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.