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Bronco Black-Painted Modular Hardtop Won’t Be Available At Launch

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Those who reserved a 2021 Ford Bronco in either Wildtrak or First Edition trim were originally expecting their vehicles to come standard with Ford’s Black-Painted Modular Hardtop. However, the automaker has sent out an email to reservation holders which contains a bit of bad news. Turns out, the Bronco Black-Painted Modular Hardtop is now a late availability option that won’t arrive until later in the 2021 model year.

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Two-Door With High Gloss Black Painted Modular Roof

Now, Ford Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition reservation holders have two options. First, they can either wait until the Bronco Black-Painted Modular Hardtop arrives later in the year, or they can substitute it for the Molded-In Color Hardtop. Ford has also lowered the starting MSRP of the Wildtrak and First Edition as a result of this change, which drops the price $1,895 – the full retail price of the Bronco Black-Painted Modular Hardtop.

2021 Ford Bronco Outer Banks Four-Door With Carbonized Grey MIC Top

When the Bronco 2‑ and 4‑door order conversion process begins in December, reservation holders will be given the choice of ordering the Molded‑In‑Color Hardtop or waiting for the Black‑Painted Modular Hardtop when it becomes available. The reservation holder’s time stamp will continue to be honored, so they won’t lose their place in line.

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The purpose behind this change, according to Ford, is to reduce production complexity and ensure quality. This will help the automaker move the Bronco’s assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant at full speed, so it can produce as many units as possible to fill orders as quickly as possible.

2021 Ford Bronco Badlands Four-Door With Black Cloth Soft Top Roof

Moving certain options to late availability is nothing new, of course, and several 2021 Ford F-150 options have been pushed back since its reveal as well. However, there is one big notable difference between the Bronco’s modular top and molded-in top that could be a deal-breaker for buyers.

While the molded-in top retains removeable driver and passenger first row and second row sections as well as the rear cap functionality, the modular top allows for the removal of the rear-quarter glass in Bronco 2- and 4-doors models, and, on 2-door models only, adds another panel to the rear cap.

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In addition to this news, Ford also announced that the much-anticipated White Modular Painted Hard Top is currently planned to be introduced during the 2022 model year. The Body-Color-Matched Modular Painted Hard Top is also on the way, with an introduction planned during the 2022 model year.

We’ll have much more on the Bronco very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Starting to look I’ll be able to help Ford streamline initial production because I’ll probably be holding off until MY22 to see if the amazing white interior from that “Bait-and-Switch” Cactus Grey concept comes available. I also want the white top. I’d love the Mid-Pack in a manual and will not be bullied into a Badlands to get it. For me, every major milestone for this Bronco release has been an opportunity for Ford to bum me out.

  2. Offering only one color in a top tier model is unacceptable: especially if it’s black. Black shows every spec of dust and dirt in an everyday suburban commute scenario, never mind an off-road excursion. Remove the top in a sunny and dirt road environment? Forget it. You’ll be sitting in a hot, dusty oven.

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