US models feature increased use of automatic braking systems

GM, Ford and Chrysler add advanced equipment to new models



Cadillac ATS
Cadillac ATS

 Reported below is feature availability on new models (new and fully-remodeled passenger cars and light trucks) released for sale in the U.S. by GM, Ford and Chrysler in and after August 2012. Equipment that has been increasingly adopted includes the active grille shutters for enhanced fuel efficiency, the driver knee airbags, the automatic braking systems, the active park assists which steers the vehicle into the parking space, the active noise controls to cancel the noise with the counteractive sound waves, and the customer configurable instrument clusters.

Advanced equipment made available by GM, Ford and Chrysler in their new models launched in the US in and after August 2012

Driving performance
(including fuel efficiency)
Roll stability control Ford C-Max, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Active grille shutter Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac ATS, Ford C-Max
Collision safety Driver knee airbag Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Spark, Buick Encore,
Cadillac ATS, Lincoln MKZ, Ford C-Max,
Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT Viper
Side airbags for rear outboard
seating positions
All GM models, Jeep Cherokee
Driving/parking assist Crash-imminent braking Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac ATS, Jeep Cherokee
Active park assist Lincoln MKZ, Ford C-Max, Jeep Cherokee
Visibility Automatic high beam control Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Adaptive forward lighting Cadillac ATS, Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Comfort/convenience Active noise control Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Impala,
Buick Encore, Lincoln MKZ
Configurable instrument cluster Cadillac ATS, Lincoln MKZ,
Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT Viper
Related Reports:
Features on new Japanese models (Jul. 2013), Equipment on new European models (1) (Oct. 2012), (2) (Oct. 2012)
Features on new Hyundai/Kia vehicles (Sep. 2012)