These Cadillac Models Will Get Limited Heated Steering Wheel Availability5
General Motors was recently forced to reduce the availability of heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels for much of its vehicle lineup. Despite representing its most well-equipped and luxurious vehicles in its portfolio, the Cadillac brand has not been shielded from these changes caused by the ongoing microchip shortage. We already covered the limited heated seat availability for various new Cadillac models, so now GM Authority is turning its attention to the reduced heated steering wheel availability in these vehicles.
Cadillac vehicles that will have limited heated steering wheel availability going forward include the Cadillac XT4, XT5, and XT6 crossovers, as well as the CT4 and CT5 sedans. The only Cadillac vehicles not affected by these changes, then, are the Cadillac Escalade and the extended-wheelbase Escalade ESV. It’s worth pointing out that some of the affected models listed in our helpful chart below will not be affected by this change, while others will. Availability hinges on the trim level chosen and other factors.
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Heated Steering Wheel||Heated Front Seats||Ventilated Front Seats||Heated Outboard Rear Seats|
|Cadillac CT4||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, CT4-V||All units||X2|
|Cadillac CT4||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, CT4-V||Some units||X3|
|Cadillac CT5||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, CT5-V||All units||X2|
|Cadillac CT5||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport, CT5-V||Some units||X3|
|Cadillac XT4||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport||Some units||X2||X1||X1|
|Cadillac XT4||Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport||Some units||X3|
|Cadillac XT4||Premium Luxury, Sport||Some units||X1|
|Cadillac XT5||Premium Luxury, Sport||All units||X2|
|Cadillac XT5||Premium Luxury, Sport||Some units||X4,5||X1|
|Cadillac XT6||Premium Luxury, Sport||All units||X2|
|Cadillac XT6||Premium Luxury, Sport||Some units||X4,5||X1|
- Feature made unavailable as of November 15 production
- Heated steering wheel still available, but automatic activation feature removed
- Feature made unavailable as of December 6 production
- Feature made unavailable as of November 22 production
- Feature made available again as of November 29 production
These changes went into effect Monday, November 15th, for some GM models, while other vehicles did not see these changes applied until November 22nd. It’s currently not clear when the features may return, but for now, it’s expected that the feature deletion will remain in place for at least the remainder of the 2022 model year. When the features will return depends on the future availability of additional microchip supplies – which is a highly fluid situation that changes week-to-week. Affected models might come with a small credit ranging between $150 and $500, depending on the features affected. Some vehicles may also be eligible for feature retrofitting in the future.
We should also note that GM Authority has also covered which Chevy models and Buick models have been affected by the heated steering wheel feature deletions.
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I’ve been told by Cadillac Canada CS that if you ordered the Platinum package on the XT5 & XT6, heated steering wheel would not be dropped and remain as a standard item. I’m ok without the automatic heating option as these warm up very quickly anyways. What I don’t like though is this report seems to indicate that moving forward past December 6th the heated steering wheel looks to be dropped altogether across the line up. GM has sad previously that there is no way to add heated steering wheels once produced so I think this is very poor on their part regardless of the current microchip issue. Really, a $70,000 (Canadian $) Cadillac XT5 with no heated steering wheel, no heated or ventilated seats and I’m now hearing the illuminated front door sill plates are also chopped. Who on earth is this considered rational for a Luxury Car builder like Cadillac? Or anybody else for that matter!
I’m going with the wait and see approach to see exactly what is left on my order when it comes in, but good money now is on saying NO to my trade in and keeping my 2015 Chev Traverse with heated seats!
I have a feeling there will be a lot of cancellations coming down the road.
GM just posted this on their order guide. It apples to both the XT5 and XT6 Model lines. No mention of XT4 at this time.
Week of 11/29/2021
Effective 11/29/2021, the following changes will be made to the Vehicle Order Guide:
Interior section-(KI3) Steering wheel, heated, changed availability on 1SD and 1SF from “A” to “S” and deleted footnote 1 entirely.
Interior section-Deleted (00G) Not Equipped with Heated Steering Wheel, entirely.
1SD – Premium Luxury
1SF – Sport
1SA & 1SB – Luxury ( not indicated )
Don’t see the Cadillac CT5-V mentioned in this story, will it also have the heated Steering wheel and seats chopped as well. I have the model I mentioned on order since August 2021? I would rather wait out the shortage then to accept the car without these options. Especially when living in Canada.
Yes, the CT4-V and CT5-V also get limited heated steering wheel availability. We updated the table in the article. Thanks for pointing this out!
If these items are not available when my lease is up then I will switch to another brand. In Michigan you have to have these items available. Period!!