Last week, GM Authority reported that GM plans to offer the MultiPro tailgate on the Chevy Silverado under the MultiFlex (or Multi-Flex) brand. Now, we’ve managed to get our hands on the very first photos of a Silverado with the MultiFlex tailgate.
The tightly-cropped photo, sent to GM Authority by an anonymous source, shows the rear end of a regular fourth-gen Chevy Silverado in High Country trimmings. But looking closer reveals the presence of the multifunction tailgate currently offered on the GMC Sierra range, as evidenced by cut-lines identical to those of the MultiPro.
This sighting represents the first time we’ve seen a completely undisguised Chevy Silverado equipped with the MultiPro tailgate as well as the first time we’ve seen the Silverado 1500 (light duty) equipped with MultiPro, as prior sightings all featured a Silverado HD. Previously, we also noticed that the MultiPro tailgate was mentioned in the 2020 Silverado owner’s manual, despite the feature not being offered for the 2020 model year.
Additionally, it’s possible that GM will make a few improvements to the MultiFlex, such as including a new (seventh) position or by eliminating some of the limitations of the tailgate.
It’s also worth noting that the MultiFlex tailgate on the Chevy Silverado will carry the same QK2 RPO code as the MultiPro offered on the GMC Sierra.
As of this writing, we have reason to believe that the Chevy Silverado MultiFlex tailgate is planned for the 2021i (2021 interim) model year, though the COVID-19 pandemic could end up pushing those plans back to the 2022 model year. If delayed until the 2022 MY, then the tailgate’s introduction would coincide with the Silverado’s mid-cycle refresh that will also deliver a new interior – as originally reported by GM Authority.