As we reported late last year, Job 1 2021 Ford Bronco production is currently scheduled to begin at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant on May 3rd. As is always the case, this date is subject to change, and it very well could in light of the global chip shortage and various COVID-19 related production issues. However, early 2021 Ford Bronco production will begin much sooner than that.
In fact, early 2021 Ford Bronco production – examples that will be used as press vehicles, dealer demos, and various other purposes – will actually begin in roughly one month, on Monday, March 29th. As of right now, it’s unclear if this date will affect Job 1 production, however, it’s worth noting that the 2019 Ford Ranger launch happened a bit early as its Okay To Buy (OKTB) order was issued prior to Job 1 production, though they normally happen around the same time.
Regardless, the 2021 Ford Bronco earned its final federal certifications at the end of last week, which means that all examples built moving forward are legal to sell to the public. The Michigan Assembly Plant is now entering its “Pre-Mass Production” phase and building Broncos on second shift. This means that in roughly one month, real production Broncos will be rolling off the assembly line, which is exciting news.
As we reported recently, Ford produced a total of 99 pre-production Broncos at MAP in January alone, a few of which were sadly destroyed by a trailer fire. Regardless, the long, multi-year wait Ford Bronco fans have endured for the rugged SUV to return is finally entering the home stretch, which means we’ll be seeing the iconic model back on the roads again very soon.