A new Ford patent shows what could be the upcoming Bronco’s removable roof.
We know the Bronco is coming. We know that it will take on the Jeep Wrangler with a bunch of features that were previously only in the Wrangler’s wheelhouse, such as removable doors and a removable hardtop roof.
After being shown to Ford dealers at a private event last month, we also know a bit about the Bronco’s cool “retro” design.
But now a new patent from Ford reveals that the Bronco might still have some tricks up its sleeve. The patent, recently uncovered by MotorTrend, shows a roll-out and removable soft-top roof for when you want the wind in your hair but the sun off your back.
The roll-out roof is designed to be installed via clips on the existing roof rails where the hardtop normally would clip to. It’s made of two layers, a cloth layer and a mesh layer, with either being stowed in the luggage compartment when not in use.
Why the two options? Well, the mesh cover would provide some degree of sun protection, but would also allow maximum exposure to the elements so you could still enjoy a rollicking ride down the highway with the top virtually off. The cloth cover provides even more sun protection while also still allowing a lot of wind into the cabin. Some people really like that, apparently.
Both the mesh and cloth roofs are installed via clips and removed easily, at least, according to the patent. We’ll have to see how easy things are when the Bronco actually releases--if it receives this fancy roll-out roof at all.
One more thing that MotorTrend spotted: the cloth roof can also be stretched out and placed on poles to create an awning, useful for camping or other outdoor activities.
We’ll see Bronco arrive sometime in 2020, but the smaller Baby Bronco will arrive first. We don’t know much about the Baby Bronco other than Ford will really need to find a new name for it soon or we’ll just keep calling it Baby Bronco in perpetuity.