The Multi-Flex tailgate will be offered as a late availability option on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, so those hoping to dash to the nearest dealer and place an order for a Multi-Flex-equipped pickup will have to wait until early next year to do so. This confirms our previous report indicating a version of MultiPro would arrive on the Silverado and that it would be available for the 2021i (2021 interim) model year. GM didn’t keep the secret very well, however, with spy photographers catching Silverado prototypes equipped with the innovative multi-position tailgate testing in Michigan.
Just like the MultiPro, the Multi-Flex tailgate has six different positions. The example images below show a GMC Sierra MultiPro tailgate, but don’t be confused – the Chevrolet Silverado Multi-Flex system will work in the exact same way. Let’s take a look at the six different positions the tailgate offers:
1. Primary Gate
The regular position with the tailgate lowered.
2. Primary Gate Load Stop
The load stop adds an extra layer of convenience to the tailgate, helping to prevent items from sliding out of the box when driving.
3. Foldable Inner Gate For Easy Access
The inner gate of the tailgate can also fold down, giving the user easy access to the bed when loading and unloading items.
4. Full-Width Step
With a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg), the tailgate’s inner step gives the user an easy way to step up into the truck’s box. Two buttons on the tailgate handle allow the inner gate to release easily.
5. Inner Gate Load Stop
There’s also an additional load stop in the inner gate, which can help prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
6. Inner Gate Work Surface
This the inner gate opened, the tailgate serves as a convenient work surface. This could also be useful when tailgating or hanging around the truck with friends.
General Motors will provide more updates on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado on September 21st, at which point we’ll also likely get more information on the Multi-Flex tailgate and which Silverado trim levels it will be available on. The video embedded below also provides a more in-depth look at the Multi-Flex tailgate system.