Evidence suggests the answer may be yes.
After approximately two months of down time, North American vehicle production facilities are once again up and running, with Detroit's Big Three kicking off the first phase of their respective restart procedures earlier this week. As such, Ford last week provided a memo to its manufacturing teams and suppliers detailing its planned production schedules across the region - which plants will be shutdown this summer, when, and for how long - so that workers and suppliers can plan accordingly.
It was within this memo that something a bit curious popped up: Ford's 2020 production plans for the Ford Bronco Sport utility vehicle.
That in itself isn't curious, but what is is the memo's mention of Bronco Sport production starting in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico on Monday, May 18. The vehicle, which is a smaller, unibody counterpart to Ford's forthcoming rugged Bronco SUV, still has yet to be "officially" revealed to the world, so the prospect that it might already have started rolling off the line is an unusual one.
Then again, these are unusual times, and Ford was thought to be readying its "baby Bronco" for an April reveal at the 2020 New York International Auto Show - an event that was, of course, "rescheduled" until August. It would make sense for an automaker not to let a canceled unveiling event push back its scheduled production start date.
According to the memo, Ford's Hermosillo Sonora plant will build the Ford Bronco Sport through July 20, before taking a long hiatus, resuming production September 20. Odd.
Ford remains committed to bringing the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to market this year, along with the first deliveries of the all-new fourteenth-generation F-150 and the electric Mustang Mach-E crossover. That's ambitious, given the scope of the obstacles posed by the global pandemic and the ensuing North American production halt. The long-awaited Ford Bronco SUV is expected to go on sale early in 2021, its planned launch date delayed by about the same length of time as Ford's regional manufacturing shutdown.