On July 13, Ford’s three-in-one Bronco was unveiled with the official unveiling of 2-door and 4-door models with chassis-mounted bodywork, joined by the smaller Sport unibody. While the latter’s online configurator has been up and running from the earliest days, launch the Blue Oval website and you won’t be able to configure your perfect fat Bronco.
The good news is that you won’t have to wait much longer to specify your big Bronco as the build configurator will be live next month. Mike Levine, Ford North America Product Communications Director, Twitter to announce that the Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door will be included in Ford USA’s configurator in September, with full pricing details.
Mike Levine went on to mention that order books will open in December, and it will be interesting to see how many of those supposed 230,000 bookings convert into actual sales. Even first-time users will have to wait patiently to take delivery, as Ford won’t start shipping Bronco 2-Door and 4-Door SUVs to their rightful owners until June 2021.
If you haven’t booked any yet, be patient, as newly booked bookings won’t be honored until 2022. This shows that the initial customer response has been overwhelming, as evidenced by the first edition of Bronco exhausted within hours. In fact, Ford made a somewhat unusual decision to double the production of the first edition to 7,000 units to meet the high demand for its relaunched nameplate.
Beyond the fully loaded First Edition, customers can choose from six trim levels and must pay at least $ 28,500 for the 2-door and $ 33,200 for the 4-door to get behind the wheel of the retro-flavored SUV. There could be another flavor of Bronco later this decade, as rumor has it that a pickup is slated to take on the Jeep Gladiator.
When asked if the Bronco with the Sasquatch package would be available with a seven-speed manual transmission, Mike Levine replied, “we’re listening”. Reading between the lines, it could happen someday, provided there is enough customer demand for Ford to change its mind and put three pedals in a Bronco mounted on 35 inch tires and 17 inch wheels compatible with the beadlocks.
The future of the Bronco could also include diesel and hybrid powertrains, while a V8-powered derivative to take on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 V8 seems unlikely at this time. Meanwhile, there will be over 200 factory guaranteed accessories available for regular Broncos, and it looks like those nifty tubular doors are on the menu as well.