Tailgate Like a Pro in the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Video

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The tailgate long has been a valuable piece of pickup truck bed, allowing users to safely store cargo during transport. A dropped tailgate can also act like a table or platform, and even provide rudimentary seating. This venerable piece of equipment hasn't changed much in more than 100 years ... until now.

The MultiPro tailgate on the new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is a game-changer. Standard on the SLT and Denali trim levels, it's available across the Sierra 1500 lineup. The MultiPro offers six unique positions to help with safely storing cargo and providing easy access to the bed. The MultiPro essentially offers a small tailgate inside a larger tailgate that provides easier pass-through loading, a small table for work and a short backstop for loads.

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will be the first pickup (unless you count the Honda Ridgeline's dual-action tailgate) to offer a completely unique tailgate, but we expect it to make it to the Chevrolet lineup relatively soon.

In this video, we talk with one of the GM engineers who helped design and test the MultiPro.

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Innovation for improving the pick-up truck usefulness. Very nice. These new GM full size twins will continue its leadership role in this segment.

I don’t like how GM designed the handle, I think Fords is better tucked neatly away inside the gate.
I DO like the flip up load stop! If that is set a little more than 8’ from the bulkhead (on a 6.5) bed that’s a great idea. Hmm Aftermarket are you watching... might be easy to engineer a similar load stop to existing gates.

Great Idea

Fantastic idea! Great job GM.

I do think they will offer this for the Silverado after a year. GM is gonna test the waters and see how many people choose this option

Lots of moving parts. I do not see myself using it to its full potential but not bad.

-CT

Great concept.
But it is going to be a nightmare when you get gravel and dirt all over and in it and you try to fold and unfold all the parts.

Ford fans are down playing practical innovations such as bumper steps, the multigate , stronger lighter beds, and suggesting there should have been more cameras.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/jalopnik.com/5139326/ford-loves-new-chevy-man-step-commercial/amp

If you can't beat them join them. I actually like the look of the GM version but they are eating some serious crow right now. I agree that the handle placement looks unfortunate. Ford's step when deployed is really just about perfect for ease of use and concealment when not in use. The GM step doesn't look as easy to use but I could definitely use the load stop feature.

@ Beebe

LOL. That was funny, but thing is GM already has the side steps in the bumper of the truck which is a ground breaking----yet simple design. They just further pushed the bar with this tailgate.
Plus, alot of you are missing the point! It can be used for more than just a step!!!!

I do agree with CT and a few others that moving parts do wear down, and dirt and gravel are a headache in any moving part. We shall see how it holds up.

Still love the innovation though!!

I'm very impressed by the new Sierra. I liked the new Silverado design when it was introduced and had not expected such significant differences in features and design for the Sierra. I drive a 2015 Sierra SLT 1500 with the 6.2, and am seriously tempted by the new SLT or Denali. Anxious to see them on dealers lots and actually experience the truck.

Hmmm lets hear the same GM folks that bashed Ford's good tailgate step idea when it came out let's see, several years ago, now the GM "bright idea" light bulb just came on...

What's next for GM back to round fender openings? lol

The Bumper steps are still the quickest way to get in the box, that tailgate will be great for loading and carrying loads that are longer, don't think GM was trying to make it a "step" only function

it is going to be a nightmare when you get gravel and dirt all over and in it and you try to fold and unfold all the parts.
Posted by: mike | Mar 8, 2018

@Mike

Agree, however, I doubt many of the guys who buy a loaded GMC half ton will be using it for mud, gravel and other gritty loads. This is a luxo barge for the well off

It only took GM a decade to figure out a more complicated and expensive way to do what they made fun of Ford for doing first.

Hmmm lets hear the same GM folks that bashed Ford's good tailgate step idea when it came out let's see, several years ago, now the GM "bright idea" light bulb just came on...

What's next for GM back to round fender openings? lol

@ Supercrew02

Your missing the point. GM's new tailgate has more than just one function!! you fanboys need to watch the video and stop getting to butte hurt!

Finally an OEM 5th wheel tailgate. I could easily see myself behind the wheel of a Denali 6.2 NHT towing a nice 35' 5th wheel.
Kudos to GM for making it easier for 1/2 ton guys to tow 5th wheels.

Just make a tough tailgate that works!

What's next, Apple play for the tailgate, leather and a heated tailgate?

This is why truck prices continue to rise!

For many years I did not like the toughness and feel of Toyota tailgates. With the 2016 Tacoma I have, it is stronger, tougher and works, no bells and whistles needed!

Keep trucks simple!

"These new GM full size twins will continue its leadership role in this segment."

Posted by: GMSRGREAT

You mean leading from 2nd and 4th place.

I bet nobody is gonna get that option and I see garbage motors discontinue that option why? Because it looks ridiculous and it’s for wussys and ford tailgate step is 1000 times way better. Just watch!!!

The difference between the Fords useless manstep and GM'S MULTIGATE with the step function is placement. Ford has you step a foot out past a lowered tailgate. The leverage effect of placing you so far out from the vehicles suspension and center of gravity has you feeling like you are bouncing on the end of long unsupported board. This is not a very stable. GM's multigate step function places you closer to the bumper where there is more stability. Maybe that's why I have never seen anyone actually use the manstep, it is too unstable.

