Pickup trucks are no longer the spartan vehicles dedicated to the act of labor that they once were. The trucks of today can rival even the Germans automakers in terms of luxury features and amenities. However, they are also packed with features that make doing truck things easier than ever before. According to a report from GM-Trucks.com, the current crop of GM Trucks will be getting a long-time favorite feature found on their F-series rivals. The technology will finally debut on the refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra.
According to the report, buyers can expect to see the Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert monitoring system on GM Trucks during the 2022 model year. This feature should make towing a trailer loaded with the family boat or work supplies safer, as it helps to prevent cross traffic accidents when changing lanes. Ford F-150 buyers have had a similar system in place on their trucks since 2017.
This feature was initially expected to roll out for the Silverado and Sierra 1500 during the 2021 model year, but delays related to the coronavirus pandemic have pushed many projects and products back across the industry. GM-Trucks.com states that it is possible that GM will roll out the Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert system during the 2021 model year as a mid-year update, alongside features like a multifunction tailgate. If not, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be when the feature lands. The 2022 model year will also debut exterior changes, and interior updates.
While the T1 trucks don’t have this feature just yet, General Motors already offers their Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert system on their 2021 Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade models. The feature bears the RPO Code “UKV” and is referenced as “Extended Side Blind Zone Alert” or “ESBZA”.
MC&T reported back in February that GM was looking at incorporating more elements from their full-size SUVs into the GM Trucks, including their interior design language. It appears that this technology crossover is the company’s latest move in this direction.
The evolution of the pickup truck doesn’t appear to be slowing down. As these once utilitarian vehicles become more and more usable everyday, it’s really no wonder why they continue to sell in huge numbers. With this latest edition, the current lineup of GM Trucks only becomes more enticing. Now if only they’d build us an off-roader to combat the Raptor and TRX.