Ford Bronco Buyers Wanting a Painted Hardtop Must Wait, Like, a While


The Bronco Nation dredged up some interesting info on Ford Bronco hardtop availability—and if you’re a reservation holder for a First Edition or Wildtrak model, you’ll want to pay careful attention. These models were promised with black-painted hardtops, but those have been delayed. For now, all Broncos will come with molded-in-color (MIC) hardtops in a “carbonized grey” color—essentially the usual color of unpainted, dark plastic exterior trim.

The “Shadow Black” painted modular hardtop is still coming, but it’ll be delayed until late in the initial 2021 model year. And if you still want one, you can opt to wait for it without otherwise forfeiting your “place in line,” so to speak. If you’d like to move forward and take delivery of a MIC top, the MSRP will be reduced by the price of the painted top upgrade—a full $1,895.

Other painted hardtop options won’t appear until even later. According to Bronco Nation, the super cool, retro-ish white-painted hardtop won’t arrive until 2022, as will the body-colored hardtop. For the sake of comparison, we should point out that the Jeep Wrangler’s hardtop is available in a dark-gray, unshiny plastic finish not unlike the Bronco’s MIC job, as well as a body-color painted finish.

In summary, at launch the soft top (standard on all four-door trims except Wildtrak and First Edition), MIC hardtops, and dual tops (MIC and soft, four-door only) will all be available as per normal. Only Wildtrak and First Edition reservation holders will have a choice to make. As for everyone else, the only frustration you’ll have to deal with is trying to get the Bronco configurator on the Ford site to load—at the time of this writing, it’s overwhelmed by demand. While annoying, that just shows how much interest in this vehicle there is.

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