The American pickup truck war not only involves the mid- and full-size segments, but also the Heavy Duty types. You know, the Chevrolet Silverado HD vs. Ford F-250 and the rest of the Super Duty lineup. Ram has its own highly competitive offerings as well. And because competition remains fierce, every sale counts, as does innovative features customers find useful. The all-new 2020 GMC Sierra HD, for example, not only has a carbon fiber bed but also a six-function MultiPro tailgate, which comes standard on the SLT, AT4, and Denali models. It’s optional for lower trims. But what about the new Silverado HD? Why does it not have the MultiPro feature? Well, it will.
According to GM Authority, it recently spied a camouflaged 2020 Silverado HD prototype and upon closer examination the MultiPro tailgate was clearly there.
Behind the prototype’s tarp, the cut lines for the MultiPro were visible. We’ve reached out to Chevrolet for comment and/or confirmation and we’ll update this space if we hear back. GM Authority also highly speculates – and there’s no reason not to believe it – the MultiPro tailgate will also become optional for the light-duty Silverado 1500, though we don’t know when exactly that will happen. Chances are it’ll be for the 2020 model year. The Silverado HD will probably receive it mid-year 2020 or for 2021. Oh, and there’s a high likelihood the name MultiPro won’t be used for the Chevy trucks. GMC trademarked the name and even though both brands are part of GM, MultiPro is directly associated with GMC’s "Like a Pro” slogan.
It makes sense for the Silverado 1500 to get the whatever Chevy ends up calling this tailgate before the HD variant because, for example, the new Ram 1500 has its own new trick tailgate of its own, called Multifunction Tailgate. We’re still waiting to see Ford’s contribution to the newly begun "Tailgate Wars” but rest assured, a direct response is on its way.