2021 Ford Bronco Delivery Date Pushed Back Thanks to COVID-19 Affected Delays
When online orders for the 2021 Ford Bronco opened in the summer of 2020, the demand was so great that the website crashed as thousands of potential customers rushed to submit their $100 refundable deposits for their own Ford Bronco SUV. Car and Driver confirmed that Ford has pushed back several scheduled events with the Bronco due to suppliers experiencing COVID-19 related issues. Orders were scheduled to reopen again on December 7, 2020 but have been delayed until mid-January.
The 2021 Ford Bronco was scheduled for its official production launch in Spring 2021 and has now been pushed to Summer 2021. As it stands, you can still build a new Bronco on Ford’s online configurator. Ford also stated that anyone with a reservation needs to finalize their Bronco build, select a dealer, agree on a price, and submit their order before March 19, 2022. This date has been extended from the previous January 31 deadline. One bright side is reservation holders now have more time to second guess the color choice on their new Ford Bronco.
However, people who reserved or ordered a new 2021 Ford Bronco in Sasquatch trim level with the optional manual transmission will have to wait even further as that production for those Broncos has been moved to a 2022 model year. The Sasquatch trim level on the Bronco is an off-road-focused package featuring 35-inch tires, an electronic transfer case with front and rear locking axles, heavy-duty Bilstein shock absorbers, larger fender flares. A 1.2-inch lift kit allows all these off-roading goodies under the Bronco’s chassis.
If you must own a Bronco now rather than later, the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is currently making its way to Ford dealerships. Of course, it is considered the smaller sibling to the full-size 2-door or 4-door Bronco, but reviews of the SUV have been positive.
According to Car and Driver review of the 2021 Bronco Sport in its more capable and expensive, Badlands off-road package offers a competent, rugged experience. It features a 245 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the Badlands package, the Sport Bronco features a one-inch lift kit with firmer shock absorbers, 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a locking differential, and Train Control driver assist feature. Car and Driver mentioned that while the little Bronco does a decent job off-road, it does have its limitations – as one would assume.
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