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The Jeep Gladiator And Colorado ZR2 Could Soon See Added Competition

Ford Bronco Pickup

While the world awaits with bated breath for the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco, as well as its Ford Escape-based little brother, there’s been rumors of late that we will soon enough see a Ford Bronco pickup truck, as well. This adds credence to allegations that Ford Motor Company plans on launching an entire Bronco family, even a sub-brand, of vehicles. All of which will be positioned and engineered to tackle the trails, and bottle the lightning that is the off-road truck and SUV craze that’s been building lately. Trademarked names include Bronco Big Bend, Bronco Outer Banks, Bronco Adventurer, and Bronco Sport. Ford Bronco Scout, which is the best sounding name if you ask us, has curiously been abandoned.

At any rate, that’s a lot of nameplates for just one vehicle to bare. We don’t know what the Ford Bronco pickup will be called, but we at least have a clue on what sort of features it may have when it hits the market thanks to a patent drawing that’s been making waves lately.

The images show a removable roof from the cab of a pickup truck, and not an SUV like previous patents assumed to be for the Ford Bronco. So, what do we have here?

According to Patent Swarm, the Ford Motor Company patent is for “vehicles that are equipped with one or more removable roof cap assemblies. Exemplary roof cap assemblies include a roof cap and a mounting system with one or more self-aligning brackets configured to self-articulate into alignment with one or more receiving brackets that are mounted to the vehicle.”

If we tie in this patent image with the reputable report that a Ford Bronco pickup truck is on the way, then it means that the upcoming midsize truck will likely have a removable roof panel in some form or another. At the very least, it could be a removable top for the next-generation Ford Ranger, which is expected to the market as soon as 2022. This could also mean that the American midsize truck customer may soon have two topless trucks to choose from, with the other being the readily available Jeep Gladiator, and its signature party tricks adopted from the Wrangler.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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