Note: The F-150 has had it since 2017.
Detroit's pickup truck war has been raging for decades and there's no sign of letup. This rivalry between Ford, GM, and FCA is becoming fiercer every year and that's actually good for customers. The competition gives them amazing trucks to choose from. But the Ford F-150 has long dominated the half-ton segment while the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 have been left to fight over second place. With the upcoming Silverado and GMC Sierra refresh just around the corner, it appears GM is playing some catch up regarding the addition of a feature the F-150 has had available since 2017.
According to GM Trucks, citing a source within GM, Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert will be an option on the 2022 Silverado and Sierra twins.
GM, in fact, already has this technology because it's already available on the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, and soon to go on sale Cadillac Escalade. The source sounds legit because they even provided the RPO Code, "UKV", and is being referenced as "Extended Side Blind Zone Alert" or "ESBZA." Oddly, the system won't debut in time for the upcoming 2021 Silverado and Sierra mid-cycle refresh, at least first. It's possible it'll be become available as a mid-year update, along with the Multi-Flex Tailgate (a clone of GMC's Multi-Pro tailgate) in the Silverado.
Not to be outgunned, Ford is also busy at work designing its own multi-functional tailgate.
Why isn't the trailer blind zone alert system ready for the 2021 GM truck refresh? Blame the coronavirus pandemic. Development plans for nearly everything got slowed down and GM is racing to play catch up. So why is Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert such a good thing for truck owners to have? Well, its name says it all.
The system informs drivers if another vehicle is suddenly driving too close to the trailer or is within any blind spot. Quite obviously, it's capable of preventing accidents which could become far worse with a trailer being involved.