- chevrolet had said it was adding a multi-function tailgate to the silverado pickup for 2022; now it's been confirmed as available in early 2021.
- the tailgate is similar to the multipro feature on current-gen gmc sierra pickups.
- chevy promises more details about this and other features of the new silverado at a press conference on september 21.
chevrolet's rolling out a reskinned version of gmc's multipro tailgate in early 2021, and that's got to make chevy silverado owners happy. when the current-generation gmc sierra debuted with its unique swiss-army-knife-style tailgate for 2019, owners of the new silverado were most likely saddened at the prospect of never being able to enjoy such fancy tech on their own truck. after all, who doesn't want a tailgate that can fold, flop, flip up, and transform into a step?
for chevy, the tailgate has been dubbed multi-flex, and it will retain all the features of its gmc counterpart. in addition to going up and down—the latter of which can be done from the key fob—the versatile tailgate also has a secondary section that spans most of the width of the tailgate and extends to just above the bow-tie badge. that section can fold down while the tailgate is in an upright position to allow longer objects to be more easily accommodated and properly secured. an additional flap can be deployed on this inner gate to act as a load stop, too. when the tailgate and inner gate are both folded down, the inner gate can act as a step up into the bed or make for a good place to set and rest your feet.
with trucks becoming more luxurious and laden with tech features, even tailgates have to stand out from the pack. pretty much every brand has some sort of special tailgate technology, whether it's ram's clamshell-door tailgate or ford's workbench tailgate, and it's important for every brand to find small ways to differentiate itself in a highly competitive market. if nothing else, it's got to be a great conversation starter.