Some people have been calling the 2019 Chicago Auto Show the heavy-duty truck show, but there was some light-duty news at the show, as well. The biggest announcement came courtesy Ram, which introduced the Multifunction Tailgate for its 1500 pickups. It's a 60/40-split tailgate that allows you to open it, split on one side and the other, or lock them back down and drop it back down as a normal tailgate.
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The way they make this happen is an internal structure. It adds about 75 pounds to the entire tailgate, but it runs the entire length and creates a couple of heavy-duty hinges on both sides. The whole point is to get you easier access into the truck bed, but the way you have to do that is with a step, which gets you right up and in.
The cost of the Multifunction Tailgate is $995, but it depends on which trim package. It's offered across the entire lineup, but you do have to get the spray-in bedliner whether you pair it with the RamBox or a conventional bed.
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We got to test out the 2019 Ram 1500's Multifunction Tailgate (watch the video above for a demonstration) at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, which runs through Monday if you're in the area and hope to check it out for yourself. If you can't make it to the Chicago show, worry not — our team of automotive journalists was on site to bring you comprehensive coverage of the show, including pickup-truck news aplenty.
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