One of the main differences between the next-gen Chevrolet Silverado and its cousin, the GMC Sierra, will be a thing of the past in 2021 as the former adds the option of a versatile hatchback called the Multi-Flex.
Several other improvements have been made to the full-size Chevrolet pickup truck, so let’s take a quick look …
Much like GMC’s Multi-Pro, Silverado’s new Multi-Flex tailgate is a practical marvel with six different functions. You can lower the entire tailgate or only its upper part, unfold the latter to have a step giving access to the body or a stop that prevents 2x4s from sliding, otherwise create a work bench capable of supporting a load of 170 kilos ( 375 pounds).
Two buttons on the tailgate allow its assisted opening. Otherwise, it is possible to use the key remote control.
The Multi-Flex hatchback will be available early next year on all versions of the 2021 Silverado 1500.
Better towing capacity
For 2021, Chevrolet has revised upwards the towing capacity of its flagship truck. For example, that of the 2.7-liter turbo engine increases to 9,300 pounds in the 4×2 configuration with multi-seat cab and short box, a gain of 2,500 pounds. If you choose the regular cab and the long box, it’s more like 9600 pounds.
With the Duramax 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, almost all versions are capable of towing 1,900 pounds more than before, for a total of 9,500 pounds – again in a 4×2 configuration.
Chevrolet estimates that this is sufficient for the vast majority of customers, citing a MaritzCX study that found that 96% of regular full-size pickup truck owners tow less than 10,000 pounds.
Like the Sierra, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado offers new technologies to assist when towing. First, a trailer length indicator is activated at the same time as the turn signals to display on the central screen a red zone corresponding to two trailer lengths. This will make it easier for the driver to determine whether a lane change is safe or not.
Next, a jackknife alert warns when the front of the trailer gets too close to the truck to prevent jamming and damage to the hitch.
The rear side view camera, which shows the left and right sides of the truck and trailer, will now work in reverse as well. For its part, the camera with a view from the rear of the trailer is enhanced by guide lines that facilitate reversing maneuvers and by a trailer angle indicator. As for the camera with a view of the cargo box, it will be possible to enlarge the image to see better on the screen and to have a guide to align a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch.
Let us mention in closing that the equipment of the different versions has been improved. The High Country with 22-inch wheels, among others, is now available with an adaptive ride control system for increased comfort on the road – a Chevrolet first. New option packages and new body colors are also appearing on the menu.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 goes into production this month and will hit dealerships later in the fall. Its prices will be announced later.