The 2020 Silverado 1500 represents the second model year of the Silverado full-size, half-ton pickup truck. The bread-and-butter model, which also happens to be Chevy’s best-seller, offers a total of four different tailgates, which we are exploring in this GM Authority Deep Dive. So, without further ado, here are the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado tailgate choices, and their respective availability.
The four 2020 Silverado tailgate choices all look the same, but feature varying functionalities, such as “EZ Lift”, power lock and release, and/or a power up/down function.
Here are the descriptions of the tailgate options, as well as their RPO Codes (in parenthesis):
- Manual gate function (QT2)
- Manual gate function with EZ lift (QT3)
- Manual gate function with EZ lift, power lock and release (QT5)
- Power up/down gate function with power lock and release (QT6)
2020 Chevrolet Silverado tailgate availability is trim level dependent. The table below lists the standard and available tailgates across the entire lineup.
|Work Truck||Silverado Custom||Silverado Custom Trail Boss||LT||RST||LT Trail Boss||LTZ||High Country|
|Standard Tailgate Function||Manual, no EZ Lift||Manual, no EZ Lift||Manual, no EZ Lift||Manual with EZ Lift||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Power gate with power lock|
|Available Tailgate Function||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock||–||–||Power gate with power lock||Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock|
- QT2 – manual gate function
- QT3 – manual gate function with EZ lift
- QT5 – manual gate function with EZ lift, power lock and release
- QT6 – power up/down gate function with power lock and release
The three entry-level models (Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss) feature the base QT2 tailgate. The LT model gets upgraded to the QT3 tailgate as standard. RST, LT Trail Boss and LTZ all get the QT5 tailgate, while the range-topping 2020 Silverado 1500 High Country gets the “fully-loaded” QT6 tailgate.
Meanwhile, the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss and LT all offer the QT5 tailgate as an option, as does the High Country – for those who don’t want a power tailgate. Meanwhile, the LTZ offers the range-topping QT6 tailgate.
There are also several other exceptions to 2020 Chevrolet Silverado tailgate availability, as follows:
- Work Truck:
- Optional tailgate is included and only available with WT Convenience Package
- Standard tailgate is deleted when pickup bed delete is ordered
- Silverado Custom: optional tailgate is included and only available with Custom Convenience Package
- Silverado Custom Trail Boss: optional tailgate is included and only available with Custom Convenience Package
- LT: optional tailgate is included and only available with Convenience Package
Four tailgate options on one truck may seem excessive to some, but the variety enables Chevy to offer a product that is relevant to a broad range of customers and at different price points. This is rather critical in the ultra-competitive pickup truck segment, wherein a versatile model lineup that appeals to many different customer profiles is absolutely necessary.
Meanwhile, the rumored GMC MultiPro tailgate (or its equivalent for Chevrolet) is nowhere to be seen, at least for the 2020 model year. Perhaps it will join the lineup for the 2021 Silverado, which will deliver several new features and updates.
We’ll be taking a look a closer look at the tailgate lineup for all other full-size GM pickup trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD, so stay tuned and subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.