After a healthy dose of rumors, GM officially announced in September that it will offer the multi-function Multi-Flex tailgate on the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck. And now, GM Authority has learned when Multi-Flex will be available to order and when production will start.
Sources familiar with GM’s go-to-market plans tell GMA that ordering for the Chevy Silverado 1500 opened on Thursday December 17th. However, Chevy Silverado 1500 trucks equipped with the Multi-Flex tailgate will not be seen on the road until well into next year, since production is scheduled to begin in February.
The Multi-Flex tailgate, which is identical to the GMC MultiPro tailgate except for the brand name, consists of an aluminum tailgate made of two separate pieces called the primary gate and the inner gate. These can be configured in in six ways, the inner gate being capable of acting as a work surface or a load step. Chevrolet also offers the option of a built-in Bluetooth-connected speaker for customers who want to listen to music while they work (or play) at the back of the truck.
GM’s GMC brand was first to market with the multi-function tailgate under the MultiPro moniker on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. It was developed in what GM engineer Roger Olle described during an April 2018 interview with GM Authority as “a sort of Shark Tank style pool.”
“We were tasked by our chief engineers to come up with an innovative way to address a customer need. Based on the clinics that we ran, we knew that the customer wanted help getting in and out of the vehicle more easily,” Olle told us.
The Chevy Multi-Flex tailgate can be optioned to any of the eight 2021 Silverado 1500 trims, from the entry-level Work Truck to the range-topping High Country, and anywhere in between.