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GM SUV LINEUP TO EVENTUALLY GET NEW TOWING TECH FROM SILVERADO, SIERRA

The All-New Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, And Escalade Will All Get The Features

2021 GMC Yukon Denali GM SUV T1 Platform
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The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra full size truck families are getting a new technology suite of towing software features that aim to improve safety and customer experience. Features such as Jack Knife Alert, a zoom feature on the cargo bed camera system, trailer length indicators, and side view enhancements are just a few of the features on the half-ton and HD models that you can read more about here. And soon, the entire all-new GM SUV family will have these features, too.

“SUVs come on board over time, and they’re going to have the same functions and features that the trucks are getting now,” said Frank Bruneel, GM software engineer for towing technology in an interview with MC&T. “(The technology) will launch not necessarily across the board, but definitely over time you’re going to see the same trailering suite on (T1 SUV) as well.”

2021 GMC Sierra 2500 3500 HD Denali T1 Platform
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It makes sense. The full-size GM SUV family – consisting of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, 2021 GMC Yukon, 2021 Yukon Denali, and 2021 Cadillac Escalade – serve as highly functional multi-role vehicles that can aptly tow, haul cargo, and haul three rows of people. All at the same time, if the occasion calls for it. There’s another technology feature that vehicles like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 GMC Yukon possess: GM’s Global B electrical architecture.

While its cybersecurity continues to be a nightmare for the aftermarket, it nevertheless delivers processing power that’s 5x more powerful than the maxed-out Global A electrical architecture that the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra currently ride on. With Global B, customers can receive over-the-air updates on software systems, and even install new apps and features. This could increase the vehicle lifespan as a result, and would likely mean that there would eventually be even more improvements to GM’s towing suite.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban GM SUV T1 Platform
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While Bruneel did not elude to this exactly, he did confirm that the new towing technology in the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra is built on :the same electrical architecture from model year ’19.” Global A. That being the case, OTA updates are not going to be a possibility at first.

“We’re not there yet,” he said.

Even so, it’s easy to read the tea leaves, and get a good idea of where things are headed from a technology standpoint regarding the T1 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Because where eventually the T1 GM SUV family will get the towing tech of the trucks, the trucks will eventually get the Global B electrical architecture of the SUVs. Stay tuned to MC&T for ongoing developments.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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