Fiat Chrysler Automobiles debuted a multifunctional tailgate for its newly redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck that can be configured in four different ways.
Ram’s new Mulitfunction Tailgate retains its traditional drop-down capability and 2,000-pound load rating, but adds functionality. There is a 60-40 split for flexible loading and side hinges so it can swing outward at the seam. The split tailgate doors open 88 degrees.
When split, the tailgate doors on the Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate open to 88 degrees. (Photo: Ram)
“The Ram Multifunction Tailgate is intuitive to operate, and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram brand for FCA.
Removal of the trailer hitch is not required for the tailgate to be operational. It also can be combined with the available RamBox Cargo Management System.
The unveil is right on the heels of GM’s MultiPro Tailgate, featured on its 2019 Sierra 1500 and designed to provide six configurations.
GM’s design has functionality that Ram’s does not. The Ram version does not have a primary gate load stop, foldable inner gate, inner gate load stop, inner gate work surface or full-width stop. However, the GM tailgate does not swing out, nor does it split.
Various configurations of the Ram 1500's Multifunction Tailgate (All photos: Ram)
The Ram’s swinging doors also are similar to the tailgate design on Honda’s Ridgeline midsize pickup.
Adding the tailgate to the 1500 costs $995. A retractable center-mounted step is available for an additional $295. On the 2019 GMC Sierra, the MultiPro Tailgate is included in SLT and higher grades and is not available on lower trim levels.
Ram trucks equipped with the Multifunction Tailgate will arrive on dealer lots in the second quarter of this year.