Built Ford Fluff: SEMA Bronco shows cool accessories you can’t actually buy
|driving.ca 20 Nov 2020 at 13:31|
This year’s SEMA show in Vegas, an annual soirée in the desert featuring miles of aftermarket parts and custom vehicles, was moved entirely online thanks to the continued scourge of disease and pestilence that plagues many areas of the continent.
Now called SEMA360, it provided the opportunity for manufacturers to draw out their reveals longer than a dramatic death in an old-fashioned Western flick.
Nevertheless, Ford revealed a brace of Broncos last night, more than two weeks after the start of SEMA360. Chief among the concepts is this Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door, laden with some accessories that are readily available and some which are still firmly in the design stage.
Taking a page from the Book of BentleyTM, which created a series of Bentayga SUVs for various leisure activities like hunting and crocheting tea towels horse racing, this concept is built around one of the Bronco program’s customer-use scenarios. Here, a comfortable Monday-through-Friday Bronco has been converted for a weekend of extreme off-roading, and then back to stock Badlands spec for the week ahead.
Of interest is a unique process that enabled the concept to have swappable front fenders and rear quarters. Said to be an easy install before hitting the trail, these concept accessory parts are made from impact-ready materials that replace stock painted parts. The general idea with these removable panels is that one can protect the machine on which they are making monthly payments but still enjoy its off-road capability.
Alert readers will note this Bronco’s side portals, showing up here as a throwback cue to the first-generation Bronco U13 Roadster model built from 1966 to 1968, a workhorse of which it is said roughly 200 remain.
This concept you see here features a tough stepover replacement panel in place of real doors, providing what Ford calls “maximum thrill and open-air feeling” compared to traditional doors.
While these are crazy good details, the chances of these U13-style doors making production is virtually slim-to-none. After all, Ford showed but then cancelled a set of ‘donut doors’ possibly thanks to challenges with crash-testing. If doors with holes in them didn’t pass muster, no doors at all likely won’t either. However, I welcome the opportunity to be wrong in this particular case.