The refreshed 2022 Ford Focus was revealed last October with updated exterior styling, LED lighting, a new 13.2-inch infotainment screen, and SYNC 4. Interestingly, however, the Chinese-market 2022 Ford Focus boasts slightly different exterior styling, while Australia’s lineup offers fewer configurations than its European counterpart, too. Now, Autocar is reporting that the Australian 2022 Focus won’t come equipped with the aforementioned optional infotainment system at launch, too.
“As a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, one of our suppliers of parts for the updated Focus has indicated that they aren’t able to satisfy demand for parts,” Ford said in a statement. “These parts relate to the 13.2-inch SYNC 4 screen that is part of the updated Focus. Supply of these parts are being moved to a new location in Europe, but until this is up and running, the 13.2-inch screen with SYNC 4 will not be available to customers. We will continue to build the updated Focus with the 8.0-inch screen. We apologize to customers for the inconvenience that this will cause but trust they will understand the exceptional circumstances.”
This certainly isn’t the first time supply chain issues have forced Ford to slash production or remove features from new vehicles in an effort to speed up deliveries. Most recently, the automaker has idled production at a large number of its plants, including the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant for two weeks. Meanwhile, as Ford Authority reported last week, the 2022 Ford Explorer will also temporarily drop its second-row climate controls because of the chip shortage.
These problems aren’t expected to be rectified for at least six months and possibly through 2023, depending on whom one asks, as the chip shortage and various other supply chain issues continue to plague automotive production and prompt Ford to change the way it does business moving forward. In fact, Ford dealers were recently notified that they won’t be receiving new allocations until late May as a result of the ongoing shortage.