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.
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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.
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.