General Motors has recently filed a trademark for the word “STOWPRO,” and while that’s not much to go on with the word itself, the filing gives us a bit more information. The Word Mark is designated for “tailgates for motor land vehicles,” providing us with a pretty good idea of what’s going on: a potential tailgate with stowage capacity for GM trucks. Likely starting with the GMC Sierra 1500 and moving to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Or, the whole tailgate itself can be stowed away somehow.
While the truck market is currently experiencing some significant innovation with the addition of electrification and the new applications that come with it, the multi-functional tailgate wars continue to be in motion, with an assortment of patents published relatively recently helping prove this fact. But out of all the multi-functional tailgates we have seen patents for, none of them indicated the idea of enabling customers to be able to stow their tailgates in some way.
The “STOWPRO” name is likely a nod towards the existing MultiPro tailgate offered on the GMC Sierra. We could be seeing an update of some sort to the unique tailgate, which we know has multiple functions, including more accessible access to bed cargo, enhanced loading situations, and a standing workstation. The Multi-Flex Tailgate for the Chevrolet Silverado boasts a weight capacity of 375 pounds. Some functions can be activated using a key fob or two tailgate-mounted buttons, one for the entire gate and another for the second-tier loading and storage options.
General Motors recently launched refreshed versions of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado for the 2022 model year. And while there was plenty of news in that regard, highlighted by the additions of the Sierra AT4X and Silverado ZR2 trim levels, there wasn’t much to talk about in regard to any tailgate updates. That said, GM plans on introducing its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks around 2025, per executive comments. We wouldn’t expect the debut of a “STOWPRO” tailgate any later than that.