It Looks Like Open-Center Doors Are Coming To Ford Bronco

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Remember those open-center doors from some of the Bronco's early promo shots? They might reach production.

Ford has filed to trademark the name "EZ Air" in the US, as it applies to "land motor vehicle doors," and we have a suspicion that it refers to something Bronco-related.

Here's the deal: in trying to siphon away some of the Jeep Wrangler's outdoors-loving, overlanding customers, Ford planned a whole suite of hundreds of different official Ford accessories for the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco. Some of these - like a set of donut-like doors with wide open holes in their centers - were shown off in early press photos, giving us all a small glimpse of things to come.

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We're going to go out on a limb and say that Ford's "EZ Air" door trademark probably refers to these open-center doors. That's significant because at the time of the Bronco's reveal, Ford said only that the doors were "among the possible factory-backed accessories" that might eventually be offered. That's the last we've officially heard on the subject.

Ford's trademark, which was filed July 8, 2020 - just days before the Bronco's official unveiling - suggests that Ford is leaning toward releasing the doors for public consumption. The doors in theory replicate much of the open-air doors-off freedom that comes with removing the doors on an off-road SUV like the Bronco or Wrangler, but with a bit more protection from hazards, the elements, and traffic accidents.

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Of course, we might be off-base, and the "EZ Air" doors referred to in Ford's trademark application could be something completely different. But we rather doubt that's the case.

Aside from the open-air doors, should they materialize, the 2021 Ford Bronco will also give owners the option of easily removing the doors completely for off-road excursions, just like the Jeep Wrangler. Ford one-upped Jeep on its design, however, mounting the side mirrors to the Bronco's A-pillars so that they stay with the SUV even when the doors are off.

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