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2019 Ram 1500 gets multi-function tailgate

By Tristan Tancredi, 07 Feb 2019 News

60/40 split for Ram’s new multi-function tailgate.

2019 Ram 1500 multi-function tailgate feature

RAM has added a multi-function tailgate feature to its range of 1500 pick-ups, giving consumers more storage practicality. 

As can be seen in the brief video above, the tailgate features a unique 60-40 split with four configurations: open flat, open left door only, open right door only, and open both doors.

Dual side-hinged doors – each door swings open 88 degrees – eases access to the tray, as does an optional centre-mounted step.

“The Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful,” Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand, FCA, said. “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.”

The tailgate, which remains fully dampened, features remote release options and has a 2000lb (907kg) load rating, shares the storage solutions with the innovative RamBox cargo management system. And, unlike similar variations on the market, the multi-function tailgate doesn’t require the user to detach their trailer and hitch before use.

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The new tailgate has been added to the RAM 1500 DT, not the 1500 DS currently sold in Australia. “So I am afraid it is not a possibility until the DT arrives next year,” Edward Rowe, Ateco’s media and public relations consultant, told 4X4 Australia. Ateco is the official factory appointed importer and distributor of RAM Products for Australia and New Zealand.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the tailgate is US$995; the optional centre step is US$295.