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Ford Files Another Patent For Gullwing-Style Door

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a gullwing-style door that may be used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 14th, 2021, published on March 12th, 2024, and assigned serial number 11926198.

Ford Patent Gullwing-Style Door

The Ford Authority Take

In addition to filling patents for ideas such as power side doors and automatic opening doors in recent months, Ford also filed another patent for gullwing-style doors last April, as Ford Authority previously reported. Now, that same filing has resurfaced yet again, lending even more credence to the belief that the automaker is seriously considering incorporating such a feature into a future model or models, it seems.

Ford Patent Gullwing-Style Door

As many Blue Oval fans are well aware, FoMoCo’s Lincoln Navigator concept that was revealed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show featured a gullwing-style door that’s quite similar to the one outlined in this patent, so such an idea isn’t exactly that new. That feature ultimately never made it to production – though much of the other styling features present on this concept did. If nothing else, this patent filing signals that The Blue Oval is thinking about bringing this particular feature to future Ford SUVs, and possibly other types of vehicles as well, which could make it much easier to get in and out of a vehicle when there are no pillars or doors in the way.

Ford Patent Gullwing-Style Door

What’s particularly interesting about this patent, however, is that the vehicles depicted in its drawings don’t have four separate doors or even two of the same type of units, but rather, one singular gullwing door on the passenger side, unlike like the Navigator concept, which had the same sort of opening on both sides The entire apparatus lifts up as one piece, making it presumably simpler while also creating a huge opening through which the passengers can enter and exit the vehicle. It’s an interesting idea for sure, and one that may very well make it to production, but we imagine that it would be limited to higher-end models, given its potentially high cost.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford patent news, Ford business 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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