Ford is capturing a Southern California vibe with its newest Bronco concept vehicle.  The Ford Bronco Riptide concept is a tropical version of the popular compact SUV, which made a comeback in 2021.

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Ford Bronco Riptide Concept: Power & Style for Outdoor Adventures

The Riptide concept is a durable and powerful four-door SUV.   For this model, Ford included 35-inch all-terrain tires with a high-clearance suspension system and long-range shock absorbers.   The vehicle comes with the Bronco Terrain Management System, a specialized handling option that has seven modes for all types of terrain.

Engine, Drivetrain, & Body

Next, the Ford Bronco Riptide concept is fitted with a 2.7-liter Ford EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

Also, there’s also Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist, and Trail One-Pedal Drive.   One-Pedal Drive is a feature that brakes the vehicle whenever the driver takes their foot off of the accelerator.

Designed for off-roading, Ford built created the driving mode for rock crawling on extreme terrain. Additionally, beginners can use One-Pedal drive for help with braking on tough roads.

Trail Control also uses a single pedal, but it’s designed to be an off-road form of cruise control. Drivers can set the speed up to 20 MPH. The car will maintain the speed until the driver applies the brakes.

Looks-wise, the Ford Bronco Riptide concept borrows a few features from the Jeep Wrangler. The car doesn’t have doors, there’s no roof, and there’s an open-air trunk. Further, the SUV has marine-grade seats trimmed in Ford’s Velocity Blue.

Bronco Riptide Concept passenger front wheels turned uphill

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Ford Bronco Riptide Concept: Accessories

Outdoor enthusiasts can add a bunch of bonus features onto their Bronco.

First, there’s a mesh Bimini top, an LED light bar, and mirror-mounted off-road lights.  Further, Ford provides the option to add on a Yakima bike rack with Santa Cruz bicycles. Finally, the design team also created a special prototype for mounting racks on the Bronco’s soft-top roof.

The Ford Bronco Riptide concept isn’t the first Bronco concept car.

Because, Ford introduced the Bronco OG, a four-door SUV equipped with a roof tent, custom lighting, and complete food storage and eating area in the rear cargo space.  That concept car even had a refrigerator, water tank, and a table with chairs.

Bronco Riptide Concept roof rack with surf boards

Southern California Inspired Bronco Concept

Next, Ford collaborated with Filson to develop the Bronco + Filson Wildland Fire Rig.  Built to celebrate wildland firefighters, this SUV had a vintage U.S. Forest Service color scheme, a custom heavy-duty roof rack, quilted black leather seats, and firefighting equipment on board, including a hose, chainsaw, and water tanks.

Clearly, the Ford design team is having fun experimenting with different concepts involving the Bronco, such as the Ford Bronco Riptide concept. We look forward to seeing what they come up with next.


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