GMC MultiPro Tailgate
Minimizing effort and maximizing achievement, MultiPro is both flexible and functional. It combines traditional tailgate functionality with five new positions:
- Tailgate load stop for carrying long items
- Enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions
- A standing workstation
- Easier access to items in the box
- A step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, offers both step and seated functionality
The GMC MultiPro tailgate offers the following six positions.
1. Primary Gate Access
The primary gate is identical to that found in a traditional tailgate. It can be opened using the power release button on the key fob, from inside the truck or from a button on the actual tailgate.
2. Primary Gate Load Stop
The primary gate load stop helps prevent items from sliding out of the box. It requires the primary gate to be open.
3. Foldable Inner Gate For Easy Access
The inner gate folds down for easy access when loading and unloading the box.
4. Full-Width Step
The inner gate folds into a large step for easy entry and exit from the box. It has a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg). An assist handle extends from the driver’s-side of the box, enabling easier entry.
5. Inner Gate Load Stop
The inner gate includes a load stop to help prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
6. Inner Gate Work Surface
Opening the inner gate outward provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading ability.
In addition to the six tailgate positions, the GMC MultiPro also offers a built-in speaker as an official GMC accessory. The Bluetooth-connected speaker is housed in the two outboard sections of the mid-gate, while one of the inside panels provides controls for sound.
Availability & Cost
|2019 GMC Sierra 1500||N/A||N/A||N/A||S||S||S|
|2020 GMC Sierra 1500||N/A||N/A||A1||S||S||S|
|2020 GMC Sierra HD||A2||A3||Trim N/A||S||S||S|
|2021 GMC Sierra 1500||N/A||A4||A5||S||S||S|
|2021 GMC Sierra HD||A||S||Trim N/A||S||S||S|
- A – Available
- N/A – Not Available
- S – Standard
- 1 – Requires Crew Cab Model; upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $445
- 2 – Requires Convenience Package; upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $1,755, including cost of Convenience Package
- 3 – Requires SLE Convenience Package or ProGrade Trailering System; upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $2,420 with SLE Convenience Package or $710 with Prograde Trailering System
- 4 – Upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $445
- 5 – Upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $445
- 6 – Requires Convenience Package; upgrade cost from regular tailgate is $1,755, including cost of Convenience Package
|Hummer EV2||Hummer EV2X||Hummer EV3X||Hummer EV Edition 1|
- S – Standard
The MultiPro tailgate is built using aluminum.
The MultiPro tailgate is operated via a touchpad with two buttons, located at the center of the tailgate just above the GMC logo. The top button releases the upper part of the tailgate, while the bottom button drops the entire tailgate.
Operating the tailgate:
- If the tailgate is dropped normally, pulling on the upper portion activates the load stop for longer cargo (Position #5 above).
- While the entire tailgate is down, pressing the top button folds down the upper portion, allowing one to stand even closer to the box itself for easier loading or unloading (Position #3 above).
Additionally, the tailgate can be activated via the key fob.
Opting for the MultiPro tailgate means that owners must forego the power-operated tailgate.
Separately, the MultiPro has been criticized for hitting an attached hitch when primary tailgate is opened and the inner gate is dropped.
As GM Authority has uncovered, MultiPro originated as a result of an internal competition within GM engineers.
“It started from a sort of Shark Tank-style idea pool,” GM engineer, Roger Olle, told GM Authority in an interview. “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.”
Management seemed to love the idea, but the GMC MultiPro tailgate didn’t begin with the setup that debuted on the 2019 Sierra 1500.
“What we started with was a split tailgate, completely in half. And then it evolved into what you see today, with the extra step coming down,” said Olle.
“We did look at a bunch of different options… we didn’t want to do a barn door because you can’t package it well with a step. We wanted the step to be the first priority, and we wanted to ensure it would perform the same as a standard tailgate. We didn’t want to sacrifice anything in terms of functionality.”
According to GM, the MultiPro tailgate delivers proven strength and durability, having undergone more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history.
For the 2021 model year, GM’s Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a version of the GMC MultiPro tailgate, where it’s called Multi-Flex.