These Chevy Models Will Get Limited Heated Seat Availability19
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.
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No heated leather seats in cold climates in the year 2021 on 50 large+vehicles, fugedaboutit gm.
No cooled leather seats especially in the sticky south or desert southwest on 50 large+vehicles, fugedaboutit gm.
What a joke.
Even more so when the gullible American consumer buys these gutted pieces of junk from the automakers.
Meanwhile I’ll enjoy my heated seats and toasty bottom in my 2002 GMC Sierra. No wonder the GMT 800 trucks are the smartest pickups on the road.
You mention in your article that some models may be eligible for retrofitting in the future. Could we have a list of which models these may be?
No heated seats except on the overpriced premium vehicles? Not going to go with a $75K Denali or High Country pickup just to get heated seats…get bent GM. I am sure there is a lot of other junk on these SUV’s and trucks that can be eliminated in order to save microchips. I don’t really care for the heated steering wheels, but how about getting rid of some of the driving nannies that we don’t need anymore? You know, like Blind Spot and cross-path detection (use your stinking mirrors and look behind you like you were taught in driver’s ed), 360 degree camera? Teen driving modes (let your teens drive a beater like you drove growing up). Digital rear view mirrors. Multiple digital displays. The list goes on and on. But I think that heated seats should be one of the last features to go because of its popularity. Time to shop other brands…
GM you are losing customers at a rapid pace. I will never own a vehicle with leather seats that are not heated. I guess many executives in GM don’t live in the cold climate. I guess GM is falling into the lower your expectations class of America.
A good % of them are in Deetroit.
They will not accept this de-conented crap they will hold on to their last years model.
Not to mention no hood insulation, no front and rear parking sensors, now no heated seats or steering wheel !!! GM, goodbye.
It’s not “hard core” bow tie enthusiasts that GM needs to be concerned about, it’s the other 80% of the buying public. My wife is a perfect example, she has owned vehicles from about every manufacture out there. She has no brand loyalty and shops solely on style and FEATURES. If a salesperson told her that heated seats aren’t available on a particular vehicle of interest, it would be a “Thank you for your time”. If I was holding GM shares, think I’d take the $63 ! IMHO
Traverse was on my final list, just waiting for a 2022 to show up at Dealerships. Buick Enclave seems to not be impacted??? Just scratched GM off my final purchase list. Back to Audi and Ford for final purchase.
Ok, but what about Buick, GMC and Cadillac ?
It’s enough for me to go Ford, Ram or that great new Tundra. Yeah. Thinking Tundra. Oh. Another unrelated. Why still an antiquated push rod , 2 valve motor. This day in age should be single or double ohc. Come on GMC.
I hope customers are smart enough to NOT buy the vehicles with the removed features.
Hopefully this doesn’t happen to existing orders! This is a deal breaker.. Hopefully the retrofit is in writing
The Silverado refresh turned me on. This turned me back off.
Even if you ordered when they were available your vehicle will NOT be built with them, you will get a credit depending on vehicle.
What does “Some Units” mean? For the Camaro, you list several trim levels, so how are they determining which models are getting the heated/ventilated seats and heated steering wheel? Convertibles are? Coupes are not?
I have a 2SS convertible on order, the lack of these options are enough for me to seriously consider buying a new Mustang!
I might be willing to order one if the seats could be retrofitted. Why wouldn’t gm put that statement out, instead of sorry no heated seats. I could wait till next winter if needed. Of coarse they could also state some price point for this retro.