Off-road driving with an open air vehicle provides another kind of experience for many off-road enthusiasts and fans. For this sake, Ford is planning to offer a version of the next generation Ford Bronco SUV which has a roof that could be removed.
Yes, the Ford Bronco will be returning back to life in 2020 and the American carmaker is reportedly intent on creating a version that allows its owners to remove and reattach the roof as they desire (removable roof). This was divulged by The Truth About Cars (TTAC), whose people managed to tell two well-placed sources within Ford that it will have a special feature called Air Roof that could transform the 2020 Ford Bronco from a full-closed SUV into an open air off-road specialist.
TTAC reported that the Air Roof system will be made up of several panels – up to six maybe – that can be removed when desired, with storage set within the Bronco. It remains unknown whether the panels will be made from glass, carbon fiber, metal or composite plastic. Most likely, the 2020 Ford Bronco will feature fixed roof rails. This means that only the roof panels could be removed but not the rails.
Fiat Chrysler offers something similar to Ford’s Air Roof system. Most likely, this would be offered as an available feature for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. For the Wrangler, Jeep will employ three roof panels extending from the front to the back. Interestingly, the revived 2020 Ford Bronco would be a good competitor for the Jeep Wrangler.
Ford has confirmed the arrival of the Bronco at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) by the end of the decade, right after the US carmaker re-launches the Ford Ranger into the country in 2019. This means we will be able to see a revived version by the end of the decade – or around 24 years after Ford discontinued the production of the SUV with the bucking bronco logo in 1996. However, whether there would an open-air version of the Bronco has yet to be confirmed by the carmaker. Should the reports be true, and TTAC’s sources are as credible as they could be, then quite a number of customers would be delighted.
While no details have been officially confirmed, the new Bronco is expected to be underpinned by a revised version of the European T6 platform that currently underpins the current Ranger. This means that that the Bronco would be a proper body-on-frame SUV. The last generation of the Ford Bronco was derived from the F-150 pickup truck.
The new Ford Bronco will be one of the four or five new utility vehicles that the US carmaker is planning to introduce into its lineup. Ford is planning to produce the Bronco alongside the Ford Ranger at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.