Many Ford Bronco Customers May Have to Wait Until 2022 to Get the SUV

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The Ford Bronco is a legendary vehicle, with the off-road capable SUV traversing challenging terrains since its debut back in 1965. After a decade-and-a-half hiatus, the Bronco made a triumphant return for the 2021 model year. With such a beloved vehicle making a comeback, Bronco enthusiasts are eager to get behind the latest incarnation of this SUV. Unfortunately, many customers may have to wait until 2022 to get the Bronco.

Why is there a delay in the arrival of Ford Bronco models?

2021 Ford Bronco | Ford

The delay in the arrival of Ford Bronco is due to multiple factors. The demand for the Bronco is sky-high. Customers have already made 190,000 reservations. Out of those reservations, Ford converted 125,000 to orders. Also, like the rest of the automotive industry, Ford is adversely affected by a semiconductor chip shortage, which slows down the production of the Bronco. 

Additionally, the Bronco had quality control problems. This included a low-quality build for the hardtop of the Bronco. Instead of repairing the Bronco hardtops, Ford is replacing them for all of the models. 

Overhead view of orange 2021 Ford Bronco
2021 Ford Bronco | Ford

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The result of this is a considerable backlog for fulfilling the orders. All of these problems cumulatively created a slowdown in the delivery of the Bronco to customers. Bronco customers that placed their order later in the year will likely have to wait until 2022 to get their vehicle.

Ford suspended the reservation system for the Ford Bronco

With so much unfulfilled demand for the Bronco, Ford made the difficult decision to suspend its reservation system. Rather than create more disappointed customers, Ford wants to address the production backlog first. Ford did not say when it will reopen the reservation system for the Bronco, but it could be a long time given the anticipated delay until 2022 for fulfilling the orders.

If you’re very anxious to experience the capabilities of the new Ford Bronco, then you can opt for the Bronco Sport. The Bronco Sport does not have as much of a problem with unfulfilled orders as the other Bronco models. While the Bronco Sport doesn’t provide as much off-road prowess as the other Bronco models, it can still more than hold its own for the times you venture off the beaten path.

What’s new for the 2022 Ford Bronco?

The delay in the arrival of the Ford Bronco is understandably a disappointment for many customers. Also, the Bronco had many setbacks over the past year. However, it’s not all bad news on the Bronco front, especially if looking toward the future. Fresh on the heels of the debut of the 2021 Bronco, Ford already has pleasing updates in store for the 2022 Bronco.

The top-of-the-line Bronco Wildtrack 4-door model will have a standard soft top, while the Wildtrack 2-door model will have a redesigned hardtop. Both the Badland and Black Diamond models will get a new front bumper. Ford calls it the “capable bumper,” for it is made from powder-coated steel and features steel bash plates, brush guard support, fog lights, and recovery hooks. Also, the 2022 Bronco will offer a vintage Eruption Green paint color option

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