Save for the one-year-only First Edition and the limited-edition Heritage Limited, the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands represents the top of that particular model’s lineup, a crossover that’s equipped with all kinds of features and options. Specifically, the Badlands is designed to be a competent off-roader with some interesting features – including its twin-clutch all-wheel drive system with a differential lock. The Badlands also comes equipped with the larger, more powerful 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine, and we get a good feel for how the Bronco Sport exhaust sounds on that particular model via the video below.
While the base engine for this budget crossover is the turbocharged 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost that produces a mere 181 horsepower, the 2.0L I-4 generates far more – 245 horsepower, which flows to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. While it may not exactly sound like some kind of sports car, the Bronco Sport exhaust on this Badlands model does emit a far more pleasant tone than the base I-3, at least.
Now entering its fourth model year of production, the 2024 Bronco Sport is set to receive a few changes, though its powertrain options carry over as-is. Those include the fact that the SecuriCode keyless keypad is now a dealer-installed option rather than a factory one, and the 2024 Ford Bronco Sport also dropped four exterior colors for the new model year (while gaining two others), its windshield wiper de-icer, and the entry-level Base trim. Meanwhile, the crossover is adding two new packages for 2024 – the Black Appearance Package and the retro-themed Free Wheeling Package.
While the Black Appearance Package adds a host of darkened trim to the rugged crossover, the new Free Wheeling Package is more of a retro nod to the past. That particular offering adds reflective red, orange, and yellow gradient graphics on the hood, sides, and liftgate, along with painted Shadow Black steel wheels with red accents, a Shadow Black roof, a silver-painted grille with two-tone Bronco badging, as well as a modified lower front end insert, plus sunset-colored seat inserts inside the cabin.