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New day, new patent.

This seems to be the case as of late as automakers beef up their respective models for a highly competitive battle of the brands.

The Jeep Gladiator was the first to introduce the concept of a removable roof in the United States, giving consumers the ability to drive their trucks without the cover. But a new patent filed by Ford suggests the rivaling company could also be looking to give its models a convertible roof.

, Ford Files New Patent for Removable Pickup Truck Roof
Ford says the concept could also apply on “cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, or any other type of vehicle that includes a removable roof assembly.”

What’s unique to Ford’s idea, though, is a self-aligning mounting system that makes it easier for one person to attach or remove the convertible roof panel. This is possible with the help of a series of latches that attaches the roof to the windshield header and body structure. So, when installing the roof, a person only has to put in a little downward force to latch it into place.

Based on the documents filed by the automaker, the patent includes descriptions for multiple versions of the roof. This means there is a possibility for the brand to also release a fixed rear window or a sliding version in the future.

Aside from the convertible roof panel, Ford’s patent also talks about the fastening method used to install the panel. Since it is a general idea, the company says the concept could also apply on “cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, or any other type of vehicle that includes a removable roof assembly.”

Taking this into consideration, it comes as no surprise if Ford turns out to be studying the possibility of equipping its models with a removable roof given that another Ford patent also suggests the installation of removable doors on its upcoming Bronco SUV.

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