General Motors got a jumpstart in the multifunction tailgate race with the launch of the GMC MultiPro tailgate in conjunction with the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, but now, the competition is starting to catch up. That includes GM’s crosstown rival Ford Motor Company, which is poised to offer the Ford Pro Access tailgate for the refreshed 2024 Ford F-150. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the upcoming tailgate tech in the following hands-on video.
Hosted by GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, the video is just under two-and-a-half minutes long, and shows some of the features on offer during an exploration of the refreshed F-150 on the auto show floor.
As Luft points out, the Ford Pro Access tailgate opens like a traditional tailgate should, swinging down to a horizontal position that lays flat with the rest of the bed. However, pressing another button on the tailgate will swing it out from vertically oriented passenger-side hinges, allowing you to walk up directly to the bumper with wide-open access to the bed.
The feature also deletes the step ladder that folds out from the tailgate. In its stead, the truck now includes a step mounted lower in the bumper that extends away from the bumper for easier access to the bed.
Check out the full feature video below for an in-person look at the new Ford F-150 Pro Access tailgate:
For those readers who may be unaware, GM’s multifunction tailgate feature first launched for the GMC Sierra 1500 in conjunction with the 2019 model year before a similar feature was launched for the Chevy Silverado under the new Multi-Flex branding. Ram later adopted its own version of the technology, which is similar to the Ford system presented in the video above, although not identical.