A quick back-and-forth last week between GMC and Ram on Twitter alludes to Ram possibly introducing a split tailgate similar to GMC’s MultiPro tailgate design. Last week, GMC tweeted a nonchalant video advertising the multi-function tailgate. But Ram slid into the replies with a the following:
“Flag on the play. False start. Check back with us on 2/7/19,” with a Football referee gif signaling the false start.
GMC shot back with “Congrats on #MTTOTY [Motor Trend Truck of the Year] Have a hot dog on us… and on an old tailgate.”
February 7 happens to be the first media day of the Chicago Auto Show—a show famous for truck debuts.
— GMC (@GMC) January 31, 2019
Rumors of Ram offering a split tailgate date back to 2014 when Fiat Chrysler Automobiles filed a patent for the design. Three years later in 2017, as Ram was developing the latest generation of the pickup, spy photos emerged of prototypes featuring a split tailgate design. However, when Ram did unveil the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, it lacked the split tailgate design teased earlier. The latest back-and-forth on Twitter is a pretty strong indication Ram has something up its sleeve coming later this week.
GMC introduced the MultiPro tailgate for the 2019 Sierra 1500, after years of chastising Ford for its integrated step in its pickup truck tailgates. GMC went far beyond anything Ford with the six-function MultiPro tailgate. The trick tailgate is both flexible and functional, providing owners with a slew of uses the range from offering load-stop and second-tier loading solutions, a standing work station, easier access to the bed, and a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, functions as both a seat and a step.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long to see what Ram will reveal as the Chicago Auto Show begins Thursday, February 7. Stay tuned for the latest from the show.