It was bad news Dec. 4 for Ford Bronco fans.
The Blue Oval sent word to its dealership network that pretty much every aspect Bronco life---from ordering to production---is delayed because of coronavirus complications. The much-anticipated off-roader will now reach dealerships in the summer instead of spring.
A Ford spokesperson confirmed the news with Motor1.com in the following statement.
"All new Bronco two-door and four-door customer deliveries will begin in the summer rather than the spring due to COVID-related challenges our suppliers are experiencing," the statement said. "We are committed to building Broncos with the quality our customers expect and deserve."
There's a bit more to it than just a delay in reaching dealerships. Automotive News reports ordering is also delayed, with banks now set to open in mid-January instead of this month. Additionally, the final date for changing those orders is pushed back to mid-March instead of the end of January.
The changes also mean Broncos with the Sasquatch package and a manual transmission---a late addition Ford injected into the options list---won't arrive until late 2021 as a 2022 model. Motor1.com confirmed this timeline with an anonymous source.
Details on the exact nature of the delays are unknown, though Ford does highlight issues within the supply chain. In the meantime...