GM removed the Automatic Stop/Start feature from the 2022 model year Chevy Tahoe and Suburban in order to cut back on the number of semiconductor chips it was using per unit. As a result, all units produced from the start of production for the 2022 model year vehicles in October until December 12th were not equipped with Automatic Stop/Start. With the chip supply improving slightly, however, GM has now re-added the feature to the Tahoe and Suburban, with all vehicles produced from December 13th onward featuring the technology.
Automatic stop/start was removed from all Chevy Tahoe and Suburban models that were equipped with either the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 or the 6.2L L87 V8, with buyers of affected vehicles receiving a $50 credit in exchange for the feature’s exclusion. The change was not applied to models equipped with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax.
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban are produced at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas alongside the GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade. The automaker recently re-implemented weekend overtime shifts at the Arlington plant after observing an improvement in its chip supply, increasing the production output of its hot-selling and hugely profitable full-size SUVs.
While GM has begun to see its access to semiconductor chips improve, GM spokesman David Barnas said last month that the situation “remains complex and very fluid.” Experts believe the impacts of the chip shortage will begin to dissipate next year, but will not be fully resolved until much later in the year or in 2023.