Wednesday, September 28, 2022
News Ford Applies For Pickup Removable Roof Patent

Ford Applies For Pickup Removable Roof Patent

According to the patent, this roof panel will be easy enough to remove and install by one person

It certainly looks like Ford is trying to make up for lost time and opportunities. While many will think of the current Jeep Gladiator and other Jeeps as being the sole convertible trucks ever offered, the Ford Bronco, Toyota 4Runner and other vehicles, including the first generation Dodge Dakota, were once available with removable roofs.

There’s no information in these patents that identifies which pickup this will be for – the drawing looks like a cross between the 4-door Toyota Tacoma and the final Dodge Dakota. This leaves room for much speculation, starting with the Ford Ranger and the potential for a pickup version of the Bronco.

Said panel is apparently designed to be easy to remove and install. So much so that the filling indicates that the operation could be completed by only one person. A self-aligning mounting system would be largely responsible for this and that the panel would need only some downward force to latch.

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive Review

The patents also describe a number of different versions of this roof with a fixed or sliding rear window and a clear roof portion.

Wherever this goes, we love the idea of another top-less truck.

Ford Convertible truck patent
Ford Convertible truck patent

Ford Convertible truck patent
Ford Convertible truck patent

Ford Convertible truck patent
Ford Convertible truck patent

Source: Ford Authority

Trending Now

The 2023 Nissan Ariya will Begin at $43,190 in the U.S.

The brand’s first electric crossover will be offered in six trim levels. The dual-motor AWD system will be optional. The longest-range version will...

This is a First Look at the New 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

Once more, Hyundai is revolutionizing its design. By the looks of the prototype, it’s far boxier than it’s ever been. Hyundai’s clearly looking to...

China’s XPeng G9 Gets 200km of Range in Five Minutes

This makes it the fastest-charging EV in the world. It is capable of 480kW charging power. EV non-believers will soon run out of excuses...

Volvo to add a Subcompact SUV and a Mid-Size Sedan to its EV Lineup

The SUV will be smaller than the XC40 while the sedan should be about the same size as the S90 Both models should...

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Will Deliver 61 km of EV Range

This will be possible thanks to its 20kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The total system power is 248hp and 332 lb/ft of torque. It feels...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.