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Unsurprisingly, Ford Is Making Adjustments To Its Future Product Timeline

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is due for a rescheduling because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Automotive News reports. The outlet states that the delay will push plans back by two months.

The Ford Bronco Sport, which shares its DNA with the mild mannered Ford Escape, will start rolling off assembly lines at the Ford Hermosillo, Mexico Assembly plant on September 7, nearly 60 days after the original July 13 launch schedule, according to supplier information obtained by Detroit-based outlet.

The coronavirus outbreak has shuttered manufacturing plants across North America, which goes without saying, has delayed highly anticipated products indefinitely. Even “pilot production” – or early production builds not destined for consumers – of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will not happen until the COVID-19 pandemic blows over. Originally, they were supposed to happen this month, as was the official reveal of the Ford Bronco Sport, during the week of the canceled New York International Auto Show.

The 2021 Bronco Sport is expected to hit the market fall ahead of the 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which is set to debut in early 2021. Ford is splitting the Bronco into a family of vehicles, like a brand, with the Bronco Sport acting as an entry level off-roader to compete with Subaru and the Jeep Cherokee. The 2021 Ford Bronco itself is affixed to a body on frame platform it will share with the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck, and will go toe-toe with the likes of the JL Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, and Land Rover Defender.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Vin Decoder. Image via BroncoSportTalk.

Revealing details of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport have been revealed in the meantime. Engines are to include a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo as the base engine, or a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo as the upgrade according to an NHTSA VIN decoder. Every Bronco Sport is expected to be fitted with all wheel drive. Moreover, the Bronco Sport will come in several different trim levels, including Outer Banks, Big Bend, First Edition, and Badlands.

Other specifications include a 105-inch wheelbase, a Class 2 tow package, and two tire size options (225/65 R17 A/T and 235/65 R17 A/T). There’s also two roof color options: black and gray, and two wheel options, both measuring 17-inches.

Aside from the Bronco SUV family, Ford Motor Company otherwise has has several major product launches in the near future pipeline. These include the 14th generation Ford F-150, all-electric Mustang Mach-E, as well as an expected return of the Ford Mustang Mach 1.

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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.

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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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