Much of the same trailering tech heading to GM's trucks will transfer to its SUVs.
Ford threw down the gauntlet when it came to trailering technology in 2015 when it revealed the F-150's radical new "Pro Trailer Backup Assist" - a feature that used a live fead from a rear-facing camera, predictive graphical overlays, and clever software to make backing up a trailer as simple as turning a knob on the dash. Ever since, the arms race has been on, and GM is getting set to launch a major salvo with its touched-up 2021 full-size pickup trucks.
But here's some news that will thrill SUV shoppers: the new towing technologies coming to the 2021 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra will also transfer to GM's newest crop of full-size SUVs, including the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
Muscle Cars & Trucks recently spoke to Frank Bruneel, one of the software engineers behind GM's towing technologies, who told the outlet: "SUVs come on board over time, and they're going to have the same functions and features that the trucks are getting now." He says the tech "will launch not necessarily across the board, but definitely over time you're going to see the same trailering suite on [T1-platform SUVs] as well."
High-tech trailering features that might transfer include Jack Knife Alert, which uses proximity sensors to ascertain how close the trailer is to the back of the vehicle and issue a warning if the driver is about to jackknife. There's also a Trailer Length Indicator for the blind spot monitoring system and Rear Trailer View with Trailer-Angle Indicator.
Mr. Bruneel's comments suggest that the timing of the rollout isn't certain, nor is the matter of precisely which features will carry over onto GM's new full-size SUVs. But any combination of new trailering features would be more than welcome among customers who tow, and the technologies would give GM's T1-platform SUVs more ammunition to use against Ford's latest Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
The Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade were all completely redesigned for the 2021 model year, incorporating an independent rear suspension design for the first time ever.