General Motors changed the game when it introduced the 2019 GMC Sierra, unveiling the new GMC MultiPro tailgate in the process. The MultiPro tailgate proved so popular, GM decided to introduce an identical feature for the Sierra’s corporate cousin, the Chevy Silverado. Naturally, the new tailgate would need a new name to help differentiate between the Chevrolet and GMC products, with the automaker eventually settling on “Multi-Flex.” However, the MultiFlex name isn’t entirely new – in fact, GM has used it before on something other than a tailgate.
As it turns out, the MultiFlex name was used a few years ago to refer to the sliding second-row seats in the second-generation Chevy Equinox and first-generation GMC Terrain. Considering the name, it should come as no surprise that the old MultiFlex Rear Seating system provided either additional cargo room, or additional legroom, as desired.
To operate the system, owners simply had to lift a release bar located under the rear bench seat cushion, allowing the rear bench to slide forward and backwards nearly eight inches. For more rear legroom, the seats could slide back, while more cargo room could be had by sliding the rear bench forward.
To recline the rear seat, the system included a lever located near the headrests. The same lever could be used to take advantage of the 60/40 rear seat split, providing even more rear cargo room when not carrying passengers on the rear bench.
These days, the MultiFlex name is associated with the multifunction tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado. Like its GMC counterpart, the Multi-Flex tailgate provides upwards of six different configurations, adding flexibility and functionality. These include lowering and raising of the Primary Gate, just like a traditional tailgate, as well as a Primary Gate Load Stop, a Foldable Inner Gate, a Full-Width Step, an Inner Gate Load Stop, and Inner Gate Work Surface.
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