Fiat Chrysler has debuted the new multifunction tailgate for the 2019 Ram 1500, which serves as the brand’s answer to the 2019 GMC Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate.
The 2019 Ram 1500’s multifunction tailgate works quite a bit differently than the MultiPro tailgate on the GMC Sierra 1500. The Ram’s is a split-folding tailgate, which features a 60-40 split opening along with a normal swing operation. Ram says the tailgate makes curbside loading easier and says that being able to step closer to the bumper makes loading bulky items easier. It also makes bed washout easier and allows for forklift loading, the company says.
“The Ram multifunction tailgate is intuitive to operate and owners will find it immediately useful,” said Ram brand boss Reid Bigland.“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.”
By comparison, the GMC MultiPro tailgate is a little more versatile. It features a normal primary gate function, along with a load stop to prevent items from sliding out of the box, a downward folding ‘gate’ for closer bed access, a full-width step and a second-tier tailgate work surface.
It seems to use that these two designs serve somewhat different purposes. The Ram’s meant to make loading and unloading easier, while the GMC’s is designed to be a catch-all solution that can make life easier on the job site with both easier loading and unloading and other innovative solutions.
When GM debuted the GMC MultiPro tailgate last year, the automaker indicated that it had considered a barn door opening tailgate like the Ram’s, but ultimately decided against it.
“We did look at a bunch of different options… we didn’t want to do a barn door because you can’t package it well with a step,” said GMC Sierra program engineer Roger Olle. “We wanted the step to be the first priority, and we wanted to ensure it would perform the same as a standard tailgate. We didn’t want to sacrifice anything in terms of functionality.”
FCA says the 2019 Ram 1500’s multifunction tailgate will be available across the range and will be available in the truck starting in the second quarter of this year. It will add $995 to the price tag of the truck, with an optional center access step available for another $295.