2021 Chevrolet Silverado Gets A Multi-Flex Tailgate, Better Towing
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a truck with new mechanical and technological updates, including the addition of an optional Multi-Flex hatchback, impressive towing capacity and improved technology.
Enhanced tailgate and bed functionality
The Multi-Flex tailgate provides Silverado customers with six unique functions, allowing easier access to bed cargo, enhanced loading solutions and a standing workstation. With a weight capacity of 170 kg (375 pounds), different configurations for the Multi-Flex tailgate are activated using a key fob or two tailgate-mounted buttons, one for the full tailgate and one other for second level loading and storage options. Combined with the Silverado Durabed – with impressive cargo space, LED lighting, a 120-volt outlet and 12 fixed tether – Multi-Flex makes the 2021 the most functional and capable Silverado ever. The Multi-Flex tailgate will be available in early 2021 on all new Silverado 1500 models.
Improved towing capacity on Silverado’s most efficient engine options
Chevrolet has long been a leader in towing, providing the power and technology to instill customer confidence while towing. The 2021 Silverado will offer increased conventional towing capacity for two of its most efficient engines, compared to the 2020 model year.
The 2.7L turbo adds thousands of pounds of towing capacity to every setup. The popular crew cab, short box model increases its rating by 2,500 pounds to a maximum capacity of 9,300 pounds in two-wheel drive. A new regular cab long box model delivers the maximum towing capacity of 2.7L at 9,600 pounds and increases the overall maximum payload of the Silverado to 2,280 pounds in 2WD.
The Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel adds an additional 1,900 pounds of towing capacity to almost any configuration and offers a maximum capacity of 9,500 pounds on 2WD models. The 3.0L Duramax engine also gets an MSRP price reduction of $ 1,500 for 2021 models, so customers enjoy both increased towing capacity and fuel savings estimated by EPA’s industry-leading 33 mpg 2WD highway at great value.
Chevrolet is confident these engines meet or exceed most towing needs, with 96% of light-duty truck owners towing less than 10,000 pounds, according to data from MaritzCX, an InMoment company. Further testing and validation revealed that the 2.7L Turbo has better than expected cooling performance, while the 3.0L Duramax upgrades are attributed to better-than-expected rear axle durability. Chevrolet engineers recertified both engines to SAE J2807 with impressive results. A full list of towing specifications can be found here.
Improved towing technology for extra views and confidence
The latest generation of Silverado planted its flag at launch by offering up to 15 unique camera views2 – the best of any competitor – to simplify towing. Now, the 2021 models will raise the ante and feature new or improved towing technology, including:
- Trailer Length Indicator (New for 2021): When performing a lane change maneuver with the turn signal on, a red overlay twice the length of the compatible trailer is displayed on the center console display, which may help indicate when other vehicles are present.
- Jack-Knife Alert (new for 2021): tracks the position of the compatible trailer relative to the vehicle and provides an alert if a potential jack-knife situation is imminent.
- Cargo Box View Improvement (New for 2021): Cargo Box Zoom View and Box Hitch Guidance are now available, which allows for aligning and hooking up a neck trailer. swan / harness.
- The rear view of the trailer now includes guidelines and a trailer angle indicator: improved to include guidelines to assist when setting up a compatible trailer and a trailer angle indicator shows the relationship between truck and trailer.
Rear Side View Enhancement: Provides a split view, automatically skewed based on the angle of the trailer, left and right sides of the truck and compatible trailer. This view was previously only available in forward gear and is now available in reverse gear for better visibility when positioning a trailer.
More equipment available and standard
The 2021 Silverado 1500 adds more user-friendly content at all price points to an already compelling truck lineup, including:
Custom, Custom Trail Boss is now standard with Custom Convenience Package and Infotainment Package, which include EZ Lift power tailgate lock and unlock, LED cargo area lighting, remote start , optional SiriusXM radio, optional OnStar and more.
Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss now offer a 40/20/40 split front bench seat and a new Safety Package (late availability), which includes Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Braking front, 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 All Star Edition content, which includes Convenience Package, Trailering Package and an auto-locking rear differential. LTZ now comes standard with the LTZ Convenience Package, Safety Package6 and polished 20-inch wheels.
Cordless phone projection via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 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 equipped with 22-inch wheels for enhanced ride comfort. The new packages available – All Star Edition Plus, Texas Edition Plus and LTZ Premium Texas Edition – add additional convenience and safety elements to the already popular models.
Three new exterior colors are available:
- Mosaic Black Metallic (late availability and with supplement)
- Oxford Brown Metallic (available at additional cost)
- Cherry red hue (available at additional cost)
The 2021 Silverado 1500 will begin production in September and arrive at Chevrolet dealerships in fall 2020.