2021 Chevy Silverado Enhances Trailer Tech, Adds Standard Features

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, Automotive Editor - September 23, 2020

Chevrolet recently unveiled the fourth-gen Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year, but the full-size pickup truck is getting a few updates for 2021. There are a lot of new features, including a multi-function tailgate, improved towing and payload capacities, more advanced towing features, and more standard equipment across the entire range. The update is a substantial one and will certainly increase interest in the pickup.

Let’s start with the new high-tech towing features. Three major features have been added for 2021: trailer length indicator, jack-knife alert, and cargo bed view enhancement. Trailer length indicator does exactly what you think it does, providing the driver with a red overlay that’s twice the length of a compatible trailer on the center console during lane-change maneuvers to ensure you don’t turn into another car. Jack-knife alert provides the driver with an alert if the pickup senses than a potential jack-knife situation is imminent. Lastly, cargo bed view enhancement makes it easier for drivers to get hooked up to a gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailer.

These three features aren’t exactly new – GMC introduced the tech features earlier this month on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra Heavy Duty models. It’s nice, though, to see the Silverado 1500 getting similar tech as its more expensive counterpart. The tech features are a first for the Silverado 1500, which continues to offer consumers some of the most high-tech equipment for towing purposes in the segment.

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In addition to more towing features, Chevy has increased the towing capacity for two engines. The 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now rated to tow up to 9,600 pounds thanks to a new regular cab model with a long bed. The four-cylinder Silverado with the crew cab configuration can tow up to 9,300 pounds, which is an improvement of 2,500 pounds. Maximum payload capacity for the powertrain is rated at 2,280 pounds.

The available 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine is now $1,500 more affordable than before. Seeing pricing go down for a new model year is rare and doesn’t happen often. Towing capacity for the diesel engine climbs to 9,500 pounds, an improvement of 1,500 pounds. Chevrolet claims the diesel powertrain is still good for up to 33 mpg on the highway.

While Chevrolet offers a variety of new features for the Silverado 1500, the most interesting bunch include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The tech is standard on the LTZ and High Country trims and is available on LT, LT Trail Boss, and RST trims as an option.

As far as standard packages go, the LTZ trim now comes with last year’s LTZ Convenience Package as standard. It adds bucket seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a universal garage door opener, two USB ports, a rear sliding power window, and rear heated seats on crew cab models. The Custom and Custom Trail Boss come with the Custom Convenience Package and Infotainment Package as standard, bringing remote start, LED cargo lighting, and an EZ lift power lock and release tailgate. Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss are offered with a new Safety Confidence package that adds forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and a 4.2-inch driver information center.

The Silverado 1500 also gets a new multi-function tailgate called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. The tailgate has six different configurations and can be activated using a key fob or one of two buttons mounted on the tailgate.

Chevrolet hasn’t announced pricing for the tailgate or the 2021 Silverado 1500 yet, but consumers won’t have to wait long to purchase a new model, as the pickup will arrive at dealers this fall.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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