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Ford to stop taking 2022 Bronco orders in March

Order banks close on March 8 for the 2022 Bronco.

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The Ford Bronco continues to be in such high demand that production can't keep pace. The ongoing chip shortage hasn't helped matters, either, and now we know what Ford is doing about it. Members of the Bronco6G forum shared a letter sent to dealers that states orders for the 2022 Bronco will close on March 8. Ford confirmed the action to Autoblog.

2022 Ford BroncoDemand is so high that Ford has to pause orders to catch up. Ford

In order to come as close to meeting demand as possible, Ford says it removed factory paint protection film from all orders except for the Bronco Wildtrak. Dealers can install protective film after the purchase if it's required. Additionally, Ford notes that the Trailer Tow package continues to be a speed bump for production, as 62 percent of buyers want the feature and the automaker can only accommodate 39 percent. To help customers get their vehicles in the 2022 calendar year, Ford recommends that the package be removed and, if a tow kit is absolutely necessary, replaced with a dealer-installed trailer hitch kit and wiring harness.

2022 Ford BroncoOrders for 2023, including the Bronco Raptor, open later this year.Ford

If you're hoping to get a Bronco in 2022, act now, because the order banks close on March 8 at 3 PM EST. Orders for the 2023 Bronco, including the Bronco Raptor, won't open until later this year. Additionally, Ford says if you want options coming in 2023, such as a painted roof, your reservation can remain and carry over to the new model year. While you'll still be waiting a while, it's a good idea to put in a reservation now if you have even an inkling of an idea that you'll want a Bronco. Ford has already confirmed that allocations for the upcoming Bronco Raptor will go to existing reservation holders, so your best shot at getting a desirable configuration is to get in line now.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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