- The 2021 Ford F-150 will offer several new functions on its tailgate to boost its usability on job sites.
- New features on the tailgate include cleats on either side of the tailgate to tie down long items and pockets to attach clamps.
- The cleats and clamp pockets will come on every F-150’s tailgate, but other features that are part of the tailgate’s work surface, such as pencil holders and a ruler, are optional.
As the pickup wars have heated up in recent years, the tailgate has become the latest battleground. GMC recently began offering the innovative MultiPro tailgate on the Sierra, and Ram came out last year with its own multifunction tailgate on the 1500. Now, the 2021 Ford F-150 will offer its own tailgate whose functionality has the job site in mind.
Every F-150 tailgate will come with cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate. When the tailgate it needs to stay down to fit long items, the cleats can used to securely fasten those items. These side cleats are something that the F-150’s competitors don’t offer. Every F-150 tailgate also gets new clamp pockets on either end of the gate so, for instance, woodworking clamps can secure a piece of lumber while making a cut with a circular saw.
The tailgate’s work surface, optional on the new F-150, and offers several functions that can be accessed when the tailgate is down, including a phone or tablet holder, pencil holders, a ruler, and a cupholder. Other new items, including a generator, fold-down sleeper seats, and interior workspace features, function to make the F-150 a better-performing truck on construction sites and out on the road.
Unlike the tailgates seen on the GMC Sierra or the Ram 1500, the new tailgate on the F-150 has only one opening maneuver. The Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate offers several different ways for the tailgate to be opened and the 1500’s tailgate can be opened both the traditional way and split into a 60/40 barn-door style setup. Nonetheless, the tailgate’s work surface is something new to offer to battle of the tailgates.
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