liftgate

noun
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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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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, courant.com, "2018 Buick Enclave," 17 May 2018 Instead of using redundant steering controls to access vehicle info in the gauge cluster, the driver has to find the button near the left knee, by the power liftgate and fuel door buttons. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great compromise," 2 May 2018 Outside, the Ioniq Hybrid has two glass panels in the rear liftgate — the larger one on top, and a smaller one underneath. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai’s 2018 Ioniq Hybrid has starting price of $22,200," 1 July 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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