Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Ford Bronco Could Lose Factory Installed Navigation System: Report

The option might go away starting in May.

The global shortfall of semiconductors shows no signs of abating. As a result, manufacturers are continuing to make changes in the hopes of keeping production lines operational. Starting in May, Ford may stop offering factory-installed navigation systems in the Bronco.

According to Ford Authority, which cited unidentified sources, the function would be phased out starting with Job 2 production on May 2. contacted Ford for more details, and a spokeswoman stated that navigation will remain standard on 2022 Broncos, and that the firm is examining “several options to help get vehicles to our customers sooner during this global semiconductor chip scarcity.” The fact that GPS will be removed from the Bronco next month has elicited no clear statement from Ford.

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Except for the entry-level Base trim, all Broncos come with factory-installed navigation. According to the rumour, Ford is working on a navigation removal order code rather than simply removing it as an option. This signals navigation will return, albeit no word on whether it would be available for the 2022 model year or if it will be extended until 2023. It’s also unclear whether navigation can be added later once all of the required components are in place.

Bronco demand remains strong. 2022 orders banks were closed in early March as the roster was already full for the model year. Keeping the Bronco going isn’t the only struggle at Ford; rear-seat climate controls from the Ford Explorer were recently cut in favor of continued production. Despite all the best efforts, other models such as the F-150 and Mustang have experienced periodic production halts in recent months.

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Supply chain woes certainly aren’t limited to Ford, either. General Motors cut notable features from several brands and models, including Super Cruise and Park Assist from select Cadillac vehicles. Late last year, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra lost heated seats and steering wheels, though the features can be added back at a later date. Beyond that, nearly every automotive brand has reported temporary production shutdowns in just the last few months.

It’s all reflected in first-quarter 2022 sales that show most automakers down double-digit percentages compared to 2021.

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