The tailgate wars are heating up between Ram Truck and GMC. Ram just unveiled a new multifunction tailgate for the Ram 1500. Itís to compete with the Sierraís MultiPro tailgate.
New Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate
In addition to retaining the capabilities of a fully dampened, drop-down tailgate with remote release options, the Ram multifunction tailgate adds a first-of-its-kind 60-40 split, swing-away functionality.
The tailgateís dual-hinged doors allow for four different configurations: open flat, open left door only, open right door only and open both tailgate doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees and access can be further enhanced via a retractable center-mounted step option.
The multifunction tailgate will be available across all seven 2019 Ram 1500 models and will reach dealerships in the second quarter of 2019. Manufacturerís Suggested Retail Price is $995. The optional center step is $295.
Watch the tailgate in action here:
Ram also says unlike other multi-element tailgates, its multifunction tailgate is trailer-friendly and does not require that the trailer and hitch be removed before opening. With a 2,000-lb. load rating, Ram multifunction tailgate retains all of the traditional tailgateís capability.
ďThe Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful,Ē said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand Ė FCA. ďCombined with Ramís class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, weíre taking Ramís cargo management and storage to the next level.Ē
The RamBox system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. RamBox bins also feature a handy 115-volt, 400-watt outlet. Also available with RamBox is a pickup bed divider/two-foot bed extender and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats.
Interior storage was also high on the priority list for the new Ram 1500. Its redesigned center console has 12 different storage configurations. Plus, the Ram 1500ís second row includes seats that recline up to eight degrees, a true flat-load floor with integrated RamBins with tie-down rings and expandable under-seat storage. In total, the Ram 1500 features more than 151 liters of interior storage capacity ó something Ram says is nearly 100 percent more than the closest competitor.