Chevrolet Has Big Truckin' News - A New Tailgate Awaits

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

I spent the first part of this morning out of the office, putting miles on a test car before it went home. When I returned to my desk and caught up on emails, I saw one from Chevy PR labeled as a teaser for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado news.

I found myself excited. Not just because news about upcoming product is often exciting, but because perhaps Chevy was addressing our biggest complaint about its trucks – the interior. We’re not the only group of scribes to hammer the trucks’ cabins for being nice enough but well behind the times, and I even heard a while back that we’d see updated cockpits in the various Silverado trims soon.

Alas, when I opened the email, I saw it was about a different part of the truck – the tailgate. Apparently, Chevy has plans to introduce the Multi-Flex tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado.

Details are sparse, but a video shows that the tailgate has six configurations, and it’s a safe bet it will be very similar to the MultiPro offered on the GMC Sierra.

That means the tailgate will be able to be used as a bed extender, or a step, or a load stopper.

We’ll know more next week, when Chevy makes it all clear to us. We’ll know what six functions it has, and hopefully what trims/models it will be available on and perhaps even a price.

Still haven’t fixed that interior, though.

[Image/Video: Chevrolet]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Sep 16, 2020

    Now if they would only make one to fit my current Colorado.

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    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Sep 17, 2020

      @Luke42 GM absolutely "backports"...and are honestly among the best of the OEMs for this and always have been. They went to the trouble of developing a timing cover with provision for a distributor so you could run a modern Gen 3 (LS) small block in whatever old GM product you owned. They have been excellent about making streamlined engine and transmission control packages available to get modern powertrains in old vehicles at reasonable cost (Yeah, not always cheap, but go price that sort of thing for your Ford or MOPAR). Aftermarket audio? That has always been a thing. Nobody has ever made features available in the manner you describe. I am no GM fan, but if there is anything I envy as a Ford fan it is how easy they make it to put their modern powertrains in older bodies. Nobody does it better. Do you think when you get that electric truck that if the next generation has some trick tailgate like this yours doesn't that Tesla/Rivian/Whoever is going to "backport" it for you? Once again, a domestic automaker gets held to some stupid standard we don't apply to others.

  • Ajla Ajla on Sep 16, 2020

    I personally love the stairsgate but anecdotally a lot of my truck owning friends scoff at it.

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 17, 2020

      @highdesertcat Don't worry. The aftermarket will come to your (emotional) rescue. Yes long before GM cares to. The aftermarket has the resources and drive to improve upon and outclass the OEMs (for less), now that the Genie has left the bottle.

  • DenverMike DenverMike on Sep 16, 2020

    How did we ever manage before this stuff? I'll keep on managing I guess. I'm too much in love with base trucks and can still climb mountains. But GM sure flipped after ridiculing "The Man Step" incessantly. Also did GM mention this tailgate is made from that crazy expensive and insanely rare material called "Aluminum"?

  • Whynotaztec Whynotaztec on Sep 17, 2020

    GM truck re-designs usually grow on me over time.........still waiting on this one.