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Ford Bronco Chief Engineer Worked Hard To Make Everglades A Reality

After months of teasers and spy photos, the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades was revealed earlier this month as a new, more capable variant of FoMoCo’s off-road SUV designed to ford deep water. It joins the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor in The Blue Oval’s special edition lineup for the Bronco’s second year of production, though each figures to be the first of many to come. Regardless, if it wasn’t for Ford Bronco chief engineer Jolanta Coffey, this special model probably wouldn’t have ever come to fruition, as Coffey revealed in a recent interview with the Detroit Free Press.

Coffey moved to the U.S. from Poland at the tender age of 10  – knowing virtually zero English – as her stepfather wanted to get closer to his family and seek out greater economic opportunities. Coffey managed to learn the native language while attending a private Catholic school, and eventually earned a master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She’s been working for Ford since 1996, moving her way up from customer service to Bronco chief engineer, and has played a pivotal role in the SUV’s rise from the ashes.

Coffey and her team were determined to put a snorkel on the Bronco to allow owners to ford deep water – an unprecedented and risky move at the time. “Anything you try and do which is extreme, it’s hard basically,” said Paul Wraith, chief Bronco designer. “It makes people nervous.” “We’ve created this innovative execution that nobody’s done before. There’s nothing to go on, there’s nothing to copy,” Coffey added. Regardless, her experience succeeding against adversity paid off in this instance.

“The chief engineer’s job is kind of the worst in the entire industry,” Wraith said. “They get it from all sides. Considering the number of things Jolanta has to manage, taking on essentially an innovation project could seem like a real risk. Like, ‘I don’t want to deal with that.’ But her … focus is so absolute … I massively respect her ability to keep these unbelievable number of variables in check.”

Given the positive reaction surrounding the reveal of the Bronco Everglades and the fact that Ford will stop taking orders for the 2022 Bronco soon, it seems that Coffey’s risk has certainly paid off. However, she’s just one of Ford’s brilliant up-and-coming female engineers, joining the highly-regarded Linda Zhang – chief engineer of the Ford F-150 Lightning – in that regard.

We’ll have more on the new Bronco Everglades soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Bronco news, Ford Bronco Everglades news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson

    That’s a job well done. Ford needs to give her a big fat raise before she gets poached.

  2. John Matthew Achramowicz

    Fords product pipeline continues to get deeper due in very large part to engineers like Ms. Coffey. Way to go!

  3. NCEcoBoost

    She, as well as the team that worked on all of the Raptors need to be canned since all of these trim levels are a waste of corporate money.

    1. Rick

      That was the single, most moronic, comment I’ve ever read here.

      1. Rons47

        Yes I have to agree with you Ford is in the best financial position in my memory due to these very competent engineers and designers

    2. Everyday Patriot

      Just curious…..
      Are you so incredibly insecure that you have to attack everyone and everything here?
      I’ve not read any positive comment from you about any person, vehicle, service, stock price, ANYTHING, on fordauthority.
      FFS, reach higher.
      You’ll feel better.

  4. truth speaker

    that thing sucks, it’s just a winch and a snorkel and you can only get the underpowered 4 banger engine. ford is turning into tesla with reveal after reveal yet they can’t deliver on their bread and butter vehicles. have a buddy that ordered a bronco a year ago and it isn’t even scheduled to be built yet. I’m trying to get a GT500 and it’s easier to get a kidney at this point.

    1. David Dickinson

      The shocking bit about the snorkel is that it is coming from the manufacturer directly. When I first saw it, I couldn’t believe they got it past the corporate lawyers who were certainly doing hand-wringing worrying about people actually using it for its intended purpose and then suing Ford. In the age of “Warning: Coffee Hot,” I found a factory snorkel to be a very bold move.

  5. Kiet anh vo

    Why Ford have parts to produce the 2022 year ,at the same time they said we missing the semiconductor for Bronco do we believe this ,come on !!

  6. Adam

    Have had my reservation since July 19th 2020. Instead of promising things in the future, Why dont you deliver on your previous promises.


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