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Mopar now offering retractable center-mounted bed step for Ram 1500

The new retractable bed step is designed to work with Ram's multifunction tailgate.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Ram 1500's multifunction split tailgate added a heaping helping of functionality to the truck. Now, Mopar is adding another dose with the newly available retractable center-mounted bed step.

The step is a unique addition to the pickup truck option list and solves one of the problems that truck drivers regularly encounter. It joins a host of step options offered by other automakers on full-size pickups including the General Motors indented rear bumper step, GMC MultiPro tailgate with a built-in step, and Ford's stowable in-tailgate bed step. Toyota and Nissan offer OEM-backed step add-ons that can be mounted to the corner of the bed.

Mopar Ram 1500 bed stepMopar offers a number of bed step options for the Ram 1500.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"Mopar offers more than 600 quality-tested, factory-backed parts and accessories across the entire Ram lineup," said Mark Bosanac, Head of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA – North America. "Our retractable bed step further enhances the convenience and utility of Ram's industry-leading cargo management and storage system."

Designed to fit specifically with the multifunction tailgate, the Mopar bed step (Part # 82216265AB) is made of high-strength aluminum with a black e-coat finish and is rated for 350 pounds. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $395 (U.S.).

Additional Ram factory-engineered, factory-backed bed steps available from Mopar include:

  • Ram 1500 with standard tailgate: Mopar bed step lowers down for easy access and retracts back to stored position within the bumper. The step is load-rated up to 350 pounds (Part # 82215289AG / U.S. MSRP of $365)
  • Ram 1500 Classic: Mopar bed step swings out from the driver's side corner of the rear bumper and retracts back to its stored position. Designed to fit single or dual-exhaust models, the step is load-rated up to 300 pounds (Part # 82214245AD / U.S. MSRP $304)
  • Ram Heavy Duty models: Mopar bed step is manufactured from high-strength aluminum with a black powder-coat finish and load-rated to support up to 350 pounds. Similar to all Mopar bed steps, it lowers down for easy access and retracts back under the rear bumper when not in use (Part # 82215842AE / U.S. MSRP $365)

All Mopar bed steps are available for purchase as a vehicle option or as a standalone part in the U.S. and Canada. Standard Mopar factory-backed warranty coverage includes two years/unlimited miles from date of purchase or up to the remainder of the new-vehicle's warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The new Type R set a Suzuka Circuit lap record.

Honda

The new Honda Civic somehow improves on the formula laid out by its numerous predecessors and does so with style, refinement, and value. The Civic Si built on that foundation with a potent turbocharged engine and solid handling, but Honda's not done with the Civic. The automaker just teased the new Civic Type R, and it set records at Japan's Suzuka Circuit during a recent testing session.

The All-New 2023 Type R Achieves Track Record at Suzukawww.youtube.com

The Type R lapped Suzuka Circuit in 2 minutes, 23.120 seconds, a record-breaking lap for a front-wheel drive car. The video features neat telemetry information on-screen during the lap as well, but the real excitement comes later when full specs are revealed.

Honda's been understandably mum on details on the new Type R's powertrain and performance numbers, but the car is expected to carry the same powertrain with its predecessor. The 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine made that car a force to be reckoned with, so the 2023 Civic Type R will likely continue carrying that torch.

Honda Civic Type RHonda will fully reveal the car this summer. Honda

Honda will reveal the car in all its glory this summer. As for pricing, the previous car started around $38,000, so the new model should be around there to start. That, of course, is before dealers mark it up and other lucky buyers snap them up for insane resale on an auction site.

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