“It started from a sort of Shark Tank-style idea pool,” said Roger Olle of GMC engineering. “We were tasked by our chief engineers to come up with an innovative way to address a customer need. Based on the clinics that we ran, we knew that the customer wanted help getting in and out of the vehicle more easily.”
“What we started with was a split tailgate, completely in half. And then it evolved into what you see today, with the extra step coming down,” said Olle.
The setup the team settled on features six different configurations, and in the process offers easier access into the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 truck bed, second-tier loading, and load-stop stabilization solutions. The MultiPro tailgate also doubles as a standing workstation. From what Olle and company claim, the design is optimized and more useful than other solutions.
“We did look at a bunch of different options… we didn’t want to do a barn door because you can’t package it well with a step,” he said. “We wanted the step to be the first priority, and we wanted to ensure it would perform the same as a standard tailgate. We didn’t want to sacrifice anything in terms of functionality.”
Olle says that the MultiPro tailgate is the most extensively tested tailgate GM has ever developed. Moreover, it’s opened the door for what’s possible when it comes to recreational activities.
“Another whole ‘Shark Tank’ session on bed accessories… we have accessory lighting that we’ve added to the steps that illuminates with the cargo lighting, we have bluetooth speakers coming out that can be inside of the gate, we have T-bar slots that are going in as another accessory.”
The GMC team hinted that there are more bed accessories to come, but remained hushed on further details. But if you were hoping for a bed-mounted deer-blind, unfortunately that’s not happening. It’s still illegal to hunt deer from the comfort of one’s pickup truck.