Ford was originally planning on commencing production of the Bronco Sport at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico on July 13th. But now, production has been delayed until September 7th as a result of the ongoing pandemic, reports Automotive News, citing sources supplier-side sources.
More colloquially known as the baby Bronco, the Ford Bronco Sport will be based on the Ford C2 platform shared with the 2020 Ford Escape, 2020 Lincoln Corsair, as well as the international-market 2019 Ford Focus. However, the Bronco Sport will look totally different from the Escape, with a vey upright, boxy design.
Power will come from a choice of two small-displacement, turbo-charged engines: Ford’s 1.5L I-3 Dragon engine will be the standard mill, while the ubiquitous Ford EcoBoost 2.0L I-4 will be optional. Both engines will likely be mated to Ford’s new 8-speed automatic transmission co-developed with General Motors. At launch, five trim levels will be on tap, including base, Big Bend, Outer Banks, Badlands, and First Edition.
We’ve already shown you parts of the interior in spy shots, and have recently provided more details about the layout of the cockpit, including the fact that it will be offered with a few bright accent colors.
In March, we got our best look yet at a completely-undisguised Ford Bronco Sport thanks to an internet leak, which showed the vehicle without any camouflage. The vehicle features very short front and rear overhangs, blacked-out pillars, and a step-up in the roofline – making for quite a rugged-looking crossover.
Meanwhile, Ford’s original plan involved commencing production of the larger, body-on-frame Bronco in the beginning of the 2021 calendar year, but COVID-19 could end up pushing those plans back.