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Ford Bronco
Image Via Ford.

As we enter another week, we have yet another bit of information to pass along involving the upcoming Ford Bronco. Thanks to Ford’s tight lips involving everything to do with the off-road SUV, like most of the other tidbits that we’ve reported on, this comes by way of a USPTO filing made by the company. And yes, it does have to do with those removable doors.

Never before has there been a vehicle that has caused so many people to turn their eyes to the inner workings of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In fact, so many people are interested in the Bronco that it has bested the mighty C8 Corvette as the most anticipated vehicle of 2020. So much for a half-century of hype building. Perhaps the beloved 4×4’s absence of 26 years has played its own role in that respect.


2021 Ford Bronco Door Patent via USPTO.

However, much of that anticipation could be coming from the information that has managed to leak out. This week for instance, we now have an even better look as to how Ford plans on making the Bronco an open air driving experience. The information comes by way of FullSizeBronco forum user BigMike61, who posted a look at Ford’s most recent patent application. The patent details a door design in which there appears to be two main structures: one that is composed of upper and lower tubular cross beams, and another that acts as a skin that contains electrical components.

Essentially then what we are looking at is a roll-bar style door that makes up the interior of the door itself, which can be separated from the exterior bodywork when the off-roading gets serious. Ford says that this is done to protect the bodywork, but we all know this is being done to target the Jeep Wrangler. The Ford method may be simpler than the FCA solution as well, as the patent application makes mention of a quick connect mechanism for easy attachment or removal.

Getting the electrical components and wiring out of the way by placing it in the exterior door skin is a smart move when it comes to making door removal easier. Like with any other patent application that we have reported on, we cannot say whether or not that this system will be utilized. Or whether it will be a factory option, or an accessory, for that matter. The only thing that we know for sure is that Ford is definitely going to let you drive around in a doorless Bronco.

2021 Ford Bronco Door Patent. Courtesy of USPTO.

Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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