In August, GM announced it had doubled the size of the network of roads available to its Super Cruise hands-free driving feature. Joining the options list in 2017, Super Cruise had been limited to divided interstate highways in the U.S. and Canada. The expansion opened 200,000 miles of additional divided interstate highway as well as major, undivided highways. Both coasts benefit, but there will be a lot more relaxing motoring on the East Coast especially. North of the border, six of the 10 Canadian provinces add enabled roads.
Problem is, no GM vehicles have been able to take advantage of the boon. That changes this month, the automaker saying four of its full-size SUVs in specific trims are first in line to make use of the expansion. The SUVs are:
- 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier and High Country
- 2023 Chevrolet Suburban Premier and High Country
- 2023 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade-V
- 2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate
The vehicles need to have been built on or after October 3, 2022, a production timeline GM says should put the first examples in customer hands this month. The least expensive way to get into Super Cruise is with the two-wheel drive, $77,625 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier with the 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel and the Advanced Technology Package.
Vehicles that use the GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform electrical architecture and already have Super Cruise will receive an over-the-air update “in the coming months” to access the new roads, at no cost to owners. Since other products like the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, Chevrolet Silverado, and GMC Sierra work with the VIP platform as well, they probably aren’t far away from the extra capability and they’ll bring a lower financial bar to entry.