With MultiPro on the Sierra, GMC sets out to reinvent the humble tailgate
July 6, 2019

An integrated sound system, even

Think luxury pick-up trucks like the 2019 GMC Sierra, and tailgates are a key aspect. Yet let’s face it, tailgates and innovations haven’t exactly been a close-knit fit, more like an essential to which very little thought is put in.

Which brings us to MultiPro Tailgate that will come as standard on both the AT4 and Denali model variants, which the brand positions rather aptly as the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever.

Two years in research and development, the MultiPro Tailgate features seven unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.

MultiPro’s unique design starts off with the primary gate. Hinged and opened like a conventional tailgate, by pressing a release button on the tailgate, the instrument panel, or the remote key fob. TheMultiPro is equipped with both a torsional spring and a damper. This allows the tailgate to be easily raised and smoothly lowered.

The smaller inner gate, which is hinged within the primary gate panel itself, acts as a load stop. If you’re moving longer items such as camping equipment or perhaps a paddleboard or kayak, this helps prevent items from sliding out of the box. The inside panel within the inner gate can be unlatched and folded upright, providing a vertical barrier for longer items.

Raising and lowering these two tailgate panels in different combinations allows MultiPro to take on a variety of different roles, ranging from a bed extender to an entry step, and many functions in between.

While Sierra’s standard CornerStep rear bumper eases entry and egress into the cargo bed, MultiPro goes a step further. When the primary and inner gates are both released and lowered, the inner panel can be unlatched from the inner gate and folded down, creating a 120cm wide step. There’s also a hand grab bar that folds out from the cargo box wall to help pull yourself up.

Lowering MultiPro’s inner gate while the primary gate is also lowered allows you to stand nearly 17-22 cm closer to the pickup box floor than with a conventional tailgate – perfect for reaching further into Sierra’s cargo box, or for loading and unloading bulky or heavy items.

Whether you’re working on a project, preparing for a camping trip or barbecuing on a desert adventure, a pickup’s tailgate can often serve as a useful work surface. By lowering the inner gate alone, MultiPro provides a work surface at a comfortable height, much like a traditional workbench. Sierra’s available in-bed 230-volt electrical outlet makes this an even more versatile place to work.

Sierra’s cargo boxes feature a two-tier loading design, which allow owners to insert a platform – possibly a plywood sheet – to separate items within the bed. MultiPro extends that versatility by also providing a load stop for longer items placed into the upper tier of storage. Simply lower the inner gate panel and unfold the inside panel to form a vertical load stop.

Accessory rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily – perfect for hobbies and weekend get-aways. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

With an abundance of functionality an outdoor system is also available for the MultiPro tailgate allowing you to bring your music to the outdoors without leaving the truck running.

Design exclusively for the Sierra 1500 with the MultiPro tailgate. The Kicker MultiPro Sound System accessory is a 100-watt exterior audio system neatly integrated within MultiPro’s inner gate panel. The system incorporates two 10cm coaxial drivers, a compact amplifier and controls, a USB port for device charging and flash memory playback, along with full Bluetooth streaming compatibility.

The MultiPro Sound System is integrated into Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate, but it operates independently of Sierra, meaning the vehicle does not to be running for it to function. Like Sierra and MultiPro Tailgate itself, the sound system was designed and extensively validated to ensure it remains rugged and ready. The MultiPro Sound System is further protected by an ABS custom baffle, which is fully gasketed to prevent moisture and dirt intrusion. Additionally, the system’s wiring harness, connectors, and plugs are weather resistant for further protection. Making this the ideal accessory for the winter trips to the desert.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He is a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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