For several years, The Blue Oval has been steadily removing its windshield wiper de-icer feature from its lineup. As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2021 Ford Super Duty, 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, 2021 Ford Expedition, and 2024 Ford Maverick ditched the feature. Now, the company followed suit with the 2024 Ford Bronco Sport, which has also lost the feature too.
The feature, which is essentially a heated zone on the windshield located where the wiper blades rest, has been totally deleted from the 2024 Ford Bronco Sport lineup. For 2023, the windshield wiper de-icer came standard on the Outer Banks. The change represents one of many made for the 2024 model year Sport. For starters, the Base trim was dropped entirely, leaving Big Bend as the cheapest Bronco Sport. But there have been additions to the lineup too, most notably the addition of the Free Wheeling trim, which is a nod to the retro Bronco aesthetic of the 1970s. To capitalize on current trends, a Black Appearance Package has also joined the lineup. Finally, the Sport has added Azure Gray and Desert Sand colors to its portfolio.
While the 2024 Ford Bronco Sport no longer offers the feature, there remains hope that tech related to heating front windshields may once again make their way into future Ford vehicles. Based on patent filings, the company is working on a heated wiper fluid bottle, in addition to heated wiper blades.
In any event, order banks for the latest Bronco Sport are now open. Currently, the Bronco Sport remains a solidly popular vehicle for the automaker, with sales up 13 percent in Q2 2023 and eight percent for the first half of this year. A third shift has been added to the Hermosillo Assembly plant to ramp up Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick production.