Despite launching an advertising campaign in 2009 that derided Ford for a new F-150 feature that General Motors dubbed the “man step”, the company has recently filed patents for very similar solutions.
In October of 2016, GM was awarded a patent for what it refers to as a “Multi-Panel Hinged Endgate Assembly With Edge Support For Step Panel.” Consisting of a two-piece tailgate with one portion that can be unfolded to serve as a step, the device is said to provide “easier access to the cargo area,” “two-tier loading” and “potentially reduce aerodynamic drag.”
In another patent awarded in December called a “Tailgate Assembly With A Step Assist Handle,” an extended version of the first design includes a retractable handle that drivers can grasp and use for leverage when boarding or exiting the pickup bed.
No word yet on whether either design will make it to production.
If you can’t beat ’em…
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