Ford is testing a manual version of the Bronco SUV

Ford is testing a manual version of the Bronco SUV

September 19, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The American brand decided to equip the resurrected Ford Bronco SUV with a manual transmission. Corresponding prototypes of the novelty were seen on testing in the Moab Desert, Utah (USA).

While enthusiasts all over the world were fascinated by the new generation of the Bronco SUV as soon as it was introduced, many complained about Ford’s decision not to offer the affordable Sasquatch “package” with a manual transmission. In fact, a petition has even been created asking for a gear lever for all Bronco models. It looks like the automaker has decided to listen to public opinion.

Numerous prototypes of Bronco were recently tested in the Moab Desert, Utah (USA), and one of them caught the attention of the Bronco Nation online community.

The website had the opportunity to test some of the SUVs and one of them was a version of the Bronco Badlands that was powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission.

Interestingly, the Bronco Nation has since discovered that Ford has continued to test the same Bronco prototype, but apparently equipped with the Sasquatch package. The publication notes that a sticker on the top of the windshield confirms that the version of Badlands it unveiled is the same prototype as the recently discovered prototype with the Sasquatch package. When installing the Sasquatch package, Ford engineers fitted large 35-inch tires with lockable wheels and also removed the fender flares. It is also believed that some changes have been made to the suspension.

Currently, the 2021 Bronco SUV is offered with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Bronco models with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 are also offered with an automatic transmission only. If Ford does decide to offer a manual transmission for the 2.3-liter Sasquatch Package models, that decision is sure to delight many SUV fans.

Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that photos of an extreme version of the Ford Bronco appeared on the network. Ford Corp. on Wednesday, September 16, shared pictures of a Bronco SUV test concept, which has already debuted.