In recent months, the chip shortage and other supply constraints have wreaked havoc on automotive production, prompting Ford to drop a number of features from a wide variety of its vehicles – some temporary, and some more permanent. This includes the 2022 Ford Bronco, which is no longer available with paint protection film from the factory, while Ford stopped taking orders for its rugged SUV for the 2022 model year back in February as its production capacity is already maxed out. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2022 Ford Bronco lineup is ditching its factory navigation system starting next month, too.
The 2022 Bronco lineup will lose its optional factory navigation system option beginning with Job 2 production, which applies to all models built on or after May 2nd, 2022, though that date is subject to change. This feature is currently available as an option on Big Bend, Black Diamond, and Badlands trims as part of the Mid Package (222A equipment group) and is standard on Badlands trims equipped with the High (333A) or Lux Package (334A), as well as Outer Banks and Wildtrak trims. Factory navigation is not available on Base-trimmed Bronco models.
This change is officially presented as “Navigation Removal” and has been assigned the 59D order code, though it’s required, which means that factory navigation has effectively been removed from the 2022 Ford Bronco lineup altogether. However, based on how Ford has made this particular change, it’s likely that it’s only temporary as a result of the chip shortage.
On the same token, it doesn’t appear likely that Ford dealers will be able to add this feature at a later date, which has been the case with other models, including the Ford Explorer – which has temporarily lost its rear-seat climate controls, and Active Park Assist 2.0, which has recently been removed from the 2022 Ford F-150, 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E EV crossover, 2022 Ford Expedition SUV, and 2022 Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV. However, owners will still be able to use their phones for navigation via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is standard on all Bronco trims.