These Chevy Models Will Get Limited Heated Steering Wheel Availability21
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.
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I hope people quit buying all affected vehicles, punish cheap ass gm with your wallet people!
The more people resist buying a GM product, the more it becomes Brandon & Mary’s problem. There’s more selection with other Brands. People resisting aren’t EV buyers.
Just picked up Silverado 2500 HD that I ordered in March 2022. It came delivered with front and rear park assist, along with heated seats and steering wheel. Thanks GM!
Absolute great vehicle!
GM is smokin crack if they think Andy will buy a Suburban without a heated steering wheel.
GM stock price going to z-e-r-o!
You tell em Andy!
My wife’s 2019 Equinox Premier has heat and ventilated seats and heated steering wheel. I really like these options for cold Midwest winter mornings and hot summer days. I hope they get this straightened out soon, before I buy a new 23 Silverado!
Or you could just wear gloves and a winter coat like you use to do before these options were available.
Sure and we could build wood fires to heat our homes and hunt for our food with spears just as our ancestors did before modern amenities were invented. But since there are other brands that don’t sacrifice heated steering wheels in their vehicles, we don’t have to regress to please some executive who is surely driving a GM product with comfy heated seats and warm heated steering wheels.
That’s a ridiculous comparison. I’m not sure if it sounded good when you Initially thought of it but it just made you look really foolish. So you are trying to compare a heated seat and steering wheel to building a wood fire in your home and hunting with spears? Lol really? You do comprehend we are talking about a feature that what came out not even 15-20 years ago at the most? But you are acting like you have depended on that since you have been alive lmao please. 🤣
I was making a humorous point. At what point do we say settling for less is absurd? At least you agree spear hunting is out. 🙂
Of course people could wear gloves and a winter coat, but why should they do without heated steering wheels and seats when they can buy from a competitor and get a vehicle that has those features? We all can settle for less, but there’s no reason to do so. GM needs to raise its standards rather than the consumer lower theirs.
I hope someone in authority realizes that these features (heated seats, steering wheel) are more needed and appreciated in the colder states, and would tie feature deletion to where the selling dealer is located, e.g., Southern and Western states).
I regularly use the heated steering wheel in my 2019 Suburban here in Idaho. Ive got a 2022 6.2 z71 on order…no idea if it will ever get built and with what 🤦♂️. I know more than my sales rep.
A truck does not need a heated steering wheel nor a moon roof. Just something else to break down in 7 years and cost $2000 to fix.
I have a 2008 Ford F150. V8. 4WD, 148,000.. It runs great. I have had to put some money in it for repairs but I use it to tow my RV and for everyday travel. It has a small amount of rust but otherwise looks fine. One owner – me. Kept in a garage. I keep thinking maybe I should sell it because it’s old but I honestly like it. Was looking at GM. How would the 2008 Ford truck compare to 2008 Chevy truck? As far as how many years could I get out of a new one.
I’m in the market for a new Tahoe. 2 months search and still looking. Not sure of some of the options we’ll end up getting but for $65,000 it ought to come with a darn heated inside door handles too. I hate to pay this much for a car but we need a large one and even a used car is practically the same as a new one. Pandemic or not cars are grossly overpriced and doubt it will change.
So let me get this straight you buy a truck with what you want on it .Production date was Nov 3rd now dealer says Production date is Jan 8th.First date made cut off new date truck would be affected .I can tell you this somebody can have the truck when it comes in if it does not have those options. Oh wait if I ordered a 80 thousand dollar truck I would be privileged to have them That’s just greed in my book
The chip shortage is a real thing. Not sure you can blame GM. That said, I have a 2022 Blazer RS on order which is supposed to include all of the features being cut and live in upstate NY, so I am as frustrated as everyone else.
Just bought a Traverse 2022 with heated seats and heated steering wheel not working. Told by dealer that chip will be installed in summer. My last GM purchase.
I was told by a local dealer here in the Seattle area that a certain Silverado 1500 LTD I was looking at did NOT have the heating chips BUT that around June-July they would install the Modules to enable them at no cost to me.
So if that helps.
But also Island 1832’s post about the colder states is spot on.
It would make sense to aim whatever chips they have to vehicles in the colder northern states and states like Minnesota the Dakota’s and so on. And maybe they have been doing that.
All I know is Me and the Wife just placed an order on Monday for a LTD 1500 RST with the heated seats and steering wheel.
We’ll see what we get in 4 months.
$80k vehicle without a heated steering wheel and a $50 credit. Are they crazy!
Dealer is telling me that the heated steering wheel will be retrofitted later when supplies are available.