UPDATE 3/29/21: Given the various supply chain challenges facing all automakers, perhaps it’s not surprising that certain Ford Broncos have been delayed further as of late March, according to Automotive News. Issues with a supplier of hard tops, Webasto, is causing additional delays to some Broncos, pushing them into the 2022 model year. The issue affects two types of tops for the Bronco: the “modular painted” hard top and the “dual roof” option. According to the report, owners whose Broncos have been delayed will be compensated with $1,000 worth of some combination of Ford Pass rewards points, vehicle accessories, and the like. Hard top customers will get a $450 sound-deadening headliner for free, and all Bronco customers will get a $250 voucher for Ford’s off-road driving school. There is no projected new date for delivery of the affected vehicles. The original story from December 2020 regarding the Bronco’s initial delay is below.
We had to wait decades for the return of the Ford Bronco SUV, and now we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer. Ford has confirmed to MotorTrend the coronavirus pandemic and its associated chaos has caused a supply-chain issue that will push the 2021 Bronco launch to the end of next summer rather than this coming spring, as originally planned.
A spokesman told us, “Ford is committed to building Broncos with the quality our customers expect and deserve.” Ford declined to name the affected suppliers.
Customers can still build the Bronco of their dreams on Ford’s website—we did!—but official orders from reservation holders are now not being accepted until the middle of January, a delay of approximately a month. Those orders will now be able to be finalized through March 19 rather than at the previous January deadline. (If you’re one of the lucky few who has a reservation—or even if you’re not—check out what to expect in our First Ride review.)
While the big-boy Bronco is delayed, Ford’s launch of the Bronco Sport—a smaller, front-drive-based off-roader that uses the same architecture as the Escape—has been unaffected, and those SUVs are at dealers now.
This story was originally published on December 4, 2020, and has been updated with the latest information.