it looks like replacing your next-generation ford's windshield might set you back a pretty penny—that is, if ford brings the windshield shown in its recent patent filings into production. the new patent, shown on a ford mustang, describes what ford calls a "vehicle roof bow" that separates the windshield and the rear glass panel. you might think: that's just called a top. and you'd be technically correct, but the top has shrunk dramatically because of the expansive windshield.
the new windshield looks similar to tesla's windshield on the model x, save for the added structure of the roof bow. essentially this windshield design eliminates the need for a panoramic sunroof because it's baked into the windshield.
it's hard to say what vehicle this new windshield design would launch with, but considering the patent drawings clearly show a mustang, the next-gen mustang might be a good candidate. we hope ford at least digs into its archives and brings back the skyliner badge for the radical design.
there's always a chance that this patent never sees production, although, with designs continually pushing barriers of available technology, we wouldn't be shocked to see a ford with this design sometime in the next few years. until then, you can head to the mach-e club to see more of these patent drawings.
h/t: ford mach-e club