2024 Ford F150 Pro Access Tailgate and Smart Tow Hitch Tech

The invention of the dual access tailgate nearly six decades ago wasn’t even the start of Ford’s tailgate prowess. Ford has been innovating the tailgate since the Model A.

In trucks, to help make the bed easier to access, Ford introduced a fold-down tailgate step in 2006. Then, Ford added a handle that retracts into the tailgate for added stability.

Most recently, Ford added a power up/down tailgate with work surface featuring integrated rulers, a place to set your mobile device, and a pencil and cup holder. It’s practically a fold-out desk deployable at the work site.

For the 2024 model year, customers can choose to more easily access the Ford F-150® truck bed after Ford widened the step cut-out and increased bumper depth to create our best tailgate experience yet: Pro Access Tailgate. (Customers can also choose to stick with a classic tailgate.)

The F-150 with available Pro Access Tailgate is the only pickup in its class18 to offer a 100-degree fully opened integrated swing gate.

The 2024 Ford F-150® pickup offers comprehensive towing and hitching technology.

To improve productivity, Pro Trailer Hitch Assist™ takes the frustration out of hitching a trailer.

It uses the rear camera and corner radars to align the hitch with the trailer coupler while simultaneously controlling the truck’s speed, steering, and braking to stop at just the right place all at the touch of a button.

After a short set-up, Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ feature allows the camera to track the trailer position while the driver backs up and guides the trailer.

This is done by rotating the knob left or right in the direction the trailer needs to go, and the system controls the steering wheel.

Class-exclusive17 available Smart Hitch measures tongue weight to help customers properly hitch up and reduce the possibility of trailer sway when towing.

When combined with Onboard Scales, it helps estimate approximate payload weight in real-time. Weight can be viewed through the Ford SYNC® 4 touchscreen or LED visual display in the taillamps.

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