After a global microchip shortage forced GM to remove wireless smartphone charging from its newest SUVs, the company has decided to stop offering it to consumers altogether. This follows the company’s recent removal of HD radio, auto start-stop, and fuel management modules from some pickup trucks and SUVs. What’s the current state of GM’s wireless phone charging program? Does it seem that wireless charging will be available again?
2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban are perfect examples of full-size SUVs. The engine in the Tahoe returns the same torque as a gas V8 but at lower rpm. The vehicle also features a new Android Automotive infotainment system, air suspension, and magnetic dampers. Besides being one of the best-selling SUVs in the country, the Suburban is also a top-rated family vehicle.
The exterior of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban has been thoroughly redesigned. The new model will come with an independent rear suspension and a wider range of engine options. The 2020 Tahoe and Suburban are expected to be larger and more luxurious than their predecessors. GM has already begun receiving lawsuits from consumers who claim that the wireless charging devices cause their cars to malfunction and fail to deliver the promised power.
2021 GMC Yukon
A 2021 GMC Yukon Wireless Car Charges lawsuit is seeking a credit of up to $75 for those who purchased wireless car chargers with their vehicles. In the case of the Yukon, the problem has been noted in some models since July 2021. The company is under investigation by the NHTSA for a possible airbag malfunction. Many Yukon owners complained that the airbag malfunction indicator does not illuminate and that the faulty airbags increase their risk of injury.
The lawsuit aims to hold GM accountable for failing to meet customer demands and to fix a global semiconductor shortage. The GM Yukon and Tahoe will no longer be equipped with wireless phone charging. Additionally, the Yukon XL and Cadillac XT5s will not have the wireless phone charging feature. As a result, the plaintiffs are seeking a credit of $75 MSRP for each of these vehicles.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
The alleged wireless car charging defect is a central component of a lawsuit filed against GM in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade Wireless Car Charges Lawsuit. The electrical system within the Escalade is defective and could cause it to run hot and fail to start. A lawsuit has also been filed against the company for causing the Escalade to have a shaky drive shaft.
The 2020 Cadillac Escalade is a three-row luxury SUV that seats seven passengers. The third row can be made even more spacious with an optional bench seat. The vehicle features independent suspension, which enhances the comfort of rear seat passengers and cargo space. The Escalade also features a lower floor in the third row, which makes for a more natural seating position. In addition, the Escalade offers ample passenger room and features an almost digital dashboard with three separate displays. A new Super Cruise feature was also introduced for 2021. It is a semi-autonomous driving feature that requires the driver to intervene with the system.
2021 Buick Enclave
The GM Wireless Car Charger has been a subject of lawsuits against other car makers, including Ford and Toyota. However, the Enclave was designed for drivers who want affordable luxury. The Enclave’s standard Driver Confidence Plus package comes with nine active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, IntelliBeam Auto High Beams, and the Safety-Alert Seat. The safety-alert seat pulses the side of the driver to identify potential crash direction.
The Buick Enclave was once positioned between mainstream Chevrolet and luxury Cadillac models. Despite this, the company isn’t doing much to distinguish Enclave from its competitors. Despite Enclave’s reputation as a comfortable luxury SUV, its redesigned cabin is more about spaciousness and comfort than sharp driving dynamics. Natural Resources Canada rates the Enclave at 11.8 liters per 100 kilometers (MPG), and our tester averaged 12.3 L/100 km on a winter road trip. Compared to the 2021 Enclave, the 2021 Buick Enclave has been lowered by $1300.