When power liftgates were introduced on the rear hatches of SUVs, vans and other vehicles, they simply added automatic power to the mechanical gas struts that always had been there to help consumers open those heavy doors.
Strattec's liftgate hardware out of sight
To commemorate 25 years of PACE Awards for supplier innovation, Automotive News each week is looking at one of the many winners.
- Strattec Power Access
- Trade name:
- Invis-A-Rise power liftgate system
- Power struts for automatic liftgate were built into the roof rails
- Why it resonated:
- Clever engineering improved both system durability and vehicle aesthetics and opened up more space in cargo area.
Strattec Power Access solved many of those problems with its Invis-A-Rise power liftgate system, which earned it an Automotive News PACE Award in 2018. Invis-A-Rise is an electromechanical overhead spindle system that uses struts built into the roof rails, thereby hiding them from both sight and bad weather. The result was a more aesthetically pleasing power liftgate and more space in the cargo area. Additionally, the innovation translated into improved system durability, unobstructed rear visibility and reduced noise levels.
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