Surprise: 2019 Ram 1500s Get New Split Tailgate

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Don't let anyone tell you Ram can't keep a secret. Not only did the truckmaker hold information about new tailgate technology until right before the 2019 Chicago Auto Show (well, maybe Ram gave us a hint right before Sunday's Super Bowl), now it's put itself right back in the middle of a fairly spirited Half-Ton Truck War — all the while having one of the best January sales months in more than a decade.

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This new "barn door" tailgate for the 2019 Ram 1500 is a clever way of providing owners easier cargo loading and unloading access along with other options. The bed also will drop like a conventional tailgate and is reported to have a 2,000-pound load rating.

The boringly named Multifunction Tailgate literally splits open in a 60/40 configuration; the doors swing out to open and re-latch when closed. The new setup should pair nicely with the existing RamBox. Humorously, he press release about the new feature says, "unlike other multi-element tailgates, the Multifunction Tailgate does not require that the trailer and hitch be removed before opening." That's a pretty good swipe at GMC's MultiPro Tailgate, which can be dropped right onto a hitch ball or trailer if you don't remove them. The Ram 1500's new tailgate will be packaged with the spray-in bedliner and include an optional center-mounted retractable step. Each door also will be able to open almost 90 degrees.

The Multifunction Tailgate has been in the works for several years and will be available across the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup. The Multifunction Tailgate will cost $995 and the retractable step $295; they will be available in the second quarter. We expect the tailgate will be one of those options that becomes a standard feature for certain trim levels or special editions.

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Comments

Call me old school.

My tailgate has two basic settings --- ON and OFF

It can be removed/replaced in a snap and either way it works great. These new tech wrinkles are fine but sometimes they add more cost/complexity than they're worth.

Ever wonder why GM uses attack ads to take swipes at the other brands and those other brands point their advertising to just point out their superiority? Think about it. If you can't find enough to feel superior about, what do you do? You call the other guy names. This has been going on so long that the GM guys should now be used to constantly being late to the party and always coming up a dollar short. And now, after so many years of Silverado trying to catch up to Ford, they're also looking up at Ram who is eating their lunch in sales for the past 7 months straight. TeeHee. Too bad, so sad, Government Motors. Ya think you can get another bailout down the road?



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