We'll have to wait a bit longer for the full-size Bronco, however.
Ford generated a lot of buzz when the new Bronco was revealed back in the summer. Demand for the reborn off-roader is astronomically high, as the First Edition sold out in just a few hours. In August, reservations reportedly reached 165,000 units, so there's no doubt the Bronco will be a huge hit. But don't forget about its smaller, more affordable sibling, the Ford Bronco Sport.
Production of the full-size Ford Bronco won't begin until next year, but Ford Authority reports that assembly of the Sport variant has already started. According to the publication, the Ford Bronco Sport started production at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico on October 26, 2020. With no more production delays, customer deliveries should start this fall as planned.
Based on the same platform as the Ford Escape, the Bronco Sport offers impressive off-road capability, even if it can't match its bigger brother, with up to 8.8 inches of ground clearance, a 30.4-inch approach, 20.4 breakover, and 33.1-inch departure angles, as well as a standard all-wheel drive system.
Like the Ford Escape, the Bronco Sport is powered by either a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine producing 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with an increased output of 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Five trims are available, with pricing starting at $28,155.
As for the full-size 2021 Bronco, the Bronco6G forum has learned when it will enter production. We already knew Ford was planning to start building the new Bronco next spring, but the forum claims production will begin on March 22, 2021, at Ford's Michigan Assembly plant. This is slightly earlier than expected, as the same forum previously claimed the Bronco's production run would be delayed until April 2021.
It's going to be a longer wait, but before then initial order acceptance will begin on December 7, 2020. This is when Ford will allow dealers to begin accepting orders, but it doesn't necessarily mean they will be built in the order that they are received. Parts availability at the plant as well as individual options or paint colors could delay orders. After this, scheduling will start on January 14, 2021.