Ford may stop installing the original navigation system on Bronco SUVs. Ford Authority portal informs about it referring to the insiders: according to them since May SUVs will leave the assembly line without navigators. The reason for such a decision is the notorious lack of microchips, forcing automakers not only to periodically send plants to downtime but also to “simplify” electronics on the produced models.
Today, all versions of the Ford Bronco are equipped with the factory navigator, except entry-level SUVs. The company does not completely abandon the pre-installation of the system, although it is not clear when it will return to the list of standard equipment. It is also unknown whether customers will be offered to add the navigator when the microelectronics situation improves.
The Bronco is not the first American brand model to undergo simplification for the sake of continued production: Ford previously had to strip the Explorer of the climate control unit for the rear seats. Production of other vehicles is periodically put on pause due to a lack of spare parts.
The Ford Bronco, which caused a stir at the start of sales, continues to be inactive in demand. Orders have been closed since March, as customers have already picked up the entire quota for 2022. At the same time, Ford is having trouble delivering SUVs ordered in 2021 and even 2020: A parking lot with hundreds of incomplete vehicles was photographed in Michigan in February.
Source: Ford Authority