Back in April, GM Authority was first to report on a new 2020 Silverado HD prototype spied with a funny-looking bit of cladding draped over the tailgate. In addition to the standard black-and-white body wrap treatment, which isn’t really noteworthy here, the extra cladding added to the rear piqued our interest. By the look of it, the extra bits in the rear appeared to be covering a new kind of tailgate. Naturally, we thought this could only mean one thing: evidence that the Silverado was next in line to receive the highly-flexible MultiPro tailgate first introduced with the GMC Sierra.
It made sense: after all, we had seen something similar on a 2019 GMC Sierra prototype prior to the official announcement of the MultiPro tailgate. And, with the overwhelmingly positive reception of the MultiPro, why wouldn’t GM add something similar to the Sierra’s pickup corporate sibling?
A few days after we spied the first prototype, we received unofficial confirmation that GM was indeed testing the MultiPro tailgate, or something very similar, on the Silverado HD. Our spy photographer managed to get up close and personal with the prototype testing the new gate, and managed to lift the rear cladding to uncover a segmented tailgate section. The jig, as they say, was up.
That was really exciting to us, given the highly functional tailgate is currently the exclusive domain of the GMC Sierra. Since its introduction, customers have heaped praise on the MultiPro tailgate, even though it can occasionally run into trouble with a ball hitch. Either way, it’s still a solid concept and incredible useful.
Unfortunately, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado came and went, and no Chevy-branded MutliPro tailgate appeared. However, that still leaves the upcoming 2021 model year as a possible candidate to receive the new segmented tailgate feature.
We believe that both the Silverado HD, consisting of the 2500HD and 3500HD models, as well as the Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup will receive the MultiPro tailgate. However, when Chevrolet does add it, it’ll likely come with a unique name, given the “MultiPro” nomenclature is very much a GMC branding exercise. The only question now is, when will the Sierra share the goods?