Ford officially launched the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport back in November 2020. The next month, just over 5,000 examples found homes throughout the United States – a pretty encouraging sales figure for such a new model with rather limited availability. Now, Ford Authority has learned that certain options on the off-road-oriented crossover might be delayed by about a month.
According to sources familiar with 2021 Ford Bronco Sport production plans, the following features are currently running on a four-week-long delay at the Ford Hermosillo plant:
- Power moonroof – as featured in the Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands models
- Class II Trailer Tow Package – available on Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands models
- Two-Tone paint scheme (Gray painted roof) – available on Badlands
As of this writing, it is unclear why production of the three items are delayed, but the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport – like every other mass-produced vehicle – relies on an extensive and highly-complex supply chain, which COVID-19 has rendered even more fragile, although we cannot say if the current hiccups were cause by the pandemic itself, or some other issue. That said, it’s not atypical for a vehicle to face small production hurdles, especially at launch.
If there is any silver lining to the news, it’s that these delays do not affect all Bronco Sport models. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Base – which starts at $26,820 – remains completely unaffected. The base model is still packed with some decent features, like four-wheel drive featuring the G.O.A.T. Terrain Management System, a flip-up rear glass liftgate with two floodlights, Sync 3, and the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety features.
What the delay means is that it will take roughly four weeks longer to produce the units of the Bronco Sport with the aforementioned features. This applies for both, vehicles destined for dealer inventory or for customer orders placed by dealers.