General Motors introduced Super Cruise back in 2017 with the Cadillac brand, and over the years, people have driven over 10 million miles using Super Cruise across the U.S. and Canada. But now, with the semiconductor shortage continuing to hinder manufacturers, GM has been forced to drop the innovative feature for the 2022 Cadillac Escalade.
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Motor1.com confirmed the information with a Cadillac representative. They came out with a statement that the Cadillac team is working to “mitigate the supply chain situation and resume offering the feature for our customers as soon as possible.” Speculation is that the shortage will press on through next year and perhaps even 2023
By temporarily removing the Super Cruise from the Cadillac Escalade, the semi-autonomous driving system that is exclusive to General Motors, the luxury SUV loses a huge edge on its competitors. Because the system truly is that good. However, Super Cruise still shows up as an option for the Cadillac CT4, CT5. In addition, the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer EV pickup, and GMC Sierra are planned to get the system for the 2022 model year. However, with the 2022 Escalade being forced to drop this feature, that could change.
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The Cadillac Escalade outsold the CT4 and CT5 in 2020, so by keeping production for the vehicle underway while removing the feature that relies on the semiconductor, Cadillac is saving some potential heavy financial losses for 2022. Other manufacturers have been employing a similar strategy as of late. For example, Chevy stopped building the Silverado with the active fuel management system due to the shortage. The system saves fuel by only using half of the engine’s cylinders during certain driving situations.
It seems as vehicles use more and more technology, these issues are inevitable when shortages happen. As a result, cars end up losing some features to bypass the problem, or manufacturers shut down the plant until they can get their hands on the parts they need. So if you’re planning on getting a Cadillac Escalade for the Super Cruise option, you may want to wait a little longer.