The ongoing pandemic, paired with some teething issues at roof supplier Webasto’s plant, contributed to a truncated production run for the 2021 Ford Bronco. However, with 2022 Ford Bronco set to start production in less than two weeks, more examples will hopefully soon be available for the hungry masses who want to purchase the off-road SUV. As Ford Authority previously reported, The Blue Oval will likely be steadily ramping up production through the end of next year, a likely indicator that supplies will remain limited in the short term. That said, according to Bronco Nation, the automaker recently informed dealers that customers should consider dropping several options off their order if they want to get their vehicles faster.
According to the memo, production at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant is set to steadily increase through February, and there are currently three options that will most likely prevent customer orders from being scheduled for that month. For starters, the Towing Capability package is among the trio, an equipment bundle that adds a 4-pin/7-pin connector and 2-inch receiver hitch to any Bronco but Base, where it’s unavailable. Ford currently charges $595 for the standalone package, which does not include a trailer brake controller, so buyers may be better off exploring aftermarket options if they want to get a 2022 Ford Bronco with all of those items as soon as possible. Additionally, the factory Paint Protection Film is another option that could delay production. While this type of protection is a decent option for owners, a competent Ford dealer will most likely be able to easily install a similar film on any Bronco, although it may end up costing more than the $295 that The Blue Oval charges for installation at the factory.
Finally, any four-door 2022 Ford Bronco order that includes the Molded-In-Color (MIC) hardtop will likely be pushed back beyond February, as the optional roofs have always been in short supply. As Ford Authority previously reported, quality issues prompted Ford to recall hardtop roofs that had already been installed on delivered units and secure additional replacements for models that hadn’t left the factory yet. That said, every soft-top model now comes fully prepped for the MIC roofs.
The good news is that some previously supply-constrained items are apparently not preventing orders from being scheduled for production. Earlier this year, big-ticket options like the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and the Sasquatch Package were among the list of options that were causing delays, but that no longer seems to be the case. In any event, buyers should talk with their local dealer for the latest info on 2022 Ford Bronco production.