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2021 FORD BRONCO LAUNCH DELAYED UNTIL SUMMER NEXT YEAR

And The Manual-Sasquatch Combo Is Delayed Until 2022 Model Year

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With the spike in COVID cases and the ripple effect that was bound to ensue, America’s most anticipated vehicle launch has been delayed. The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV will now begin rolling off the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan starting Summer 2021. This moves the timeline back a season, as the original plan was to launch the reborn icon in Spring of 2021. The smaller 2021 Bronco Sport, meanwhile, is currently in production.

“The 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,” spokesman Jiyan Cadiz said to The Detroit News. “We are committed to building Broncos with the quality our customers expect and deserve.”

However, there’s some silver lining here: the Ford Bronco First Edition will offer a black leather interior, for those who don’t want the blue.

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Ford wouldn’t elaborate with further details about what the supply issues were, or which suppliers were affected. Nevertheless, COVID continues to hamstring the auto industry. Back in March, the 2021 Ford Bronco reveal was canceled, where it was eventually revealed online in June.

As a result, ordering for 2021 Ford Bronco reservation holders will begin in mid-January rather than on Dec. 7, as initially planned, further corroborated by dealer memos, posted on the Bronco 6G Forum. Those who have placed orders now have until March 19 to finalize dealer selection, place their order, and agree to a selling price.

Unfortunately the bad news doesn’t stop there. The 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch package with manual transmission will now move to model year 2022. The combination was announced a few months ago after rabid demand from customers, who went as far to start a Change.Org petition to include a manual transmission with the Ford Bronco Sasquatch.

Such hand-raising caught the attention of Ford Motor Company, who have otherwise had an incredibly busy year of revealing and launching new and highly important products. Besides the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport, the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 is hitting dealerships, while the all-electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E is expected to begin its launch in the coming weeks, pending any COVID-19 hiccups.

It’s immediately unclear if this delay in the timeline affects the launch of the Ford Bronco Warthog.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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