For those who may be out of the loop, we’ve been breaking the story of the Chevrolet Silverado with the GMC Sierra MultiPro tailgate for months. Most recently, we wondered when the 2020 Silverado will get the trick new tailgate. And now, we’ve received further proof that we’re on the right track.
The latest confirmation comes to us courtesy of the official Chevrolet owner’s manual for the 2020 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD. Over on page 32, there’s a section on operation of the “MultiPro Tailgate,” which shows an illustration of the same multi-segmented tailgate feature offered on the current GMC Sierra.
The section includes instructions on how to operate the tailgate using the RKE (Remote Keyless Entry) transmitter. As of this writing, the 2020 Silverado HD does not offer such a feature, nor has it been announced. But this sighting surely looks like a hint of things to come.
This revelation follows previous spy shots we exclusively reported on back in April that show a 2020 Silverado HD prototype out on public roads with some thick cladding on its hind quarters, similar to a 2019 GMC Sierra prototype we spied just prior to the introduction of the MultiPro tailgate. Follow-up spy shots revealed exactly what we expected under the Silverado’s rear camo.
Finding this entry in the 2020 Silverado owner’s manual is about as close as we will get to an official confirmation without actually getting one. It’s also worth noting that it appears as though Chevrolet will keep the “MultiPro” nomenclature for the tailgate in question first established with the GMC Sierra, which was originally believed to be the exclusive domain of the Silverado’s corporate cousin. Now, it looks like the two GM brands are gonna have to share.
This definitely leaves us eager to learn when, exactly, the 2020 Silverado will gain the new tailgate. But given the information can found in the 2020 Silverado owner’s manual, we’re lead to believe that the MultiPro tailgate will be offered for the 2020 interim (2020i) model year.
We’re also happy to see the 2020 Silverado finally finally get the expanded functionality it deserves, especially after the latest model year’s debut was made sans a MultiPro rear end.
That said, we wonder if the MultiPro will be made available solely on the Silverado HD models, or whether the Silverado 1500 will also get it. The owner’s manual for the 2020 Silverado 1500 is currently not available.
Hat tip to GMA reader Bryan.