The Ford Bronco Sport debuted for the 2021 model year as a more rugged, off-road capable crossover with a reasonable price tag and plenty of heritage behind its nameplate. Since then, the Bronco Sport has been treated to nothing more than minor updates from year to year, including the typical color additions and deletions, as well as some shuffling of the trim level lineup and the addition of new variants and packages. Now, however, Ford Authority has spotted what looks to be a 2025 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands model out testing with some interesting features.
The most obvious thing one will notice about this possible 2025 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands prototype is its jacked-up ride height, as the crossover is clearly riding quite a bit higher than any existing model in the lineup. Underneath, that extra ride height is taken advantage of by a set of beefy-looking tires, which certainly complement the crossover’s more rugged intentions. As such, it’s possible that this prototype signals Ford is thinking about creating a new, more capable version of the Bronco Sport, perhaps even one that slots above the Badlands in that lineup. On the non-Sport Bronco, such a model is called Bronco Raptor.
Otherwise, there’s plenty of camo covering the front and rear portions of this Ford Bronco Sport, which is typically seen on prototypes bearing styling changes as part of a mid-cycle refresh. It’s difficult to discern any details as a result, but we can still see the familiar round headlights peeking through that camo, which are likely complemented by some updates to the lighting, grille, and/or front bumper that could also be mimicked out back with a revised tailgate, taillight, and/or bumper design. We can also see cameras on the side mirrors, which could indicate the presence of a 360-degree camera system.
As Ford Authority reported back in September 2021, a hybrid powertrain for the Bronco Sport has long been rumored to be in the works, which was previously expected to arrive for the 2024 model year. Regardless, the rugged crossover seems primed to stick around for a while into the foreseeable future, as another previous report suggested that the Bronco Sport will continue to ride on the on the Ford C2 platform through 2030, with a product end date of July 31st, 2031 – an 11-year production run, albeit one that should be buoyed by updates such as refreshes and redesigns along the way.