As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, 2021 Ford Bronco production is officially underway at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant. This is great news for at least a portion of the 125,000 reservation holders that converted them to orders over the last few months, though production continues to be affected by supply chain constraints. And that might also have something to do with the fact that this secure 2021 Ford Bronco storage lot Ford Authority spotted five miles outside of MAP with security and lights on each side is holding numerous examples of the rugged off-road SUV.
There are quite a few seemingly finished models sitting in this 2021 Ford Bronco storage lot. However, it’s unclear why they’re parked here. It’s possible that these Broncos are waiting on semiconductor chips or other parts. That likely doesn’t include the ever-elusive molded-in color hardtop, as most of these Broncos are equipped with a soft top, and the dual-top option (along with the Shadow Black-painted hardtop) has been delayed to 2022.
It’s unclear how many Broncos will be produced over the coming weeks and months, as much of that will be dictated by the supply chain. Currently, Ford is having trouble securing hardtops but is also experiencing higher-than-expected demand for Wildtrak and Badlands trims, the Sasquatch Package, Tow Package, and 2.7L EcoBoost V6.
Some order holders have received scheduled for production emails with VINs and estimated production dates in recent weeks, but others recently received an email update informing them that Ford cannot provide them with any specific delivery window. On the bright side, this email also noted that those still waiting for a production email will get priority access to the Bronco Off-Roadeo.
Ford is currently investing millions of dollars to fix its hardtop supplier problem, but it’s an issue that admittedly won’t be fixed overnight. Thus, in the meantime, those that ordered a Bronco with a hardtop or one of the aforementioned trim levels or option packages will likely be waiting a bit longer than the rest to take delivery.
After this piece was published, automotive outlet The Drive followed up on our reporting by getting confirmation from Ford that the lot is simply a staging area where the fully-assembled vehicles sit before getting shipped to dealers.