As GM Authority covered late last week, General Motors is removing heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels from a variety of crossover and pickup models due to the ongoing global microchip shortage. That includes numerous Chevy vehicles, and now, GM Authority is covering exactly which models are affected.
For those who may have missed it, the microchip shortage is forcing General Motors to reduce features across its lineup, including heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels. The feature deletion is set to go into effect today, November 15th, while deletion of the heated steering wheel feature will go into effect for certain vehicles on November 22nd. For now, it’s uncertain when the features will once again be available, with the latest expectation that the feature reduction will remain in place through the remainder of the 2022 model year. The inclusion of the features depends entirely on the future availability of microchip supplies.
Affected vehicles may include a credit ranging between $150 and $500, while some models may be eligible for retrofitting when further parts become available in the future.
As it stands now, Chevy models affected by the feature deletion include the Chevy Blazer, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Colorado, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Silverado 1500, Chevy Silverado HD, Chevy Trailblazer, and Chevy Traverse. The availability of the features depends on the model and trim level. What’s more, not all units between the individual models and trims are affected equally.
Heated front seats is the most heavily impacted feature, followed by ventilated front seats and heated steering wheels. The availability of heated outboard rear seats is also affected. It should also be noted that while some models may continue to offer a heated steering wheel, the automatic activation feature has been removed.
With that covered, here’s a complete overview of the Chevy models affected by the deletion of heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels as of November 15th production:
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Heated Front Seats||Ventilated Front Seats||Heated Outboard Rear Seats||Heated Steering Wheel|
|Chevrolet Blazer||2LT, 3LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Blazer||RS, Premier||Some units||X||X||X1|
|Chevrolet Camaro||2LT, 3LT, 2SS, ZL1||Some units||X||X||X|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT, Z71, ZR2||All units||X|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT||All units||X|
|Chevrolet Equinox||LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Equinox||Premier||Some units||X||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, High Country||Some units||X||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LTZ, High Country||All units||X2|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LT, LTZ||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ, High Country||Some units||X3|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer||LT, Activ, RS||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Traverse||LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier, High Country||Some units||X|
- X – Feature made unavailable as of November 15 production
- 1 – Heated steering wheel still available, but automatic activation feature removed
- 2 – Feature unavailable since beginning of 2022 model year production
- 3 – Feature unavailable since late July 2021 production
Update: following the publication of this article, GM reversed its decision to build the Camaro without heated and ventilated seats as well as heated steering wheels. As a result, production of the Camaro will not be affected after all.