2021 Ford Bronco
Ford isn’t ready to let the Jeep Wrangler be the end-all, be-all, in outdoorsy off-road fun devices. As such it’s making certain the upcoming 2021 Bronco will match or beat the Wrangler in every element that makes it so flexible– at least, as far as our sources and numerous patent applications would suggest.
2021 Ford Bronco Style and Rumors
We formerly hypothesized that the Bronco would have removable doors, which’s now a near certainty, according to Patent US010166913. It appears to show the side mirrors mounted to the A-pillars, not the doors. That’s essential to allowing the motorist to, you understand, see what lags them while enjoying some open-side Bronco’ing. Note that the vehicle in the illustration is a Troller T4, not a Bronco.
The patent further details how a light assembly inside the mirror supplies different kinds of illumination. It appears to integrate an exterior puddle lamp, in addition to interior lighting when the vehicle remains in a door-off setup. Turn signals might likewise be installed inside the mirror. It appears installing the side mirrors in this way would maintain compatibility with the Bronco’s door-replacing impact beam.
Granted, this positioning has the prospective to be a bit questionable visually. Bolting the mirrors to the middle of the A-pillar could provide the Bronco a somewhat Dumbo-eared look. If nothing else, they could block forward exposure and churn up wind noise. However, the JL Wrangler’s side mirrors are door-mounted, so Jeep drivers should either fit gangly auxiliary mirrors in their place or completely turn away from the roadway ahead to look before altering lanes.
We likewise found Patent US20190270414, showing a detachable roofing system rack and cross-bar system. Roof racks are nothing new. However, modularity and flexibility seem to be essential aspects of this setup. The rails are meant to be easily adjustable, and we assume they’ll be compatible with the Bronco’s retractable cloth-roof choice. That could be why their quick detachability is novel– after all, who would want unsightly roofing rails obstructing their view of the huge blue sky?
These patents are more crumbs in the path of ideas we’re following leading up to the big expose of the 2021 Bronco. Just Ford knows to what level– if at all– these features might be integrated into the production vehicle, however, the brand intends to conquest even die-hard Jeep fans.