As GM Authority covered last week, General Motors has decided to remove various heated seats, ventilated seats, and heated steering wheels from a variety of its crossover and pickup models due to the ongoing global microchip shortage. This includes numerous Chevy vehicles, which, in addition to limited heated seat availability, will now also have limited heated steering wheel availability.
Chevy models affected by the heated steering wheel feature deletion include the Chevy Blazer, 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. Not all units between the individual models and trims are affected equally, so some affected units may have the heated steering wheel feature, while others may not.
The chart embedded below provides a complete overview of the Chevy models affected by the deletion of heated steering wheels as of November 15th production. The chart also lists those models that are affected by the deletion of heated/ventilated seats, which we covered in a separate article published last week.
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Heated Steering Wheel||Heated Front Seats||Ventilated Front Seats||Heated Outboard Rear Seats|
|Chevrolet Blazer||2LT, 3LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Blazer||RS, Premier||Some units||X2||X1||X1|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT, Z71, ZR2||All units||X1|
|Chevrolet Colorado||LT||All units||X1|
|Chevrolet Equinox||LT, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Equinox||Premier||Some units||X1||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, High Country||Some units||X1||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LTZ, High Country||All units||X4|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited||LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ||All units||X3|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LT, LTZ||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LT, LTZ||All units||X3|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Silverado HD||LTZ, High Country||Some units||X5|
|Chevrolet Suburban||LT, RST, Z71, Premier||Some units||X3|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||LT, RST, Z71, Premier||Some units||X3|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer||LT, Activ, RS||Some units||X2||X1|
|Chevrolet Traverse||LT Cloth, LT Leather, RS, Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Traverse||LT Leather, RS, Premier||Some units||X2|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier||Some units||X1|
|Chevrolet Traverse||Premier, High Country||Some units||X1|
- Feature made unavailable as of November 15 production
- Feature made unavailable as of November 22 production
- Feature made unavailable as of December 6 production
- Feature unavailable since beginning of 2022 model year production
- Feature unavailable since late July 2021 production
Affected vehicles may come with a credit/price reduction ranging between $150 and $500. Some models may also be eligible for feature retrofitting when further parts become available in the future.
The global chip shortage has forced GM to delete certain electronic features from its lineup, which effectively reduces the number of chips it uses per vehicle. The feature deletion for heated steering wheels will go into effect on November 22nd. It’s not clear when the features will once again be available, although the expectation is that this change will remain in place throughout the remainder of the 2022 model year. The inclusion of the features depends entirely on the future availability of microchip supplies – a fluid situation that has proven extremely hard for supply chain experts to accurately predict.