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But The Soft Top Model Is Launching Soon

Pre-production versions of the 2021 Bronco, shown here, include Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat and Bronco four-door in Cactus Gray.

Ford Bronco fans and order holders, the Coronavirus pandemic has just dealt you another blow to Ford’s exciting off-roader. We already knew the 2021 Bronco was pushed from spring to summer of this year, but Automotive News is the first to report some hard-top models will be bumped to the 2022 model year. This serves as another disappointment to many preorder holders, as they’ve already faced multiple delays. Luckily, Ford is attempting to rectify the situation by offering customers some perks.

As suspected late last year, the automotive roof supplier Webasto is to blame for the latest round of 2021 Ford Bronco delays. They’re having trouble getting the black “Modular Painted” hard top ready to go for the 2021 model year. Customers that ordered the dual top group that includes a painted hard top and soft top will also have to wait. Luckily, the Molded In Color (MIC) hard top is still good to go for 2021. This also means that despite the fact the two-door Bronco is only offered with a hard top, vehicles with the MIC top will still reach customers in 2021. It would have been truly sad to see the two-door Ford Bronco as a whole delayed.

As for compensation, Ford is giving 2021 Bronco customers with vehicles delayed until 2022 a hearty 200,000 FordPass points, a $1,000 value. Ford says customers can use them on accessories, which there are a multitude of. Ford also said they will maintain the same pricing in 2022 as they have in 2021. Finally, all hard top customers that wait will get the $495 sound deadening headliner thrown in for free, and customers that already ordered it will get an equivalent discount.

Many customers won’t want to wait for their the 2022 model year to get their Bronco, however. Ford told us all customers with a black modular painted hard top 2021 Ford Bronco on order have until April 8 modify their Bronco order. All models can swap to the MIC hardtop, while only four door models that aren’t Wildtrak trim can swap to the soft top, as the two door and Wildtrak aren’t offered with a soft top. This should be interesting for Wildtrak models, which is reportedly the most popular trim.

2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak
2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

Finally, Ford gave us a bit of a reason to save our money for the 2022 Ford Bronco.

“In addition, 2022 model year customers will have new choices for colors and special editions co starting next year,” confirmed Ford Icons Spokesmodel Jiyan Cadiz. Cadiz also confirmed “millions of dollars” put towards meeting the rabidly pent up demand of this all-new SUV.

We’ve already reported the Bronco is getting new colors next year, and this again confirms this. But more excitingly, this confirms new models are joining the Ford Bronco lineup, almost certainly the Warthog and Heritage Edition we’ve seen testing. Given he said there are multiple special editions coming next year, we should see at least these two.

Ford wants nothing more than to give Bronco customers their SUVs, and given the millions of dollars they’re investing to make that happen, we know they can pull it off soon. Even if it’s a bit late.

2021 Ford Bronco 2 Door Holly Oaks
Photo via Ford.

Written by Sam Krahn

Sam graduated with a communications Degree from Wayne State University, where he was also a member of the swim team. He's interested to see how new technology will affect the American performance vehicle landscape.

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