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2025 Ford Bronco Sport May Get Load-Bearing Attachment Point: Photos

We’ve known for some time now that the 2025 Ford Bronco Sport is set to usher in a mid-cycle refresh for the rugged crossover, which debuted for the 2021 model year. Ford Authority has spotted a few 2025 Ford Bronco Sport prototypes out testing in recent months as well, including what appeared to be a Badlands trimmed model wearing precisely zero camouflage, revealing a few interesting details pertaining specifically to that model. Now, a newly-spotted 2025 Ford Bronco Badlands prototype seems to indicate that the crossover may be getting another nifty new feature.

That new feature is what appears to be a 150-pound attachment point located in the fender vent, as we can clearly see in these photos. The fender vent itself has been present on the Bronco Sport since its launch, but to date, has served as nothing more than a styling feature. However, it now looks as if Ford plans to add some functionality to this component.

While previously-spotted 2025 Ford Bronco prototypes were out testing with the fender vents missing, this Badlands model contains a vertically-mounted metal piece inside the trim, with embossed lettering that reads “MAX 150LBS/68KG.” This seems to indicate that we’re looking at a load-bearing attachment point that could be used to mount all sorts of accessories, though what those might be are unclear at the moment.

In addition to this potential new feature, a previously-spotted 2025 Ford Bronco Badlands prototype also indicates that the rugged crossover will gain a set of rear tow hooks, which is notable because the current model only offers front tow hooks, plus a single recovery point out back.

Other notable updates for the 2025 Ford Bronco Sport include slightly revised headlight and front bumper designs, along with integrated skid plates in the front and rear, as we can clearly see on these prototypes, along with Goodyear tires rather than the 235/65R17 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain rubber that’s present on the current Badlands model, plus a 360-degree camera system.

In addition to these somewhat minor exterior styling updates, we also know that the 2025 Ford Bronco Sport mid-cycle refresh will bring about a few other changes to the relatively new model, including some interior revisions such as the addition of a larger infotainment screen.

We’ll have more on the 2025 Ford Bronco Sport soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco Sport news and comprehensive 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. David Dickinson II

    Tie down hooks for lateral security for long roof-mounted items like a canoe???

  2. JX

    If this is what Ford got for this ‘update’, sales will continue to tank…this walks the current balanced design backwards.

  3. Brad Barefoot

    Hey Ford … how about this idea. Offer the Bronco Sport in a front wheel drive variant, that way it can compete with the FWD Chevrolet Traverse. Cost wise you’ll save the customer at least $2,000,00 maybe more. Not everyone wants or needs 4-wheel-drive. We do however all need a roomy vehicle with some actual practical features … like say the humble former station wagons of the past. Some of us need a vehicle with the size of Bronco Sport, my wife needs a wheel chair sometimes when her Multiple Sclerosis flares up. Before anyone nails me and says buy the FWD Explorer … can’t afford the Explorer. And after having a wheel chain almost stolen and vandalized, the trailer hitch mount isn’t a option that’d I like to use. Currently we drive a 11 year old Ford C-Max Hybrid, been the best car I’ve ever owned, and has the room we need. Was going to buy a Ford Transit Connect, but someone made the foolish decision to stop selling those … as they did my C-Max. Ford you are about to lose me to another brand as I don’t really want a 4WD vehicle. What am I considering … a FWD Toyota Corolla Sport … take the hint Ford. Another reason, and a expensive one for not buying a All Wheel Drive from ANY manufacturer … with the computers actually governing the AWD, if you lose a tire … be ready to replace all 4 tires not just one as the new tire having more tread causes the computer to put more emphasis on the 3 older tires for traction … wearing out prematurely the AWD parts that are involved, usually within 2,000 to 3,000 miles


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