Thankfully, it's not as bad as the Bronco's own production setback.
Following the news that the Ford Bronco has been delayed until the summer due to the availability of the SUV's removable tops, many Bronco Sport customers must've been relieved that the 'Baby Bronco's' production was unaffected. The Bronco Sport is still a highly capable and desirable off-road SUV, after all, especially when it's riding on serious rubber. However, Ford Authority is now reporting that certain Bronco Sport models have suffered from a delay of their own. The four-week delay applies to Bronco Sports equipped with certain optional features, based on information from sources familiar with the SUV's production plans. So, what are those features exactly?
Customers who ordered a power moonroof, the Class II Trailer Tow Package or the two-tone paint scheme with a gray roof will experience a delay of nearly a month. Both the moonroof and trailer tow package affect the Big Bend, Outer Banks, and Badlands trims, while the two-tone paint is offered as an option on the Badlands. Beyond this information, it's not explicitly obvious why these exact features are subject to the delay, but then again, the Bronco proved that even one component can affect the entire process. Customers who order the entry-level Bronco Sport won't have to worry about contending with this delay, fortunately.
Considering that the moonroof and trailer tow package are likely to be popular options, we can assume that numerous customers will be left frustrated with the extended wait. Of course, the ongoing pandemic has caused a number of other delays throughout the industry. Recently, it was uncovered that the reveal of the 2022 Toyota 86 has been delayed since the Japanese marque hopes to have an in-person reveal - rather than a virtual unveiling - and that's not possible at the moment. From Ford's perspective, let's hope that this is the last production snag to affect both the Bronco and Bronco Sport.