At the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, Fiat Chrysler’s RAM truck brand will be pulling the wraps off of an all-new 2019 RAM 1500. The most easily the most-talked-about feature is a radical split tailgate design. FCA originally filed a patent application for the design back in 2014, and recently, several 2019 RAM 1500 prototypes have been spotted with the unique tailgate. We know with relative certainty that it’s coming.
So, what should we expect? Not all spied RAM 1500 prototypes have featured the split tailgate, leading us to believe that it will be an option available in some cab/trim configurations. The prototypes that have been spotted with the feature have a seam more than halfway across the width of the tailgate, for about a 70/30 split, and FCA’s patent drawings depict a piece that can be opened both vertically – like a normal truck tailgate – and horizontally, giving it a dual-functionality of sorts.
Many will no doubt wonder why consumers would ever require a split tailgate, but we imagine that it will make loading certain types of cargo into the bed easier. Moreover, as one Allpar member pointed out last year, FCA has also patented a pair of integrated loading ramps for the RAM that slide out from underneath the truck. While the patent drawings show the ramps simply sliding out from the tailgate, it could be a whole lot easier – and cheaper – to design and build a system around a split tailgate that simply opens out of the way.
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The split tailgate isn’t a feature that every buyer will necessarily need or want, but for the subset of pickup customers who could use it, the design could lend some functionality not offered by the competition. And there’s one other nifty feature coming to the tailgate of the 2019 RAM 1500: according to Automotive News, the truck will feature a gate that can be dropped at the press of a button on the key fob… but we don’t know whether that feature will apply to models with the split tailgate design.
Stay tuned, as all should be revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that starts the second week of January.