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2024 Ford F-150 Multifunction Tailgate Teased Before Reveal

As Ford Authority exclusively reported several years ago, a Ford multifunction tailgate has also been in the works for some time, and the automaker benchmarked the Sierra, Silverado, and Ram pickups – which are already equipped with such a feature – for this very reason. FoMoCo opted to launch the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 without such a feature based on customer feedback, as Ford Authority reported back in 2020, but it continued to explore the idea by filing a patent for a multi-function tailgate in early 2022. This past December, Ford Authority reported that this feature is likely to debut alongside the refreshed 2024 Ford F-150, and a few months later, a Tremor prototype was spied with what appeared to be some sort of new tailgate. Now, a new teaser from the automaker itself seems to confirm that the 2024 Ford F-150 will indeed mark the debut of a multifunction tailgate, after all.

While we don’t get to see the multifunction tailgate present on this 2024 Ford F-150 in action, it’s pretty clear that this is no ordinary tailgate. For starters, there is a line cut out in the center portion that indicates customers will be able to lower it independently of the entire unit, similar to what GM already offers. However, the piece here is much larger than the one present on the Silverado and Sierra.

The tailgate itself is clearly deeper than GM’s Multi-Flex unit as well, hinting at a number of possibilities. A new emblem and “Platinum” letting engraved in the upper portion of the tailgate round out the updates that are clear, however, and are accompanied by a new taillight design that ditches the old “c-clamp” look for one more reminiscent of the F-150 Lightning.

2024 Ford F-150 Multifunction Tailgate Teaser - Exterior 001 - Rear

In addition to revised exterior styling, an updated interior, and the typical tech updates, the 2024 Ford F-150 will bring forth a number of changes to the popular model, including new 22-inch wheels, an available modular front bumper, a redesigned Ford Blue Oval badge, and a new trim level dubbed the Lobo, along with a new hybrid variant, too.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2024 Ford F-150 is set to make its debut at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show this week as part of a special “F-150 Fest” celebration. Retail order banks are scheduled to open the afternoon of September 13th – the day after the refreshed model is revealed – at which time the build and price configurator will also go live.

We’ll have more on the 2024 Ford F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Shockandawe

    Looks like another recall is on the way!

  2. Steve


  3. steve

    Anything is better than that cheap piece of crap Ford has right now. The one from years ago was sturdy, the one they have now is hard to eject, and a cheap handle.

  4. Butch

    How about fixing the transmission so they work right!!!! Not happy my trans takes a dive with only 98k on it. Also I don’t beat on my truck, if I did I wouldn’t be writing this!

  5. Shockandawe

    Another happy customer!

  6. Patrick Ford

    Am I the only one who doesn’t give much thought to the tailgate? The tailgate on my 2010 F-150 Platinum goes up and it goes down. Its at the tail of the vehicle and acts like a gate. I kinda thought that’s what a tailgate was supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less. Anything more is just more stuff to go wrong. Am I crazy?

    1. Mf

      Nope, you’re right. Buts it’s a buzz builder that marketing likes.

      Ford has a decent tailgate. It can power up and down, or it can manually drop up or down. That’s all it needs. The stupid steps and handles and stuff are only because they’re building the trucks too tall. Don’t put them all so jacked up in height and people don’t need a freaking ladder to climb into the bed.


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