The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is due for an intensive redesign for the 2019 mannequin yr, coinciding with the discharge of an up to date RAM 1500, in a bid to grab up as a lot leftover full-size pickup market share as doable after Ford’s best-selling F-150. Brand loyalists will be counted upon to look no deeper than the badge on the hood, however for individuals who will cross-shop the Silverado in opposition to the RAM, the latter truck might need not less than one huge trick up its sleeve.
According to our sister website, Fiat Chrysler Authority, the 2019 RAM 1500 may debut a brand new break up tailgate function that FCA patented again in 2014. The patent described a tailgate that might not solely drop down as regular, but additionally open “barn door”-style, with either side of the tailgate swinging open horizontally to offer cargo mattress entry. It could appear to be a small factor, however such a system may add significant flexibility with regards to loading and unloading sure cargo, and the newest Ram 1500 spy pictures present a truck whose tailgate FCA engineers clearly took nice pains to obscure.
Of course, we actually can’t say with any certainty whether or not the 2019 RAM 1500 will function a break up tailgate, however the function may lure an important many on-the-fence truck consumers – particularly as a result of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado possible gained’t have it. Previous spy pictures of that truck didn’t include any of the large, heavy tailgate cladding deployed on some RAM prototypes.
The 2019 RAM 1500 is reportedly set to debut on the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, across the similar time as Chevrolet’s new Silverado. We’ll discover out then which light-duty pickup really has what it takes to draw the brand-ambivalent truck consumers.
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