Chevrolet Silverado Multi-Flex Tailgate: Here It Is

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
chevrolet silverado multi flex tailgate here it is

Chevrolet teased it last week, and now it’s here: The Multi-Flex tailgate that will be available on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado.

In other news, towing capacity is upgraded.

No word on a new interior, though.

The Multi-Flex can be operated via the key fob or two buttons on the tailgate itself, and it offers six configurations/functions. It can hold up to 375 pounds. The six functions are: standard tailgate, load stop (both for the main gate and an inner load stop), bed step, fold-down for longer reach, and work surface. Multi-Flex will be available across the lineup.

Meanwhile, towing capacity for the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is increased to a max of 9,300 lbs with two-wheel drive and the crew-cab short box, which is a 2,500-lb jump. Regular cab long-box 2WD models increase to 9,600 lbs, with the maximum payload going to 2,280 lbs.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel adds 1,900 lbs of towing capacity across most configurations, with a max of 9,500 lbs for two-wheel drive models. The price for this engine drops by $1,500.

New tech that helps with trailering include a trailer-length indicator that helps the driver determine if other cars are present, a jack-knife alert that is meant to warn drivers before they jack-knife their trailer, a camera that zooms on the cargo bed, a system that helps guide a hitch into place, camera guidelines to help when backing up to a trailer, and a split view of the sides of the trailer while reversing.

Other changes include new standard features (varying by trim) and new options packages, as well as three new exterior colors.

Production begins this month and the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado goes on sale this fall.

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  • Akear Akear on Sep 22, 2020

    GM used to produce quality products now they are interested in gimmicks like this.

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Sep 29, 2020

    That's really clever! But how 'bout you just go back to two body heights -- normal height for normal people, and jacked-up height for the 4x4 poser edition -- instead of the "everyone gets poser height" approach? Then maybe we could get into the bed without steps. I kinda like the European pickup approach: trucks with low load height, a flatbed, and dropsides all the way around. A flip-down ramp you could dolly the ol' washing machine or whatever down would be even cooler, like the old Corvair Rampside. If utility were the issue, we'd all be driving decommisioned U-Haul box vans though.

  • Cprescott I remember when Fords were affordable.
  • Cprescott As a once very LOYAL FORD buyer, I had to replace my 22 year old Ford (bought new in 1997) once it finally started to have problems at 180k miles. I would have gladly purchased something like this from Ford but they abandoned me as a car buyer. Oddly, Hyundai still builds cars in a variety of flavors so I became a customer of theirs and am very happy. Likely will consider another once this one gets up in mileage.
  • SCE to AUX A friend once struck a mounted tire that was laying flat in the middle of her lane on the PA Turnpike. She was in a low late-90s Grand Prix, and the impact destroyed the facia, core support, radiators, oil pan, transmission, subframe, and suspension. They fixed it all.
  • Dukeisduke Lol, it's not exactly a Chevrolet SS with Holden badging.
  • Dukeisduke Years ago, I was driving southbound along North Central Expressway (south of Mockingbird Lane, for locals), and watched a tire and wheel fall out of the bed of a pickup (no tailgate), bounce along, then centerpunch the front end of a Honda Accord. It wasn't pretty.