Following last year’s Bronco OG and Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig concepts, the new Bronco Riptide project vehicle is designed for spontaneous outdoor adventures, Ford said, with no roof, doors removed and replaced with tubular doors, and surfboard rack and boards above.
“For this Bronco Riptide project, we imagined a customer who enjoys the open air and a free-spirited West Coast lifestyle,” said Missy Coolsaet, Bronco color and materials designer. “We wanted the vehicle to demonstrate how Bronco customers can personalize their vehicle, letting different types of customers visualize what they might want to do with their future Bronco.”
The Velocity Blue exterior is meant to evoke tropical ocean hues and is equipped with durable marine-grade vinyl-trimmed seats in Black Onyx and Dark Space Gray and rubberized washout flooring.
Based on the 2021 Bronco four-door with Sasquatch Package, the Bronco Riptide vehicle features 35-inch mud-terrain tires mounted to 17-inch factory wheels with optional Ford Performance beadlock rings, Dana AdvanTEK electronic-locking front and rear axles, a high-clearance suspension system with Bilstein position-sensitive long-travel shock absorbers, plus exclusive Bronco Terrain Management System.
Accessories used on Bronco Riptide include a Bestop mesh Bimini top, a Yakima bike rack with Santa Cruz mountain bikes and a RIGID LED lightbar and mirror-mounted off-road lights, in addition to a prototype front steel bumper.
The Bronco design team also came up with two prototype crossbars that are bolted to the sport bars.
The Bronco is powered by a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine with 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring Trail Control, Trail One-Pedal Drive and Trail Turn Assist.