All thanks to the global chip shortage.
The global semiconductor chip shortage continues to create havoc in the automotive industry. Not only are consumers expected to pay well above retail prices for certain models, but a wide variety of features are also being dropped. Manufacturers can either produce no cars, or cars missing some features.
The latest victim is the hottest off-roader currently available on the US market, the Ford Bronco.
Ford stopped taking orders for the 2022 model back in February to give you some indication of how popular this car is. The factory is maxed out, and it can't produce more.
If you're one of the lucky ones who got an order in before the books closed, we have some unfortunate news.
A source close to Ford revealed that 2022 Broncos manufactured from next month will leave the factory without the optional factory-fitted navigation system.
This system is an option on lesser models, but standard on Outer Banks and Wildtrak models. The omission is only temporary and Ford will put it back in as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this is not an omission that can be rectified later. This is quite strange, considering that Ford chose what features to ditch on other models more carefully.
It's not the end of the world, however. All Broncos come standard with an infotainment system capable of running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can get third-party navigation apps for both these operating systems, and they'll likely do a better job than Ford's factory-fitted navigation anyway.
It's not clear whether future Bronco owners will receive a refund on models where you have to pay extra for navigation. These trim levels include the Big Bend, Black Diamond, and Badlands.
We doubt this will have any impact on the Bronco's popularity.