GM’s Super Cruise lineup upgrade hits its largest SUVs first
The General Motors Super Cruise is, in every way, near (or at) the top of the Advanced Driver Assistance System pecking order. It achieves its capability and balance through geofencing, which means it can only be used on specific GM-approved highways. When the company announced that it was doubling its geo-fenced area, allowing hands-free access to “more than 400,000 miles” of US roads, it seemed like a major boon for road-trippers across the country. But now there seems to be a catch.
GM’s Super Cruise expansion is slowly unfolding and begins with a single chassis: the GMT T1XX platform. Specifically, high-end versions of full-size SUVs manufactured on or after October 32022. This means the High Country or Premier versions of the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the Denali Ultimate version of the 2023 GMC Yukon and all versions of the 2023 Cadillac Escalade.
After those four, the list will slowly expand to other GM vehicles “in the coming months” through over-the-air updates. GM did not specify a date when all vehicles would have access to the updated mapping, or did it indicate the order in which these vehicles would have access – or why the initial release was limited to these specific SUVs. .
The specific limitation here is strange. Super Cruise was first launched as a Cadillac exclusive, before trickling down to more pedestrian brands. By reserving this update to a specific platform, rather than a specific brand, it plays into a narrative that GM has long worked to avoid – that its brands are mere engineering works of badges of the same model.
Buyers looking to get their hands on this model, in any of its badge-differentiated trim levels, should look to “mid-November” to see their cars start arriving in dealerships. If you bought your car before then, be sure that you will get the update eventually.