Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced the debut of the 2021 Bronco Riptide custom build vehicle, which was designed to evoke West Coast fun and includes a factory-backed accessory package with personalization in mind.
The new 4×4 vehicle trails last year’s introduction of the Bronco OG and Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig concepts. The new Bronco Riptide project vehicle allows drivers and passengers to take the roof off, remove and replace the standard doors with tubular doors, and utilize a surfboard rack.
The Velocity Blue exterior is meant to harken tropical ocean hues. The vehicle also offers durable marine-grade vinyl-trimmed seats in Black Onyx and Dark Space Gray, and rubberized washout flooring.
“For this Bronco Riptide project, we imagined a customer who enjoys the open air and a free-spirited West Coast lifestyle,” says 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.”
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 the exclusive Bronco Terrain Management System with seven G.O.A.T. Modes designed to help ensure Bronco goes over any type of terrain.
The vehicle showcases many Ford accessories available to retail customers at their dealer at time of purchase. Bronco customers can add the cost of factory- and dealer-installed accessories to their financing and roll it into their monthly payment.
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, a unique prototype front steel bumper gives the Bronco Riptide project vehicle added Built Wild durability and capability.
Like the two Almond surfboards inspired by surfers and craftsmen of all varieties, the Bronco design team came up with two prototype crossbars that are bolted to the sport bars to show how overhead racks can be easily mounted without interfering with the soft tops.
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, the Bronco Riptide vehicle blends torque and performance that fits with its nature-inspired design.
“Thanks to the Bronco modular design, we were able to outfit the vehicle with adventure gear that allows for freedom and versatility,” says Coolsaet. “Whether heading off to the mountains or along the California coast, the Bronco Riptide custom vehicle is ready for adventure.”
The all-new 2021 Bronco two- and four-door models are being delivered to order-holders now.
To learn more about Bronco two- and four-door and Bronco Sport, please visit Ford.com/Bronco.
*Trail One-Pedal Drive is an extra driving aid. It does not replace the driver’s attention and judgment, or the need to apply the brakes. See owner’s manual for details and limitations.