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.