who may not be aware, the global microchip shortage has forced General Motors to restrict the availability of heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels for much of its lineup, with Chevy, GMC, and Cadillac also affected by the feature deletion.
The changes first went into effect on Monday, November 15th. Additional GM models will no longer come equipped with heated steering wheels after November 22nd. It is currently unclear how long the features will be dropped, but the expectation is that the restricted availability will be in effect for at least the remainder of the 2022 model year. Availability of the features hinges entirely on the availability of further microchip supplies.
Affected models will come with a credit that ranges between $150 and $500, depending on the features deleted. The deleted features also vary between individual models and trim levels, as some units are affected by the deletion, while others are not.
Buick models affected by the deletion include the Buick Enclave, Buick Encore GX, and Buick Envision. Heated front seats and heated outboard rear seats are the most commonly deleted feature, while ventilated front seats have also been deleted from certain models. Notably, no Buick models were affected by the deletion of a heated steering wheel.
For a more complete overview of which features are deleted from which Buick models, check out the table below:
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Heated Front Seats||Ventilated Front Seats||Heated Outboard Rear Seats||Heated Steering Wheel|
|Buick Enclave||Premium, Avenir||Some units||X|
|Buick Encore GX||Preferred, Select, Essence||Some units||X|
|Buick Envision||Preferred, Essence, Avenir||Some units||X|
|Buick Envision||Avenir||Some units||X||X|
- X – Feature made unavailable as of November 15 production
To note, GM Authority has also covered the deletion of heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels from Chevy vehicles and GMC vehicles. Check out those posts for more information on which specific models have been affected.