Chevrolet has just found a way to make a pick-up truck's tailgate do more than just close the bed. For the 2021 Silverado 1500, they introduced the Multi-Flex Tailgate... basically, a tailgate that can fold down... twice.
Available as an option on the refreshed pick-up truck, it features six unique functions, enhanced loading solutions, and provides easier access to the cargo bed. Owners will be able to use the tailgate as a workbench, a makeshift bed step with a 170kg capacity, as well as safely carry long loads out the back. Paired with the Durabed option, and pick-up truck owners will also have access to power outlets, rear-mounted LED lights, and 12 fixed tie-downs.
Aside from the Multi-Flex tailgate, Chevy also introduced additional safety features on the updated pick-up. To make maneuvering with a trailer easier, Chevy added three new features to its 15-view rear camera system.
These include Trailer Length Indicator which shows if there is a vehicle near the trailer when changing lanes, Jack-Knife Alert that tracks the position of a trailer in relation to the vehicle and provides an alert if a jack-knife is imminent, and Cargo Bed View Enhancement which will help drivers align and hook up a fifth-wheel trailer more easily.
With the new Multi-Flex tailgate, those looking to get a new Silverado will be able to take advantage of the many features the tailgate comes with. But Chevy isn't the first brand to come up with a special tailgate.
Last year, Ram introduced the 'Multifunction Tailgate' which can be opened sideways thanks to a special set of hinges. It can be opened four ways; open flat, open left, open right, and open both doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees and is complemented by a retractable center-mounted step board.
Which one do you think has the better tailgate? Chevy's Multi-Flex Tailgate which can allow you to work while on the worksite? Or the Ram Multifunction Tailgate that makes loading and unloading a breeze?
More importantly, should they use this bed on other models like the Colorado?