Following many years of rumors, innuendo and speculation, the Ford.com that quickly caused the automaker's website to buckle under the pressure. The website's functionality eventually recovered, and interested parties' mounting frustrations gave way to greater numbers of reservation deposits. So far, Blue Oval has yet to disclose just how many $100 refundable preorders it has actually taken for its Jeep-Wrangler-fighting two- and four-door SUVs, but that total figures to be sizable: the Bronco reportedly already faces an 18-month waitlist.debuted on July 13. The burly 4x4 SUV's unveiling triggered an immediate and immense surge of traffic on
That's right, if you didn't raise your digital hand early, you may not take delivery of your Bronco until 2022, despite the fact that the first examples of the new SUV are due next spring. That's according to a source speaking with Car and Driver.
Strong early demand for Ford's hardcore new off-roader shouldn't come as a surprise to those who have been following the Bronco's news cycle. The new SUV's most expensive trim, the loaded-upwithin a few hours of Ford's reservation microsite going live. In fact, early demand has been so strong that for the First Edition, a move that raised eyebrows among some customers who already had their deposits in for the limited-edition model. No matter, all 7,000 First Edition models have all been claimed by reservation holders.
The Blue Oval is reportedly looking at June for the first deliveries of its body-on-frame Bronco, a timeframe that would still adhere to the company's stated production guidance -- albeit only just. (Previously, officials hinted production would start in April at its Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne.) Ford spokesperson Jiyan Cadiz tells Roadshow, "We will be delivering against our spring promise." Reservation holders will be given an approximate delivery date for their vehicle early next year.
As for that alleged 18-month delivery timeframe, Cadiz declined to verify any such lengthy waitlist, telling Roadshow, "we haven't confirmed anything as far as reservation volume, that's for sure."
Because Bronco reservation-holders will see their trucks built ahead of vehicles for general dealer stock, it's unlikely that Blue Oval dealers will have any unclaimed units on hand for many months after the vehicle launches. This pending reality suggests a few things:
1. If you're still contemplating getting a Bronco but you haven't put in your deposit yet, it's still worth doing -- remember, it is refundable. Check out our fullfor tips.
2. If the waitlist is actually 18 months, concern about early buyers attempting to quickly flip their vehicles on the secondary market for a quick profit seems more real than ever.
3. Ford officials have said the company will not attempt to keep dealers from charging Bronco reservation holders more than MSRP via demand-based markups. Such a long waitlist suggests the temptation will be even greater for them to do so, although. Caveat emptor.
It's important to consider that many people who signed up for a new Bronco may not ever take delivery. With a modest $100 reservation deposit and an increasingly unclear delivery horizon, it's possible -- if not likely -- that some reservation-holders may simply opt to step out of line and ask for a refund. This could mean that the waitlist will eventually be shorter by the time Bronco production commences in spring. That said, it seems just as likely that more folks will sign up to preorder new trucks during these intervening months, so there's no telling if the waitlist could actually get even longer.
One last thing: If you've had your eye on the, the unibody-based crossover that shares much of its under-skin componentry with Ford's more urban-minded , fear not. While is not immediately clear how popular it has been for preorders, the model is still expected to arrive in dealers this year, and this alleged long waitlist is not related to the Bronco Sport.
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