October 4, 2006

Ford introduces new Tailgate Step on 2008 Super Duty trucks

Ford F-450 Super Duty Step
Pete Reyes, Super Duty Chief Engineer, shows off the industry first Tailgate(TM) Step on the all-new F-450 Super Duty pickup. Click image to enlarge

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced its new Tailgate Step, available on the new 2008 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck. The industry-first feature allows customers easier access to the truck bed, with a step that stores in the tailgate.

“If you go to any job site and see how people get up and into the back of the truck, hopping into the bed or climbing up on a rear tire, you say, ‘There has got to be a better way,'” says Ben Poore, Ford Truck marketing manager. “That’s the genius behind the Tailgate Step, looking at the market and solving the need with an intuitive feature.”

When not in use, the step is housed in the tailgate, where the lower step becomes the centre of the tailgate’s top rail. When the tailgate is lowered, the bottom step can be pulled straight out, where it drops down into the step position. The step is made of high-strength steel and has been tested up to 454 kg (1,000 lbs); the handle supports up to 136 kg (300 lbs).

The Super Duty also has a new available stowable bed extender. It works like other extenders to allow more storage space along the lowered tailgate, or create a small enclosed section for cargo. Unlike other extenders, however, this one separates into two pieces that fold and snap securely to the sides of the bed, allowing full bed space and functionality when the extender is not needed.

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