The trucks wars feel as if they’re never-ending. Right when we think there’s some breathing room between the big three truck manufacturers (Ram, Ford, and Chevrolet), a new feature appears and we soar to new heights. The latest innovative feature? It’s all about multifunction tailgates, a rather innocuous part of a pickup until recently when they became a hotbed of invention. The feature race began when GMC introduced a MultiPro tailgate on its Sierra 1500 pickup last year (2018), but Ram is ready to call their bluff with their latest introduction – a Multifunction tailgate that goes above and beyond is due in dealerships this Spring.
The latest feature will add a new four-way tailgate intended to lessen truck owners’ hardships when forced to load cargo in tight spaces. Just like traditional tailgates, this latest one will have the traditional bottom hinges, but the actual tailgate splits 40/60. Giving owners the ability to swing a part of the tailgate sideways like a traditional kitchen cabinet is perfect for when there isn’t enough room to lower the tailgate. Ram is the first among truck manufacturers to respond to GMC’s first tailgate innovation. Moreover, speaking of GMC, sure they might’ve come up with the original multifunction tailgate, but their tailgate only has traditional bottom hinges – Ram definitely thought outside the box here.
Reid Bigland, head of Ram, has high hopes for this latest innovation, saying “The Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful. Combined with Ram’s class-exclusive RamBox feature and new tailgate step, we’re taking Ram’s cargo management and storage to the next level.”
Ram’s multifunction tailgate has four different configurations: it opens flat like a traditional tailgate, owners can choose to open the left door only, the right door only, or even open both doors. Each door swings open about 88 degrees, while a retractable center-mounted step option is available as well to further enhance the tailgate. Additionally, the 2019 Ram 1500 also offers other innovative storage solutions such as the RamBox cargo management system. The RamBox system includes weatherproof, lockable, drainable, illuminated, and versatile storage bins that are built into the bed rails. The storage bins also offer a convenient 115-volt, 400-watt outlet.
The RamBox storage system also offers a pickup bed divider/two-foot extender and cargo rail system that has four sliding, adjustable cleats. The inside of the Ram is no sleeper either, the 2019 Ram 1500 offers more than 151 liters of interior storage capacity – that’s a whopping 100 percent more interior storage space than its competitors. Like we mentioned before, the multifunction tailgate will be making its way to dealerships this Spring and will be available across all seven 2019 Ram 1500 trims. The MSRP for the tailgate is listed at $995, while the optional center step will set interested buyers back another $295.