Gallery: The Ram 1500’s new multi-function tailgate

Ram threw their weight into the light-duty tailgate war, recently announcing a new multi-function tailgate soon available on the 2019 Ram 1500 next quarter. Later last year, GM had a foot ahead of the game with their special and impressive, MultiPro six-way tailgate available on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 (SLT trims and up). Now, Ram has stepped up with a version of their own.

In addition to just dropping down, the tailgate splits down the middle creating a 60/40 clamshell and can hold 2,000 pounds . Both doors open outwards 88-degrees and according to Ram, either door may be left latched independently (open the right door only, leave the left one shut).

The tailgate is available on all new Ram 1500s models and even as a stand-alone option for customers that have already purchased a 2019 Ram 1500 prior to this intuitive tailgate’s debut. The multi-function tailgate will cost $995 while the optional deployable center step, also seen below, commands $295.

This is again, another fantastic effort done by Ram, to make the already-great 1500 even better. Let’s see if Ford can come with something creative beyond their “man-step”.

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

The 2019 Ram 1500's new multi-function tailgate

[Tailgate animation: FCA]

[Images copyright Hooniverse 2019]

By |2019-03-19T18:37:13+00:00February 11th, 2019|Chicago Auto Show|6 Comments

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