The 2021 Silverado 1500 also benefits from better tow ratings and new features

Chevrolet is here with a versatile tailgate of its own called the Multi-Flex tailgate. As expected, it is carried over as it is from the GMC trucks and given a new name. These tailgates certainly have an extra advantage over the simple ones that don’t offer any other function except for opening and closing. However, the Multi-Flex tailgate wasn’t the only news here; the 2021 models will come with some new standard features and better tow ratings.

Multi-Flex Tailgate Will Add Extra Utility

As mentioned earlier, the Multi-Flex tailgate is the same as the MultiPro tailgate that GMC equips on the Sierra 1500.

Apart from opening as a conventional tailgate, it can work as a standing desk or can be folded down to create a step in the bed as well. While it isn’t the barn-door style gate Ram has, it still essentially is a two-tailgate setup. It can be activated at a push of a button on the tailgate itself – one for each gate – or the key fob. It also has a primary gate and inner gate load stops.

It can withstand up to 375 pounds, same as the MultiPro tailgate.

It gets even better when combined with the Durabed that features better cargo space, LED lighting, a 120-volt outlet, and 12 fixed tie-downs.

What Else Is New On The 2021 Silverado 1500?

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The towing capacity is increased on every configuration. The Crew Cab Short Box models equipped with the 2.7-liter engine see an increase of 2,500 pounds and now come with a maximum rating of 9,300 pounds in the two-wheel-drive layout. The Long Box model with the same engine can tow up to 9,600 pounds and haul up to 2,280 pounds when powering just two wheels.

Almost all the models with the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel under the hood see a 1,900-pound increase in the towing capacity.

This means the two-wheel-drive configuration trucks can now tow up to 9,500 pounds. To make this deal even sweeter, all models powered by this engine receive a price cut of $1,500.

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Some other stuff that’s new on the 2021 model year trucks include:

  • Trailer length indicator that shows an overlay of the truck and two-lengths of the trailer on the center console screen when changing lanes.
  • Jack-knife alert
  • Cargo Bed Zoom View and Bed Hitch Guidance
  • Rear trailer view and rear side view
  • Three new exterior colors – Mosaic Black Metallic, Oxford Brown Metallic, Cherry Red Tincoat
  • New packages - All-Star Edition Plus, Texas Edition Plus, and LTZ Premium Texas Edition
  • Some features that were optional on the 2020 model are now standard on a few trims for the 2021 model Silverados

Final Thoughts

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We aren’t complaining really, but if GM had to equip the same tailgate without any changes really, why did it have to wait till the 2021 model? Anyway, now that it’s here, people planning to buy the truck in the coming months will be happy. Production of the 2021 Silverado 1500 will begin this month and will arrive at the dealerships in the fall of this year.

Do you think GM should’ve increased the weight capacity of this tailgate, considering Ram’s MultiFunction tailgate can withstand up to 2,000 pounds? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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2021 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 ADDS NEW MULTI-FLEX TAILGATE AND TRAILERING ENHANCEMENTS

The available six-function tailgate is the most capable in Silverado’s history

DETROIT — The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a truckload of new mechanical and technological updates, including the addition of an available Multi-Flex Tailgate, impressive trailering capacity and enhanced tech.

Increased Tailgate and Bed Functionality
The Multi-Flex Tailgate offers Silverado customers six unique functions, allowing for easier access to bed cargo, enhanced loading solutions and a standing workstation. With a weight capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg), different configurations for the Multi-Flex Tailgate activate using a key fob or two tailgate-mounted buttons, one for the full gate and another for the second-tier loading and storage options. Combined with the Silverado Durabed – featuring impressive cargo space, LED lighting, a 120-volt outlet and 12 fixed tie-downs – Multi-Flex makes the 2021 model the most functional and capable Silverado ever. The Multi-Flex Tailgate will be available in early 2021 on all new Silverado 1500 models.

Improved Trailering Capability on Silverado’s Most Efficient Engine Options
Chevrolet has long been one of the leaders in trailering, providing the power and the technology to instill customer confidence while towing1. The 2021 Silverado will feature increased conventional trailering capability for two of its most efficient engines, compared to the 2020 model year.

