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

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
report ford bronco sport delayed soft roading dreams too

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

  • MaintenanceCosts I saw my first IS500 out in the wild today (a dark-grey-on-black example) and it struck me that it was much more AMG-like than this product. (Great-looking and -sounding car.)
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  • Art Vandelay Props for trying something different. EVs should work well in this sort of race. The similar series running ICE run short distances like that
  • ToolGuy Well they wet the track down using sea water - from the South Pacific Ocean. Oceans may have a large amount of water, but it isn't infinite, is it? No, it isn't. So if this sport really takes off, what will happen when the ocean is drained? (And once you put the water on the dirt, how does it ever get back to the ocean?)
  • Bobbysirhan Some friends of mine were dazzled by a CUE demo that circulated on YouTube before this car reached the market. I was bewildered why anyone wanted a car as durable and dependable as their cellphones, but to each their own. One of them did actually show up with an XTS V-sport when the car first came out. He showed people CUE in my driveway, but I don't recall him offering demonstration rides to the assembled imported luxury car drivers. In the months that followed, I never saw or heard about the Cadillac again. He went back to driving his Yukon Denali until I moved away a year or two later.