Possible Patent for 2021 Bronco Removable Doors With Impact Beam

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    via https://www.motortrend.com/news/is-this-fords-design-for-the-broncos-removable-doors/

    This week, it was reported that Ford had shown off the new Bronco at a recent dealer conference. And while Ford managed to stop photos of its new off-road SUV from leaking out (at least for now), it couldn't keep all the details it revealed a secret. Sources told Automotive News that the two-door and four-door Broncos they saw had "a retro design," with round headlights and a rectangular grille. So anyone who was worried the new Bronco would look like the current Ford Everest can breathe a sigh of relief. Interestingly, those sources also claimed the Bronco will come with removable doors and a removable roof, just like the Jeep Wrangler.

    Then today, we received a tip that a door-related patent also contained a sketch of the new Bronco. After some digging, we managed to unearth the patent drawings below, which do, in fact, show an off-road vehicle with removable doors. Sadly, it looks more like a two-door pickup truck with a bed cap than what we'd expect a new Bronco to look like. And even if this were Ford's basic design for the Bronco, it's far from detailed enough to really reveal much that we couldn't already guess based on earlier information.

    But that doesn't mean there's nothing to see. It appears that not only is this a patent for a removable door, it's a design for a removable door with an impact beam that can also be removed and reattached to the vehicle. So instead of needing to carry or store an extra set of partial doors that you can use to improve crash safety when the full doors are off, you have multiple options with that single set of doors. And since the hinges are modular, you can use them to open and close both the regular doors and the beam-doors.

    Regardless of whether we'll see this feature on the new Bronco or not, it's a really cool idea. But assuming the idea actually does make it to production, we're inclined to agree with the dealer who told Automotive News the Bronco they saw "was twice as cool as I thought it would be."

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    Nice nod to safety, hope it's headed for the Bronco! The ability of a Jeep to drop its door completely has always seemed really fun to me but I've always had reservations about the safety aspect. This is a smart design that allows us chickens to ride with some safety measures intact, but also allows safety beam removable for those owners who want nothing but open air at the doors.
     
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    It's an interesting idea. It does open up some questions about intrusion of water / ice / road debris into the mechanisms of the door and into the cabin.
     
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    If they want it to leak, squeak, and rattle as much as my '73 did, they're going to have to work a lot harder than just some removable doors.
     
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    That's my big concern as well. This is a great idea though and I hope it's something they can pull off.
     
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    Probably will be an option. An expensive option.
     
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    I'd say there's a pretty good chance it's a standard thing. I don't imagine they'd make removable doors an option if they're up against Jeep and basically building tune doors into regular doors would give them a one up on Jeep for sure. . It would be much more cost effective and time efficient if they have one door setup during production.

    I also wouldn't be worried about leaks. The Wrangler JKs didn't leak much as they improved door seals, floor drains and the roofs and the JLs are even better. I'm sure Ford will put the effort into testing to prevent any leaks or they will lose a lot of the daily driver and on road crowd, which will make up the majority of buyers. And I'm sure a simple brush style seal system for the door mechanism will keep everything clean enough to work well.

    Of course, that's all assuming they do go with this setup.
     
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    No doubt the doors would be produced in their own plant/line. At assembly it would just be a matter of giving them the same attachment points which they would have needed anyway.

    I don't see this as much different than one trim/model getting a hood with sheet metal shape A and another getting shape B with some vents -- same for seats, bumpers, grilles, etc., they all have the same attachment points, but can be entirely different shapes/weights/etc. They do all kinds of alternates for interior, but hoods seems like a good analogue for the doors.
     
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    That's a very good point about the assembly being done somewhere else and easily changeable during production. I assumed, based on the past history of most vehicles, that the doors are always the same on each model.

    Your point does remind me that the Bronco had options for full, half or no doors some years so it wouldn't be a huge leap for Ford to do that again. It would even be in keeping with the Bronco's early roots. Jeep has also done that with several models if I remember correctly. It would be pretty nice to be able to order with half doors.
     

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