Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.Why do people keep getting angry at features making it from one vehicle to the next?? Jeep isn't the only one with aux switches. Jeep isn't the only one with a disconnectable sway bar. The hardtop panels, how else do you expect them to latch it? There are only so many ways to do things properly. Shut up with this "OMG THEY COPIED JEEP" BS. It's tired and idiotic. What's next? OMG IT HAS A SPARE ON THE BACK AND 4 WHEELS THEY COPIED JEEP!
There is an “correct” way to do things, obviously Jeep figured it out with the freedom panels. If it doesn’t violate any patents then Ford is free to copy it vs coming up with a worse solution. Same thing with the spare tire camera.
BTW, one of the “in the know” people over at the Bronco forum said that the Bronco team was obsessed with the JL when it came out, and went through it with a fine tooth comb. Apparently they thought Jeep did a great job with a lot of the improvements, but didn’t go far enough/ had areas of opportunity.