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2023 Ford Bronco Adds Optional Shadow Black-Painted Modular Hardtop

Way back when the sixth-generation Ford Bronco debuted for the 2021 model year, Wildtrak and First Edition trims were slated to come with a standard Shadow Black-painted modular hardtop. However, Ford sent an email to reservation holders prior to the SUV’s launch informing them that this particular feature would be a late availability option, and it was later delayed to the 2022 model year, though the painted hardtop still isn’t available. Now, it seems as if the Shadow Black-painted hardtop will indeed be available on the 2023 Ford Bronco, according to a leak posted by a Bronco6G member recently.

Ford has battled hardtop woes in regards to the Bronco since its launch, which is what caused a delay for the new model in the first place. Since then, it has also dealt with not only availability issues, but also quality problems stemming from those same tops, which are produced by a supplier called Webasto. With all of that apparently sorted, it seems as if the 2023 Ford Bronco will finally mark the first time the painted hardtop option has been available to customers.

This isn’t the only update in the works for the 2023 Ford Bronco, however, Most notably, those include the launch of the all-new Heritage Edition and Heritage Limited, which feature a host of retro-inspired styling cues designed to pay homage to the original 1966 model. Order banks for the new Heritage Edition opened up when that new model was revealed, though Ford will only build 1,966 total units of the Limited model for the 2023 model year. Heritage and Heritage Limited variants of the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport will also be available, while both will be sold beyond this model year as well.

2023 Bronco order banks are slated to open up today, August 29th, 2022, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month, though order banks will not open to new customers. Rather, initial orders will be prioritized for current Bronco order holders awaiting their vehicle as the automaker works to take care of customers that have been waiting some time to take delivery of their vehicle. Orders will then open to all customers next year, regardless of current reservation status.

We’ll have more on the Bronco soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. John Auer

    I believe the order bank for MY23 opens 9/12. The 8/29 date is supposedly for fleets.

  2. Wulfkar

    They shouldn’t open ANY order banks until ALL the tens of thousands of people waiting for more than a year for their orders are fulfilled!

  3. CyberOrange

    Lots of compromised trim options up and down the lineup. Ford marketing always finds a way to screw with the design and what customers want. First Edition = no Baja mode Wildtrak’s = no manual or sway bar disconnect. Order a Cyber Orange and get blue trim handles? 6 different trim offerings at launch. Before all the 21 orders are even fulfilled Ford starts talking about Raptors and everglades editions. Just deliver a great vehicle and simple power train options users/customers can opt for. Interior CMF is a big miss. At launch you really had no idea what you were buying with the crappy 3D renders and running mules that ended up looking different from the actual vehicle. So shadow black still would have been nice, but who could really know anyway with the 3D renderings. Was it really so hard getting good product photography at launch?


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