Ford is dialling up the throwback styling of the Bronco and Bronco Sport with new 1960s-inspired trims.
Available on both two- and four-door versions of the big Bronco, as well as the baby Bronco that’s based on the Ford Escape, two Heritage Edition trims dive deep into the history books with white accents and unique badging that call back to the original Bronco that bowed in 1966.
Big Bronco Goes Bold
The full-size Bronco — and the two-door in particular — already made its inspiration known through styling cues like its headlights and grille lettering, but the Heritage and Heritage Limited packages take it all the way back to the swinging ‘60s with a white roof and grille, as well as wheels and body-side striping. Finishing off the exterior look are Bronco wordmarks on the fenders — stylized graphics on the Heritage; badges on the Heritage Limited — and Ford lettering across the grille finished in red.
Five paint colours will be available, all of which look to play up a palette that was popular nearly six decades ago. The 2023 Bronco Heritage Limited will only be offered in Robin’s Egg Blue in its first year. The Bronco Heritage Edition features plaid seats as well as a white instrument panel and console badging, while the Heritage Limited adds some red accents inside to go with its own interior badging and upgraded leather and vinyl upholstery (still plaid).
The Heritage Edition is based on the Bronco Big Bend and features a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. It can be mated to either seven-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions, while the available Sasquatch package upgrades a whole bunch of components to make it more capable off-road. Electronic locking axles front and rear, 35-inch mud-terrain tires, and beefier suspension components round out the upgrades.
The Heritage Limited, meanwhile, builds on the Badlands and gets a 2.7L twin-turbo V6 that makes 330 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. It only comes with the 10-speed automatic transmission, but the Sasquatch package can also be optioned for increased capability on the trail.
Redefining the Cute ’Ute
The Ford Bronco Sport was already a stylish little machine, but the retro-inspired Heritage packages make it a real looker. Similar to its larger siblings, it gets white accents like wheels, badging, grille, and roof. The top isn’t removable like it is on the full-size Bronco, but the white finish really makes it pop against the contrasting pillars and painted body. Seven paint choices will be offered on the Bronco Sport Heritage, while the Heritage Limited will be offered in three: Robin’s Egg Blue, Yellowstone Metallic, and Peak Blue.
The Heritage Edition gets power from a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque, while the Badlands-based Heritage Limited gets a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder that spins up 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It also gets an upgraded all-wheel drive system and some extra drive modes.
Canadian pricing and on-sale dates have yet to be announced, but a Ford spokesperson confirmed these retro-inspired rides will be available on this side of the border.