Will it be a better deal than the full-fat Bronco?
The Ford Bronco Sport may not be as good off-road as its bigger brother, but it has a lot going for it. The sales figures for the Sport are not that far behind the full-fat Bronco as more people discover they don't have to go the whole nine yards to do the school run.
The little Bronco is also more capable off-road than any other crossover in its class, and the 2023 model will be even better. If you order the all-new Black Diamond Off-Road package, that is. Ford is really going all out with affordable off-roaders in the coming months.
According to Ford sources, the 2023 Bronco Sport will be available with this new package named after a Bronco trim level.
This package will only be available as an option on the Big Bend and Outer Banks models. The 2022 models are priced at $30,530 and $34,450, respectively. That's if you're lucky enough to get one and aren't willing to pay exorbitant dealer markups.
It has to be ordered with the Class II Trailer Package, which currently retails for $690.
The Black Diamond Off-Road Package will include unique graphics, 17-inch Carbonized Gray aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, and underbody protection. The report does not state how much underbody protection will be included, but it will likely be the same metal bash plates used on the Badlands trim.
Ford has not yet said when the 2023 Bronco Sport will go into production or when the order books will open.
The 2022 models are still available to order, though Ford provides a warning on its website stating that certain models are unavailable due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. Ford already bumped 2022 Maverick orders to 2023. Ford plans to combat the chip crisis, essentially making more deals with chip manufacturers. It's unclear how long it will take to get the various assembly lines running at total capacity.
As Ford is busy finalizing packages for the Bronco Sport, we don't think it will be too long before the order books open for the 2023 Bronco Sport.