2019 Ram 1500 Spied With Its Split Folding Tailgate on Display

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The next-generation Ram 1500 has been spied testing once again, but this time photographers have gotten a good look at its innovative split folding tailgate.

Rumors have been swirling for quite some time that the Ram 1500 could be set to adopt an innovative tailgate that splits in half to open, or can be folded down like a traditional tailgate. In a patent filing discovered back in 2014, the automaker described the system as such: “The doors can be coupled to the respective frames to selectively pivot about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis and relative to the frames and can be selectively coupled to the frames via respective door latches.”

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These spy photos serve as the first bit of evidence that the next-generation Ram pickup will feature the split-folding tailgate. Rather than splitting right down the middle, the tailgate is split offset in order to make way for the centrally-located tailgate handle. We’re assuming the handle to open the tailgate outward is located on top of the tailgate, but it’s hard to tell based on these images alone.

Previous spy photos have revealed how much of the exterior of the 2019 Ram will look and also gave us a glimpse at its interior. Those images revealed the Ram will do away with its Dodge-inspired crosshair grille and incorporate some futuristic-looking headlights, while the interior will feature a huge Tesla-like center display screen.

We’re expecting the 2019 Ram 1500 to make its debut sometime next year – perhaps as early as the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. For now, you can get familiar with its rear end with the gallery embedded above.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Elroy_Jetson Elroy_Jetson on Dec 12, 2017

    It would be nice if my 2008 tailgate actually would latch in the winter. Here's a thought; how about building a tailgate that would slide under the truck, with an additional step under the bumper so an old man could get in the truck bed easier.

  • Nick Zubrzycki Nick Zubrzycki on Dec 12, 2017

    Anyone else notice 6 lugs?

    • LarryNC LarryNC on Dec 19, 2017

      Yes. I wonder if it is just to make us think that it is stronger?