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2015 Ram 1500 Could Sport Innovative New Tailgate

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/9/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The Ford F-150 has the innovative tailgate step, and now the 2015 Ram 1500 will have its own tailgate calling card. A new Chrysler patent was recently revealed on, and it shows a multi-function tailgate capable of opening at least six different ways.

The new Ram 1500 tailgate appears to be designed with versatility and ease of use in mind. According to the patent drawings, the tailgate is split vertically in two independent halves. Each half of the tailgate can either be opened or closed up and down like a traditional tailgate, or open out like Dutch Doors, much in the same way the Honda Ridgeline's tailgate opens. The various opening configurations appear to be designed to allow Ram buyers to let long cargo stick out of the bed on one side, while using the tailgate to keep cargo in on the other, and to allow easier access into the truck's bed.

Ram Tailgate Patent Application© Provided by MotorTrend Ram Tailgate Patent Application

The new tailgate will likely be optional when it's finally debuted. No timeline has been given on when the new tailgate will appear on the Ram 1500, but given the fact that the Ram 1500 is due for a minor update next year, 2015 would be our bet.

Source: Allpar, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


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