What do the Model A and the Escape have in common? True, they are both Ford vehicles. But they also have both utilized cutting-edge tailgate/liftgate technology—well, at least the Model A did back in the day! It was 1929, and the Model A used a chain-link drop-down tailgate. Then when the 1950s rolled around, the Country Squire Wagon used counterbalancing hinges with push-button open. The ‘60s were roaring, even in the liftgate world – Ford debuted the Fairlane Falcon magic liftgate that would both swing down and to the side. The Bronco saw a swinging latch, fold-up window and drop-down tailgate in 1977, followed two years later by the electronically operated roll-down rear window.
Now it’s the Escape making the most with its advancements, showcasing a history of liftgage innovation. First, a separate pneumatic liftgate and window opening in 2001, followed by the handy and downright cool technology of 2013: an available hands-free power liftgate.
The Escape liftgate requires only a gentle kicking motion under the rear bumper; that action will open it and close it. There are two sensors capable of detecting your shin, and the system ensures it doesn’t accidentally open when an animal runs under it.
What do you think the future of tailgate/liftgate technology will be? Or can hands-free functionality be topped? Tell us your thoughts!