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2023 Ford Bronco Sport: Here’s What’s New And Different

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport features a handful of changes and updates over its prior model year, with the most notable changes being the addition of the exclusive, throwback-themed Heritage and Heritage Limited models.

 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Model Line

With the addition of the Bronco Sport Heritage and Bronco Sport Heritage Limited, the off-road-ready crossover is now offered in six trim levels, beginning with the entry level Base trim, followed by Big Bend, Heritage, Outer Banks, Badlands and Heritage Limited.

As first reported by Ford Authority back in August of last year, the Bronco Sport gained the new Heritage series models, just like its big brother, the Ford Bronco. The Heritage and Heritage Limited Edition, which are based on the Big Bend and Badlands, respectively, are retro throwbacks to the 1966 Ford Bronco by bringing back things like a two-tone paint schemes, unique Ford lettering on the grille, aluminum heritage wheels, plaid cloth seats, Oxford White instrument panel, center console badging, along with front and rear floor liners among other features.

The Heritage Limited, meanwhile, adds other features such as unique console badging and Race Red accent stitching in the seats. As its name suggests, this variant will be produced in a very limited capacity, with just 1,966 units slated to be built in honor of the 1966 model year Bronco.

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Exterior

Two exterior color options have been dropped from the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport, while five new colors are now available.

Deleted colors:

  • Bronze Smoke Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic

Added colors:

  • Atlas Blue Metallic (B3)
  • Eruption Green Metallic (FA)
  • Robin’s Egg Blue (CW)
  • Peak Blue Metallic (KY)
  • Yellowstone Metallic (S6)

2022 Ford Bronco Sport in Velocity Blue Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Atlas Blue Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Atlas Blue Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Eruption Green Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Robin’s Egg Blue

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Peak Blue Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Yellowstone Metallic

2023 Ford Bronco Sport in Yellowstone Metallic

The Bronco Sport Heritage and Heritage Limited series models gain the new 17-inch Oxford White-painted aluminum wheels, which are exclusive to the Heritage line. Meanwhile, underbody protection is also optional on the new Heritage series models.

Finally, the rearview camera washer has been completely removed from the Bronco Sport lineup, after previously being available for the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport Big Bend and higher trim levels.

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Interior

Memory seats and sideview mirrors are now standard on the 2023 Ford Bronco Outer Banks, Heritage Limited and the Badlands Premium Package. Additionally, the Bronco Sport now offers the reduced capacity amp option when applicable.

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Mechanical

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport continues to be offered with a choice of two engine options. The first is the turbocharged Ford 1.5L I3 EcoBoost, which provides 181 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque, which is standard on the Ford Bronco Sport Base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Heritage and Heritage Limited trims. Meanwhile, the second engine option is the turbocharged 2.0L I4 EcoBoost engine, which is capable of 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and is found under the hood of the Bronco Sport Badlands.

Both engines bolt to FoMoCo’s eight-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel-drive is standard across all variants.

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Packages

The 2023 Ford Bronco Sport gains several packages, including the Black Diamond Off-Road Package. This package is available as an option on Big Bend and Outer Banks trimmed models, must be paired with the Class II Trailer Tow Package, and includes underbody protection, a special graphics package, the same 17-inch Carbonized Gray-painted low gloss aluminum wheels that were previously only available on the Bronco Sport Badlands, and 225/65 R17 all-terrain Continental tires.

Meanwhile, the 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Heritage and Heritage Limited gain the Heritage Convenience Package, which adds comfort features such as power adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a universal garage door opener (UGDO) and a wireless cellphone charging pad.

The Bronco Sport also gains several new graphics packages that add exclusive graphics to the rugged crossover’s exterior.

2023 Ford Bronco Sport Availability

The 2023 Bronco Sport is assembled at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly plant. Production of the 2023 model year began in early December 2022.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. J Man

    Mines been sitting at the dealer for 4 weeks now for the ABS module recall. Got called day off delivery that it’s on hold… zero update or ETA from Ford in a month.

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  2. Jim Harrison

    I have a 2023 Heritage Limited. How can I tell what it’s production number is out of the 1966?

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  3. Null98115

    Where’s the hybrid or PHEV editions?

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  4. Mike says...

    People will pay for just about anything it seems…. I doubt there will any forward cache resulting from these models.
    A splash of paint and some red stitching…. yikes

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  5. Joe Spade

    If you don’t like just stay off the site.

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    1. Mike says...

      Glad you don’t run Ford Joe.
      AS for the site participation, you are not always going to agree with the thoughts and opinions of other participants are you now?
      It wouldn’t be much of a blog if we only had you and your limited opinion to read about.
      Sorry if I hurt your feelings …. but really, give your head a shake.

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      1. RWFA

        Fortunately you’ve also got me to call out your periodic nonsense.

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        1. Mike says....

          Touché….

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  6. Stephen

    You can always have your Bronco Sport wrapped in any color you wish!

    Reply
  7. Outlook214

    I wonder how long it will take Ford to get every buyer who wants a “Bronco” Sport to buy one? The ONLY thing keeping these things relevant is the supply constraints. Dealer lots are filling up with these and sales are at the bottom of the segment. The Escape, which was nowhere near as well executed, has a bigger market than the Bronco Sport. Where does Ford go from here with the Sport? It was such a poor decision to call this thing a Bronco. It’s a nice, well executed and competent vehicle, but it should have been called something else. It will be left out to pasture and will be killed off by 2026 or 2027.

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    1. RWFA

      It will only be killed off because it will be replaced by a BEV successor.

      Reply
  8. RWFA

    Ford once studied a common platform for F-series and Econoline. Was called VPN127.

    FWD was one of the PT variants that was discussed.

    One of the strikes against FWD only was the reality that when you towed or filled the bed, the front tires would be unloaded and affect traction.

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