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February 6, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Ram Introduces All-New 60-40 Split Tailgate

There’s a lot going on in the world today and nothing more important then the war of the tailgates [insert eye roll]. It began innocently enough, GMC introducing a an innovative multifunctional tailgate, but then came their knockout punch with the “Anthem” commercial showing Ford and Ram owners getting rid of their tailgates. Shots fired.

Today Ram introduces their own multifunction tailgate to the 2019 Ram 1500. Unfortunately, the functionality of it is akin the saw blade on a Swiss Army knife, it’s a function, but what are you really supposed to do with it? The new tailgate opens traditionally, right side only, left side only, both doors and, of course, not at all. When opening one of the two sides it does so on vertical hinges so instead of laying down they swing open and do so in a 60-40 split. This means the left side of the tailgate is 60% and the right side 40%.

Now I haven’t ever owned a truck, but I’ve driven them and more importantly for this point, I’ve seen them and I can’t think of a problem this solves more efficiently than just having the entire tailgate down? Wood too long? Drop the gate. Getting in? Drop the gate. Even when considering not having enough room to drop the gate the tailgate sides require about the same amount of room behind the truck to swing open. The most practical element is an additional cost $295 on top of the $995 tailgate, a center step. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and I don’t see any necessity here.

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