It is no secret that most brand-new vehicles currently on sale offer up Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as standard. As a result, you don’t really have to do doubt whether or not you’ll have easy access to all of the media you’ll want to enjoy while out on the road. However, as we embrace this newer tech, other features such as the outdated CD Player have to go. A new report indicates that GM will do just that for one Chevrolet and one GMC model.
The report comes via GM Authority, covering the American carmaker’s latest efforts to ditch this now outdated feature. However, as you might imagine, few vehicles still offer it in the first place.
GM kills the CD Player option for all of its new cars
If you thought you could carry a case of CDs forever, GM has bad news. However, this news likely won’t affect most buyers since only two models currently offer a CD Player as an option. The first is the 2021 Chevrolet Express, and the second is its siling, the 2021 GMC Savana. However, this latest report by GM Authority claims that those will be the last ones ever produced. That’s because the American carmaker doesn’t plan to offer it for the 2022 model and beyond.
Is this a major drawback? not really. The Express and Savana sell in large numbers as commercial vehicles. As a result, the only folks affected by this will be those that utilize CDs while driving for work. However, if the rest of the industry is anything to go by, these vans will likely get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto eventually, providing all the connectivity you’ll ever need.
Many buyers lost this feature last year
While GM currently only offers a CD Player option in these small vans, that wasn’t the case last year. Until the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban offered it along with their siblings, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Even the luxurious Cadillac Escalade gave you the option of listening to your old CDs. However, that all changed with the arrival of the 2021 models and their subsequent re-designs.
While this might seem like an insignificant loss, GM Authority reports that multiple readers wrote in to complain about the lack of CD compatibility. This is likely because a surprising amount of owners still hadn’t moved on to Bluetooth or smartphone-based systems.
How long has GM been producing the Chevrolet and the GMC?
While GM plans to kill the CD Player option for its small cargo vans, these models are in desperate need of an overhaul. As far as new vehicles go, the Express is perhaps the oldest one you can still buy. That’s because the current-gen express can trace its roots to 1996. Despite receiving an update for the 2003 model year, it’s still technically the same van. As a result, it’ll need some help if it wants to keep up with the Ford Transit moving forward.