General Motors Patents a Tailgate Truck Step, Will It Be a Reality?

February 14th, 2017 by

Chevy Tailgate Step

Ugh, the struggle of getting in and out of the bed of your truck is so real! Well, imagine having a built-in step to help you get into your truck bed. All you’d have to do is just pull it out and climb right up into the truck bed. Whether you use the truck bed for hauling cargo, tailgate parties or both, this feature would be perfection. What if we told you that the possibility of a feature just as we described is actually not that far off from reality?

General Motors (GM) has officially received a patent for a truck tailgate step. Although GM hasn’t officially said the new patent would be a feature on upcoming trucks like the 2018 or 2019 Chevy Silverado, we are hoping to hear more about it soon.

GM built on Ford’s built-in ladder step idea, but from the drawing in the parent, GM’s step looks like an improved design that is much more user-friendly. The patent tailgate step for Chevy is a wider and lower step, that gives the user plenty of space to step. The step looks more like a stair step and like it flips down from the top of the top tailgate. Ford’s step is more like a single ladder-rung that hovers in the air and looks somewhat unstable and not very convenient.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Chevy incorporate this feature onto the Chevy Colorado and Avalanche, as well. Also, we wouldn’t discount the possibility of GM putting this or a similar features on the GMC Sierra.

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