Report: Ford Bronco Sport Delayed; Soft-roading Dreams, Too

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

The lesser of two utility vehicles lined up to carry the Bronco name has reportedly been delayed for reasons that should surprise no one.

Production of Ford’s Bronco Sport, the retro-styled Escape sibling scheduled for a reveal at the New York International Auto Show, should, like the show itself, be pushed back by a matter of months. It’s looking like the original debut venue might get some use.

As reported by Automotive News, production of the Bronco Sport, originally scheduled to commence on July 13th, will instead go ahead on September 7th. That model calls Hermosillo, Mexico home. The U.S. gets its larger, body-on-frame stablemate.

Ford’s not commenting on the reported delay, which, if true, would lead to a pushback of the Bronco Sport’s early fall on-sale date. The coronavirus pandemic has laid waste to timelines across the industry, and Ford’s calendar was a crowded one for 2020. The automaker planned to get the Bronco reveals out of the way before devoting this fall to the next-generation F-150. Instead, the fast-moving pandemic scuttled the expected March reveal of the Bronco, then the Bronco Sport. The larger of the two models was expected to go on sale in early 2021; no word on how production timing might be impacted.

With the New York auto show postponed to the end of August, the Bronco Sport might get a Big Apple debut, after all.

Borrowing the platform and conventional (read: non-hybrid) powertrains of the compact Escape crossover and adding sheet metal all its own, the Bronco Sport has already hit the internet via a much-publicized leak. It seems Ford shunned the Escape’s pedestrian trim names in favor of something a little brawnier. In addition to the boxy body and inspirational naming convention, the model will further distance itself from its sibling by forgoing larger-than-necessary wheels.

[Image: BroncoSportForum]

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Apr 14, 2020

    I wouldn't call it retro styled, unless you mean Land Rover retro styled. It does look like a LR from 10 years ago.

  • JD-Shifty JD-Shifty on Apr 15, 2020

    they're working on the 5 star crash rating I read. it's important

  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
  • 2manyvettes Tadge was at the Corvette Corral at the Rolex 24 hour sports car race at the end of January 2023. During the Q&A after his remarks someone stood up and told him "I will never buy an electric Corvette." His response? "I will never sell you an electric Corvette." Take that Fwiw.
  • Socrates77 They're pinching pennies for the investors like always, greed has turned GM into a joke of an old corporate American greed.
  • Analoggrotto looking at this takes me right back to the year when “CD-ROM” first entered public lexicon