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Spy Shots: 2019 Ram 1500 Testing Split TailgateRYAN ZUMMALLEN DECEMBER 20, 2017 NEW TRUCKS, TRUCKING TECHNOLOGY
A dual-function split tailgate option may be coming to the 2019 Ram 1500.
The pickup truck, set to debut at the Detroit auto show in January, was spotted testing the new design near Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. The tailgate is attached to an early prototype, indicating the feature has undergone extensive testing ahead of its reveal.
The 2019 Ram 1500 would be the first pickup truck to offer a split tailgate. It allows the gate of the truck to be opened in multiple ways.
The gate will lift up and down like any conventional pickup, but it will also swing out in a 60/40 split. Owners can then walk right up the end of the bed for easier access, loading and unloading. They can also climb inside without first stepping onto the folded gate.
It is unclear how the tailgate will operate. Spy photographs of the truck’s interior have shown a complicated key fob that could control the split tailgate function.
The split tailgate will likely be offered as an optional feature on the 2019 Ram.