Currently, the Chevy Silverado offers several tailgate options. All tailgates come in the form of a regular a regular drop-down unit, while a multi-function unit is notably absent. But following the debut of the innovative MultiPro tailgate on the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra, it’s become increasingly clear that Chevrolet will offer its own version of the feature on the Chevy Silverado. Now, GM Authority has learned how the new tailgate will make its way to market.
First and foremost, Chevy’s new multi-function tailgate could wear the Multi-Flex brand (potentially spelled MultiFlex). That name is the front-runner among a handful of names being considered by the Bow Tie brand. It’s also worth noting that GM initially applied the Multi-Flex name in 2003, albeit in conjunction for naming seats for motor vehicles.
GM Authority can also report that the new Chevy Silverado tailgate feature – whatever it may be called – is planned for the 2021i (2021 interim) model year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic could end up pushing those launch plans back to the 2022 model year to coincide with the Silverado’s mid-cycle refresh, which will also deliver a new interior – as originally reported by GMA.
We’ve covered the topic of a multi-function Silverado tailgate at length over the last few years, showing you various Chevy Silverado HD prototypes testing with Chevrolet’s version of the MultiPro tailgate. We also noticed the feature being mentioned in the 2020 Silverado owner’s manual, despite the feature not being offered for the 2020 model year.
GM Authority has also heard whispers that the Chevy Multi-Flex tailgate could be differentiated from the GMC MultiPro via a new feature or position. However, it’s also possible that the MultiPro tailgate will be updated to have the new feature, thereby bringing feature parity to both tailgates.
As a reminder, the MultiPro tailgate offers flexibility and added functionality via six configurations, including second-tier loading, load-stop, a standing workstation, a drop-down center piece for easier access to the box, and a box step. It also has the ability to integrate a set of Kicker speakers with Bluetooth function.
Rest assured, we’ll have plenty more about the Chevy Silverado’s upcoming Multi-Flex tailgate. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.