When Chevrolet originally watered our palettes with news that the MultiPr…errrr we mean Multi-Flex tailgate was coming to the Silverado for the 2021 model year, the Bowtie brigade promised that more updates were waiting in the wings, and it has fully delivered on that promise with the full suite of changes for the 2021 Silverado.
While we already covered the Multi-Flex tailgate in depth here, this is the first time that we have heard about some of the improvements that are aimed at enhancing the Silverado’s towing game.
For instance, Silverados equipped with the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gain increased amounts of towing capacity, with the strong selling crew cab short box model gaining 2,500 pounds of extra capacity for a revised total of 9,300 with rear-wheel drive. An all new regular-cab and long-box combination is where you will find the revised maximum tow rating, with that model being able to tow up to 9,600 pounds. This model also boost payload capacity slightly to 2,280 pounds when equipped with RWD which should please buyers looking to haul more gear or supplies for long road trips.
The 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel also gets in on the act, with the oil burner adding 1,900 pounds of extra towing capacity to nearly all trims, and also delivers the fore-mentioned 9,500-pound max figure. Along with the beefed up specs, the diesel also sheds some flab from its price, with the model receiving a $1,500 discount to help boost its play as a solid value focused member of the Silverado family.
Like its GMC-badged sibling the 2021 Sierra, the Silverado also benefits from a massive infusion of trailering technology to help make the task of towing a trailer much safer and easier than ever. A Trailer Length Indicator feature helps improve blind spot monitoring for the trailer, and can help warn you when a vehicle is in your expanded blind spot via a red overlay and audio tone. A more important piece of equipment is the all new Jack Knife alert system which alerts you when the trailer is possibly entering a jack knife situation, and aims to give you more time to correct the situation before its too late.
Chevrolet also made sweeping changes in regards to equipment and feature content across all of its trim levels for the new model year. We have added a list of some of these changes below, taken directly from the press release:
- 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 radio, available OnStar 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 Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, 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 Package and 20-inch polished wheels.
- Wireless phone projection through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 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.
Three new special editions (All Star Edition Plus, Texas Edition Plus, and LTZ Premium Texas Edition) all aim to add their own distinctive flavor to the Silverado while also celebrating Texas’s key place in the broader truck market.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to begin production later this month, with the first units making their way to showrooms this fall.