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GM pickups make advancements in beds

Chev Silverado, GMC Sierra get largest, most-functional beds in segment

Published: August 1, 2018, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:00 PM

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Durabed - The Silverado Durabed is the largest in the class.

When the all-new 2019 full-size pickups from General Motors come to market in a couple months, they will do so with the largest, most-functional beds in the class.

Chevrolet calls its cargo-bed Durabed, but whether it’s on the Silverado or on the GMC Sierra, it’s best-in-class in cargo volume, box depth and floor length, made from a higher-grade of steel, and it’s accessible through larger CornerStep bumper-cut-outs. Beyond that, the two trucks have their own exclusive features.

Silverado features a segment-best 12 fixed tie-downs, in-bed LED lighting, and segment-exclusive power down/up tailgate (controlled by key-fob, a button in the cabin or a touchpad on the tailgate). The tie-downs can each hold 227 kg of force (doubling their strength from the previous truck) and are positioned at various heights to offer versatility. And, they’re joined in the bed by nine moveable tie-down points, adding up to 21 total tie-downs, the most in any full-sized pickup.

At GMC, the next-gen Sierra debuts a MultiPro Tailgate, which the company is touting as the most innovative tailgate ever. The GMC Exclusive 170-kg weight-rated tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading, load-stop functions, a standing workstation, and better access to items in the box. The tailgate handle features buttons to release the inner or complete tailgate. The MultiPro Tailgate is standard on Denali and SLT trims.

Later on in the model-year, the Sierra Denali can also be fitted with a CarbonPro bed, made of carbon-fibre composite inner panels, instead of the standard steel panels. It’s supposed to make the bed more durable and lighter (by a reported 28 kg)

Both pickup beds can also be equipped with a 110/120-volt power outlet.