In South Africa, we’re used to pick-ups and bakkies featuring boring, vertically-deploying tailgates, and nothing more, but Ram has added an additional trick to its 1500’s rear end.
While the tailgate still drops down vertically, it also splits 60-40 horizontally, opening out like a door at 88 degrees.
Ultimately, it has four configurations: ” open flat, open left door only, open right door only and open both doors.”
“Independent opening features make curbside loading easier,” the company wrote in a press release.
“Being able to access the bed closer to the bumper makes stepping up easier; makes loading bulky items easier; makes unloading and washout easier and allows forklift loading.”
And in case you’re wondering, you can still activate these configs remotely.
The tailgate will cost just under $1000 when it debuts in mid-2019 in the United States.
It’s not likely that you’ll see a Ram 1500 in South Africa, but don’t be surprised to see more unique and inventive tailgates on locally available vehicles.
Feature image: Ram