Ford Bronco Riptide is a Beach-Inspired Off-Road Beast

Chris Teague | Aug 17, 2021

The Ford Bronco is one of the most anticipated vehicles this year—perhaps even this decade. Even so, Ford has been busy with one-off vehicles that demonstrate the SUV’s customization options and flexible design. Last year, there was the Bronco OG and Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig. Today, a new model joins the stable. The Bronco Riptide project is a custom vehicle with tubular doors, a surfboard rack, and tropical ocean-inspired Velocity Blue paint.

Ford Bronco Riptide Concept Blue Side Profile View

Ford based the Riptide on a 2021 Bronco 4-door model equipped with the optional Sasquatch off-road package. The vehicle rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch mud-terrain tires with beadlock rings. Other hardcore off-road features include Dana AdvanTEK electronic-locking front and rear axles, Bilstein position-sensitive long-travel shocks, and the Bronco’s existing Terrain Management System with seven G.O.A.T modes (“Goes Over Any Terrain”).

Ford built the Riptide to showcase its extensive and growing catalog of factory-backed Bronco accessories. The automaker says that customers can add the cost of both factory- and dealer-installed accessories to their vehicle financing and pay for them over time with monthly payments. Factory accessories include:

  • Bestop mesh Bimini top
  • Yakima bike rack with Santa Cruz mountain bikes
  • Rigid LED lightbar and mirror-mounted off-road lights
  • Prototype front steel bumper

Beyond the added accessories and prototype features, the Bronco was already modular and flexible by design. The vehicle’s fenders are easily removable and replaceable so that owners who damage the bodywork off-road can head to the dealer and pick up a part without needing extensive repairs at a body shop. The vehicle also features prototype roof-mounted crossbars bolted to the sport bars that allow overhead racks to be mounted without interfering with the soft top.

The Riptide demonstrates the vast selection of accessories available to Bronco buyers already in possession of their new SUVs. However, hopeful buyers and those who have not yet taken delivery could be waiting a while to get behind the wheel. Healthy demand, pandemic and supply-chain-related production issues, and cosmetic problems with hardtop Bronco models have caused upcoming delivery dates to slip, which may push some orders into 2022.

Ford is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on August 17, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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