That's as useless as a screen door in a submarine.

You mean leading from 2nd and 4th place.


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Mar 8, 2018 10:37:22 AM

Pretty much bottom feeders.

Call it what it is - MultiManStepGate.
How much is this option$$$$????
How much is the replacement cost$$$$????

@GMS
Your center of gravity argument, had me rolling on the floor,hahaha. Where do you come up with this stuff, you need to be a Hollywood writer.

If Ford would have come up with this innovation. It would be the greatest thing EVER!!!!! Makes me laugh how many fanboys are bashing this.

Consumer Reports Auto Issue just listed the 2017 Silverado and Sierra 1500 on the WORST used vehicle list.

That's really bad to have a one year old make of vehicle on the WORST list
I mean most vehicles on that list are 2009 and older vehicles, but to list a almost new 2017 with the WORST vehicles it must be really, really bad.

"I don’t like how GM designed the handle, I think Fords is better tucked neatly away inside the gate." Posted by: Grnzel1
---- By comparison, I'll bet the Ford's is a lot more flimsy under repeated use.

"I DO like the flip up load stop! If that is set a little more than 8’ from the bulkhead (on a 6.5) bed that’s a great idea."
---- With the tailgate fully down, it might be close to that. Trying to flat-pack through the 'notch' is questionable though that notch will also limit the damage to the tailgate's edge when carrying a similar load without it. Would also reduce the risk of said flat-pack sliding out of the bed while traveling down the highway.

"Hmm Aftermarket are you watching... might be easy to engineer a similar load stop to existing gates."
---- Not so easy on existing gates and retain any real strength. Oh, I can easily envision one that can work but it wouldn't be pretty or look 'built in'.


It does have some useful positions. others are laughable. l feel this will be better than the rear steering that was offered for a few years and then went away.

@GMS
Your center of gravity argument, had me rolling on the floor,hahaha. Where do you come up with this stuff, you need to be a Hollywood writer.

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks Big Time | Mar 8, 2018 1:40:05 PM

It's not an argument, it's engineering.

I'm pretty fat (5'6"@290 lbs) so having that flip down part of the tailgate will allow me to get my fat belly closer to the bumper with the tailgate down. I have short arms too so it will allow me to reach in a little further.

The Easy Reach Feature is kind of like the swing operation function of the Honda Ridgeline Dual Action tailgate. The main reason for Ridgeline swing open tailgate function is to get access to the in-bed trunk.
The other use when swung open is to allow you to reach more easily up into the bed without having the tailgate in the way.

It's not an argument, it's engineering.

Until you have them side by side and conduct an actual comparison it is conjecture ,not engineering.

GM Blows Chunks raised a valid question which has not been addressed.
Cost of option and replacement cost.

Ford engineered their step to reach out away from the end of the tailgate on purpose. It is easier to step up that way. More like stairs than a ladder. That is why I think the GM step will be harder to use, just like the steps in the bumper are harder to use. The bumper steps are the same height as the license plate cutout, only a lot smaller than that cutout. And I rarely find myself climbing in the bed that way because it is a CLIMB which is a lot more difficult than a STEP. With the Ford step it is just a step up like going up a set of stairs. That is why my old dog that is 13 years old can still easily get in and out of the pickup with it. Could he use the GM step to climb in the truck? Probably not due to the steep angle. May seem like a silly example but totally illustrates how easy the Ford step is to use. I can easily get in and out of the bed on my Ford without even grabbing the handle for support, which is nice when you have an armful of stuff. And the Ford step and handle are really quite sturdy. I do think the load stop feature on the GM is a great idea and possibly the drop down for further reach into the bed, but I have little doubt the Ford step is much easier to use. Kind of a big deal to me because I use it on a daily basis.

So it seems obvious now that Frank is Chingon. Why such hate and disrespect to others trying to have intelligent conversation.

@ Sean.G - SO YOU FIGURED IT OUT
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

I do think that GM has come up with something rather innovative and unique. At the same time it seems like a solution in search of a problem. Again there is some cool aspects to this tailgate but I can also see some problems associated with it. I've seen the question from other posters who ask cost and have not seen any responses on that I recall Years ago GM had a feature called 4 wheel steering I tried it out on a demo it was pretty cool however it's sold poorly and GM withdrew it from the market place this may be the very same case for the tailgate if it's not well accepted it will disappear it's gotta be expensive.

@ FXDX1450. If the tailgate is only going to be available on the GMC model then it will not sell a whole lot anyway. There are not too many GMC dealers and GMC has a different customer base than any other truck. If the tailgate carries over the the Chevy trucks, then yes it will sell a pile of them with this tailgate option.
I think the GMC is a fanastic truck, but most prefer the Chevy due to lower price and a lot more delaerships to sell them. I really like the look of the new GMC and all its towing features over the look of the new Chevy. None the less, there are those that have to have the latest and greatest, and want to have something that their friends truck does not have, in this case the GMC tailgate is a winner for sure, as well as being a darn handy addition to any truck.

Where is Howie Long?

Gm made fun of the "man step" and now we have the "porch step" from GM.



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