Do you know what’s important with off-roading vehicles like the Ford Bronco? Navigation. It’s beneficial to know where you’re going to avoid getting lost, but the 2022 Ford Bronco is making things a little complicated.
The 2022 Ford Bronco dropped Navigation
The semiconductor shortage is still raging on, causing tons of delays across the entire automotive industry. As a result, trucks, and SUVs like the 2022 Ford Bronco are cutting features to conserve the supply of chips.
But according to Ford Authority, the Bronco is conserving computer chips by temporarily dropping navigation systems. This is an odd feature to remove since Navigation is essential for traveling.
The Ford Explorer saved chips by removing the rear seat HVAC controls. This means kids or passengers in the rear have to ask those in the front to adjust the temperature. While that’s annoying, it’s better than getting lost.
Sure, you can use our cell phone for directions, but the built-in navigation systems provide an advantage by connecting to satellites. What happens when you’re roaming off the grid in an area without cell coverage?
Which Bronco models are missing Navigation?
Since May 30th, dealer sock orders for 2022 Ford Bronco models have been built without Connected Navigation and Connected Built-In Navigation. But customer orders will continue to be built with these features.
So, you’re only in danger of missing out on navigation services if you find a Bronco that the dealership order. If a canceled order is on the lot, it could still have Navigation.
Connected Navigation is available with the Mid Package and includes a 90-day trial for the navigation subscription. It has Pinch-to-Zoom capability, Live Traffic updates, Predictive Destinations, Route Guidance, One Box Search, and Voice Recognition.
The system is supposed to come with the use of the FordPass Performance app. However, the app still has a few kinks to work out.
The Connected Built-In Navigation system is available with the Mid and High packages. It’s standard with the Lux package.
It consists of a three-year trial and subscription navigation, Pinch-to-Zoom, Live Traffic, Predictive Destinations, Route Guidance, One Box Search, and Embedded Voice. It will gain FordPass Performance app features soon.
Oners who are missing these features will be compensated $50 for the lack of Connected Navigation and $695 for the absence of Connected Built-In navigation.
Will the Bronco lose even more features?
It’s unclear if the 2022 Ford Bronco will drop more features to conserve chips. No vehicle is exactly safe as the semiconductor chip shortage continues. Other supply chain issues are impacting the automotive industry as well.
Recently, the 2022 Ford F-150 dropped the Max Recline seats and navigation systems. Thousands of F-150 and Bronco models are piling up in storage lots while they wait for the chips needed for necessary features.
By cutting a few options, Ford hopes to get vehicles in the hands of reservation holders as soon as possible. In some cases, chips for missing features can and will be added later. However, it’s unclear if the chips for navigation systems will be added.
We will keep an eye on Ford production and updates to provide the latest news. Hopefully, the chip shortage eases up soon.