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.)
The 2021 Ford Bronco will be available in both two- and four-door body styles, and with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder and V-6 engines. A manual transmission with a crawler gear is also available, including with the off-road-focused Sasquatch package—a pairing that wasn’t originally on the menu, but which Ford added due to consumer (and media) pressure. Unfortunately, the manual ‘Squatch has also been further delayed, from next summer to sometime in the 2022 model year. A range of on- and off-road accessories will also be available as the Bronco is pitched against the stalwart Jeep Wrangler in the 4×4 segment.
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.