News: 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Boosts Towing Capacity, Gets New Tech & Multi Flex Tailgate!

Base trucks can now tow up to 9,600 lbs.

2021 chevy silverado 1500 towing specs tailgate multi flex

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 gets the following changes and updates. Most importantly, the base Silverado 1500 regular cab with a 2.7-liter I4 turbocharged engine is now rated to tow a maximum of 9,600 lbs. The trucks also get an optional new Multi Flex tailgate, many new standard features, new towing camera features, and the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel is now more affordable. Let’s dig in!

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

Chevrolet says that additional testing and validation showed that the 2.7-liter I4 turbocharged engine has additional cooling capacity, so the trucks with this engine are able to tow heavier weights. 2021 trucks are re-certified and re-tested to the SAE J2807 testing standards. A crew cab Silverado with this engine can handle up to 9,300 lbs of trailer. This is a very welcome change when compared to around 7,000 lbs it could do before.

The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel I6 also gets a boost in tow ratings. Chevrolet says that additional evaluation of the rear-axle and its robustness allowed for higher tow ratings. The half-ton diesel is now rated to tow up to 9,500 lbs. The 3.0-liter diesel engine is now -$1,500 more affordable. If you are starting with a 5.3-liter DFM V8 engine, the 3.0-liter I6 diesel is a $995 option.

Towing & Safety Technology

The 2021 Silverado 1500 gets the same new camera and safety enhancements as the 2021 GMC Sierra trucks. This includes: jack-knife alert, trailer length indicator, rear trailer view & trailer angle indicator, cargo bed view, and rear side view. These new features provide the driver with more information and more visibility when properly equipped with additional cameras.

The new 2021 trucks will begin production in September, and they will be available for sale in the fall 2020.

Chevrolet is offering more standard equipment on the 2021 truck, and we have more details about this on our TFLnow Youtube channel.