lift·​gate | \ ˈlift-ˌgāt How to pronounce liftgate (audio) \

Definition of liftgate

: a rear panel (as on a station wagon) that opens upward

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Hatchbacks Hatchbacks forgo the traditional trunk of a sedan in favor of a rear liftgate that opens up to reveal sometimes surprisingly large cargo bays. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Sedans, Hatchbacks, Coupes, and Convertibles," 30 Jan. 2019 While most of these 2020 changes are evolutionary, owners who are regularly on the go will appreciate its power liftgate and Activity Key, which is a waterproof wristband that acts as the car's secondary key fob. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Adds Style and a Hybrid Model," 21 May 2019 The Touring Preferred Package adds the power moon roof, power liftgate, Bose audio and speakers, navigation, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-5: Crossover gets upgrades for 2018, including more safety tech," 22 Apr. 2018 Instead of the standard liftgate, however, the EcoSport has a fifth door that swings open to the side. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 The license-plate recess has been moved from the bumper to the liftgate, which allows for a higher-stretching skid plate and a tauter tail. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Jeep Cherokee: The Baby Grand," 17 Jan. 2018 The head-on styling is SUV-sturdy with a fast slope to the rear roofline trailing to a split-glass liftgate. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 My Armada had a power tilt/sliding moon roof, rain-sensing wipers with de-icer, a very convenient power liftgate, and a seven-pin wiring harness with trailer brake control pre-wired. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Armada full-size SUV has plentyof room for the family, lots of technology," 17 June 2018 The benefit to drivers is that the view out back is free from obstructions, including headrests, passenger’s heads, bulky cargo and grimy liftgate windows. Malcolm Gunn,, "2018 Buick Enclave," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of liftgate

1953, in the meaning defined above

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