The Bronco's launch has been pushed back by about a month and a half.
One of the latest victims of the current global pandemic, the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco - the Blue Oval's first rugged Bronco model in more than 20 years - was confirmed delayed early in December. Ford pushed back its target start date for customer deliveries from spring to summer 2021 to account for "Covid-related challenges" being experienced by the automaker's suppliers.
Now, we finally have an idea of when exactly the all-new Bronco is set to start production, thanks to info leaked to the Bronco6G forums by a site administrator. According to that source, the 2021 Bronco is currently scheduled to start production on May 3 - roughly a month-and-a-half later than Ford's original March 22 target start date.
As expected, the delay will actually give early buyers more time to spec their Broncos; according to Bronco6G's intel, the Initial Order Acceptance date - the date on which Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant will first begin receiving orders from dealers - has been moved back from December 7 to January 19. Scheduling all those orders for production is now set to start March 18 rather than January 14.
Early buyers should be aware: orders won't necessarily be built in the order received. Certain items - optional extras and paint colors, for instance - will be on-hand before others, so when Ford starts scheduling early orders for production, vehicles specced with options that aren't yet available at the plant will be pushed back.
Unfortunately, that means that we might be in for an especially long wait for the Bronco Sasquatch - the most highly specialized, decked-out version of the new off-road SUV. The Sasquatch is distinguished by its high-clearance fender flares, position-sensitive Bilstein dampers, beadlock-capable wheels with 35-inch tires, and some other hardcore overlanding equipment that might not be readily available when Ford begins building the new Bronco. At this point, you might as well wait for the even-more-rugged Ford Bronco Warthog.