The 2.7L Turbo adds thousands of pounds of trailering capacity to every configuration. The popular Crew Cab Short Box model increases its rating by 2,500 pounds to a max capacity of 9,300 pounds in two-wheel drive. A newly available Regular Cab Long Box model provides the maximum 2.7L tow rating of 9,600 pounds and ups Silverado’s overall max payload to 2,280 pounds in 2WD.
The 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel adds an additional 1,900 pounds of trailering capacity to nearly every configuration and provides the maximum capacity of 9,500 pounds to 2WD models. The 3.0L Duramax engine also receives a $1,500 MSRP price reduction for 2021 models, so customers benefit from both increased towing capacity and industry-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg highway in 2WD at a great value.
Chevrolet is confident these engines meet or exceed most trailering needs, as 96 percent of light-duty pickup owners tow less than 10,000 pounds, according to data from MaritzCX an InMoment Company. Additional testing and validation revealed the 2.7L Turbo possesses better-than-expected cooling performance, while the 3.0L Duramax improvements are attributed to the better-than-expected rear axle durability. Chevrolet engineers recertified both engines to the SAE J2807 standard with impressive results. A full list of trailering specifications can be found here.

Enhanced Trailering Technology for Additional Views and Confidence
The latest generation Silverado planted its flag at launch by offering up to 15 unique camera views2 – the most of any competitor – to help make trailering simpler. Now, 2021 models will up the ante and offer new or enhanced trailering technology, including:

Trailer Length Indicator (new for 2021): When making a lane-change maneuver with the turn signal activated, a red overlay twice the length of the compatible trailer is shown on the center console screen, which can help show when other vehicles are present.
Jack-Knife Alert (new for 2021): Tracks the position of the compatible trailer in relation to the vehicle and provides an alert if a potential jack-knife situation is imminent.
Cargo Bed View enhancement (new for 2021): Cargo Bed Zoom View and Bed Hitch Guidance are now available, which help to align and hook up a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer.
Rear Trailer View now features guidelines and Trailer-Angle Indicator: Enhanced to include assisting guidelines when backing a compatible trailer into place and a Trailer-Angle Indicator shows the relationship between the truck and trailer3.
Rear Side View enhancement: Provides a split view, automatically biased based on the trailer’s angle, of the left and right sides of the truck and compatible trailer. This view was previously only available while driving forward and is now available in Reverse for better visibility when positioning a trailer.
More Available and Standard Equipment
The 2021 Silverado 1500 adds more customer-friendly content at all price points to an already compelling truck lineup, including:

Custom and Custom Trail Boss are now standard with Custom Convenience Package and Infotainment Package, which include EZ Lift power lock and release tailgate, bed LED cargo area lighting, remote start, available SiriusXM radio4, available OnStar5 and more.
Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss now offer 40/20/40 split-bench front seat and a new Safety Confidence Package (late availability), which includes Forward Collision Alert6, Automatic Emergency Braking6, Front Pedestrian Braking6, steering wheel audio controls and 4.2-inch driver information center.
Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss are now available with 20-inch black wheels with Goodyear Territory MT Tires (late availability).
LT and RST now come standard with the All Star Edition content, which includes the Convenience Package, Trailering Package and an auto-locking rear differential.
LTZ now comes standard with the LTZ Convenience Package, Safety Package6 and 20-inch polished wheels.
Wireless phone projection through Apple CarPlay7 and Android Auto8 capability is standard on LTZ and High Country and available on LT, LT Trail Boss and RST.
A first for Chevrolet, Adaptive Ride Control is now available on High Country models with 22-inch wheels to provide enhanced ride comfort.
New available packages – All Star Edition Plus, Texas Edition Plus and LTZ Premium Texas Edition – add additional convenience and safety content onto already popular models.
Three new exterior colors are available:
Mosaic Black Metallic (late availability)
Oxford Brown Metallic
Cherry Red Tintcoat (available at extra charge)
The 2021 Silverado 1500 will begin production in September and arrive at Chevrolet dealerships throughout fall 2020.

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