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Ford Bronco Painted Modular Hard Top Delayed To 2022 Model Year

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Last fall, Ford announced that the 2021 Ford Bronco painted modular hard top would be a late availability option that wouldn’t arrive until later in the 2021 model year. At that time, Ford said that it made the decision to delay the Bronco painted modular hardtop to reduce production complexity, which would allow it to produce as many units as possible at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant.

However, Ford announced today that the painted modular hard top will now not be available for the 2021 model year whatsoever, as the option has been delayed to the 2022 model year. The automaker said that the delay stems from issues with its roof supplier, Webasto, which is the same reason the launch of the 2021 Bronco was originally delayed from spring to summer. Customers have until April 8th to make changes to their orders in light of the roof delay.

The painted top was originally supposed to come as standard equipment on Bronco Wildtrak and First Edition trims, but now those buyers will be stuck with the base molded-in color (MIC) hard top unless they opt to wait or purchase the painted top separately when it launches next year.

Ford initially lowered the starting MSRP of the Wildtrak and First Edition by $1,895 – the full retail price of the Bronco painted modular hardtop. Now, the automaker will give certain affected customers up to $1,000 in FordPass points and price protection for those that are forced to wait for the 2022 model year.

Additionally, all U.S. Ford Bronco customers will receive a $250 voucher for the Bronco Off-Roadeo off-road driving school, and as we reported earlier this week, the automaker has also made the previously optional $495 sound deadening standard or no-cost equipment on MIC hardtops. However, the sound deadening will now come standard on all hard tops in light of this most recent delay.

We’ll have more on the Bronco very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Bronco news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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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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Comments

  1. Nik

    When Ford actually releases the Bronco, it’ll be less optioned than a model A. This is a supply chain joke and reflects poorly on the brand. How much more scuttling can Ford do before people start to drop their orders?

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    1. Mortimer Duke

      Yeah. Not like there’s a pandemic playing hell with suppliers during one of Ford’s most complex product launches ever or anything. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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      1. John

        Or a container ship full of auto parts stuck in the Suez Canal blocking a container ship full of auto parts blocking…..you get the picture.

        Henry the First would never have settled for a delay in the supply chain but would have purchased his own woods for bodies and trim, planted his own soybeans for plastic dashboards, established entire communities around the raw product for his own tires (although failed), or installed his own extra stamping and paint facilities to produce his own painted roofs.

        Meanwhile, I will wait my turn as there is no fourth option, of receiving the Bronco as ordered but shipping with only the soft top and the painted roof to be supplied later by the dealership

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        1. Bruce Holberg

          John…this has the ring of common sense! Congratulations.

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