We needed to wait many years for the return of the Ford Bronco SUV, and now we’re going to have to attend just a little bit longer. Ford has confirmed to MotorTrend the coronavirus pandemic and its related chaos has brought about a supply-chain subject that can push the 2021 Bronco launch to the top of subsequent summer time moderately than this coming spring, as initially deliberate.
A spokesman advised us, “Ford is dedicated to constructing Broncos with the standard our clients count on and deserve.” Ford declined to call the affected suppliers.
Clients can nonetheless build the Bronco of their dreams on Ford’s web site—we did!—however official orders from reservation holders are actually not being accepted till the center of January, a delay of roughly a month. These orders will now have the ability to be finalized by March 19 moderately than on the earlier January deadline. (For those who’re one of many fortunate few who has a reservation—and even in the event you’re not—take a look at what to anticipate in our First Ride review.)
The 2021 Ford Bronco shall be out there in each two- and four-door physique types, and with a selection of turbocharged four-cylinder and V-6 engines. A guide transmission with a crawler gear can be out there, together with with the off-road-focused Sasquatch package—a pairing that wasn’t initially on the menu, however which Ford added due to consumer (and media) pressure. Sadly, the guide ’Squatch has additionally been additional delayed, from subsequent summer time to someday within the 2022 mannequin 12 months. A range of on- and off-road accessories may also be out there because the Bronco is pitched in opposition to the stalwart Jeep Wrangler within the 4×Four section.
Whereas the big-boy Bronco is delayed, Ford’s launch of the Bronco Sport—a smaller, front-drive-based off-roader that makes use of the identical structure because the Escape—has been unaffected, and people SUVs are at sellers now.