2021 Ford Bronco came close to co-opting Jeep Wrangler’s folding windshield – Roadshow

You are not lacking out simply because the windshield will not fold down. Promise.


Between the time the information broke of a brand new Ford Bronco and the time it really confirmed up as a manufacturing mannequin, many of us had been fast to match the Bronco’s potential to its closest rival, the Jeep Wrangler. The 2 do carry similarities, however in keeping with a brand new interview, they may have been even nearer than they presently are.

The 2021 Ford Bronco was initially rumored to hold a foldable windshield, identical to the Wrangler, however the manufacturing model confirmed off entrance glass that was clearly completely fastened. In an interview with Ford Authority, Bronco chief designer Paul Wraith informed the outlet that, regardless of the unique Bronco’s use of 1, it wasn’t within the playing cards for the most recent model.

“[A folding windshield] brings with it some issues,” Wraith informed Ford Authority. “It does present the consumer with a reasonably uncommon occasion, because you begin moving into issues like flat windshields, which is a compromised development round pillars.”

As a substitute of permitting yet one more path for clear air to swoosh by way of the cabin, the Bronco crew as a substitute centered on making different components of the physique really feel as open as potential. “So what we really actually wished to do is to supply a really open-air really feel, skinny out the pillars as a lot as we may,” Wraith stated. “So if you have a look at tradeoffs, we predict we made the best one.”

Whereas the Bronco’s windshield is probably not folded down, the physique offers for fairly the open expertise. Not solely are the doorways detachable — one other Wrangler staple — many of the prime half of the Bronco may be taken off and saved for later reattachment. The automobile’s airbags are positioned throughout the tubular construction that is still, so security was clearly a excessive precedence for this high-riding SUV. The four-door Bronco has sufficient cargo area to carry its doorways alongside for the experience, due to their pillarless nature, which permits the home windows to be rolled into the doorways themselves for compact storage.

Having been a passenger in the Bronco fairly lately, I can guarantee you that the shortage of a folding windshield is hardly an issue. Go stand in entrance of a fan if you need wind to whip you within the face; by any considerable customary, the Bronco’s open-air expertise is loads, um, ethereal. You will not really feel such as you’re lacking out when mud hits the windshield as a substitute of your open mouth.

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Andrew Krok