The new Ford Bronco is making its way to dealers, albeit slowly, in no small part thanks to the global microchip shortage and/or COVID-related supplier issues. Specifically when it comes to ordering a a model with a modular hard-top roof. The circumstances have Ford Motor Company and customers alike already looking ahead to the 2022 model year because these growing pains. So to help iron things out, the 2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak will simply come with a standard soft-top roof.
Although the four-door Broncos will come standard with a soft-top, the prep kit for the hard-top will come included, and the previously standard hard-top option will still be in play.
The Real Ford Bronco Roof Problem
Ford says that some of the 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak molded-in-color (MIC) hard-tops have experienced de-lamination when exposed to extreme heat and humidity. Although this does not affect the functionality of the top in any way, it does affect the appearance. Ford sent out an awareness communication in accordance with the customer satisfaction program stating that all MIC hard-tops that suffered this problem will get replacement roof panels and new rear quarter glass installed or a new cap if necessary.
To make amends, Ford announced that all customers facing a delay with a MIC hard-top Bronco roof will now be enrolled in the Bronco Off-Roadeo program. This is somewhat of an interesting move, as the driving experience is already included in the sale of every full-size 2021 Ford Bronco model. Previously, the automaker promised to give all customers whose orders were pushed back to 2022 $1000 worth of FordPass points to spend on accessories of their choice.
Unscheduled Ford Bronco Hard-top Orders
If you ordered a 2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak hard-top and you still want to order it that way, there is no problem you need to know about. If you ordered one with a hard-top but you want to switch to a soft-top Bronco, you can still do so. But if you do that, whether you were scheduled to get yours in 2021 or 2022, the change will ultimately turn your delivery time to next year.
Ford’s decision comes from the idea of minimizing the complexity and the restrictions the hard-top was offering owners when it came to driving, in a sense, with the top down. Production of the 2021 Ford Bronco is otherwise expected to run into the late fourth quarter of this year.
Other 2022 Ford Bronco details include the addition of Eruption Green, pictured above, which will be available on every trim level.