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Jim Morrison, head of Ram brand, introduces the Ram multifunction tailgate.

Ram 1500 Adds Multifunction Tailgate

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Ram Truck has introduced a new multifunction tailgate for the 2019 Ram 1500. In addition to retaining the capabilities of a fully dampened, drop-down tailgate with remote release options, the Ram multifunction tailgate adds a 60-40 split swing-away functionality.

Ram multifunction tailgate’s dual side-hinged tailgate doors further enhance the 1500’s bed access and utility, according to Ram. The company aimed to improve curbside loading moving bed access closer to the bumper. Forklift loading is also now easier.

The Ram multifunction tailgate is trailer-friendly and does not require the trailer and hitch to be removed before opening. With a 2,000-pound load rating, Ram multifunction tailgate retains all of the traditional tailgate’s capability, according to Ram.

Ram's multifunction tailgate has four configurations: open flat, open left door only, open right door only and open both doors. Each door swings open 88 degrees and access can be further enhanced via a retractable center-mounted step option.

The 2019 Ram 1500 also includes the RamBox cargo management system, featuring weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. RamBox bins also feature a 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. A reimagined center console with 12 different storage configurations offers customization for the most active interior real estate, according to Ram. The 1500’s 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, which the company claims to be “nearly 100-percent more than the closest competitor.”

The multifunction tailgate will be available across all seven 2019 Ram 1500 models and will reach dealerships in the second quarter of 2019.