In case you’re trying to purchase a 2022 Chevrolet (or practically any GM automobile) this winter, you would possibly wish to spend money on a hotter pair of sweatpants: the corporate has introduced that because of the ongoing chip scarcity, it’ll now not be capable to provide heated or ventilated seats on just about all its upcoming SUVs and pickups, as first reported by Automotive News.
“By taking these measures, it will enable continued production and delivery of inventory to help respond to the strong customer and dealer demand for all our products as the industry continues to rebound and strengthen,” a letter to sellers from GM obtained by Automotive Information reads.
The change went into impact earlier this week on November fifteenth and impacts a variety of Chevy and GMC automobiles. As one Chevy dealer explained on TikTok, just about all 2022 SUVs and vans — barring a number of high-end trims — received’t be getting heated seats anymore. Seat heaters aren’t the one function to be impacted, both: heated steering wheels are set to get the axe on November twenty second on most fashions, too.
In accordance with Roadshow, GM says that the change is meant to be “temporary” because it tries to wrangle extra chips however is anticipated to affect the complete 2022 mannequin 12 months. Consumers will as a substitute get credit score in direction of their new automobile of $150 to $500 to make up for the lacking function.
The dearth of heated seats is among the extra tangible impacts of the chip scarcity on automobiles but and speaks to only how vital chips are to fashionable automobiles — even for options like seat heaters, which you wouldn’t essentially be significantly reliant on semiconductor expertise. It’s the most recent in a series of issues with chips for automakers, which have additionally seen some BWM fashions lately take away touchscreens and a few Teslas lose USB ports.
It’s not all dangerous information, although: in the identical announcement to sellers, GM additionally famous that thanks to higher provides of chips, it was capable of deliver again digital temperature shows, facet blind spot alerts, and its Tremendous Cruise driver-assist expertise — three options that it was compelled to take away earlier within the 12 months as a result of provide shortages.