Ford tests Bronco with manual transmissionSeptember 19, 2020
It looks like Ford is about to give in to fan pressure and offer a new Bronco Sasquatch package with a manual transmission.
While fans around the world were fascinated by the new Bronco when they saw it during its debut, many of them disagreed with the American brand’s decision not to offer the Sasquatch package with a manual transmission. As reported earlier, in fact, they even wrote a petition to the manufacturer asking them to make the gear lever available for all Bronco models. In all likelihood, Ford heard them.
Numerous prototypes of the Bronco were recently spotted during testing in Moab, Utah, and one of them has drawn special attention from Bronco Nation reporters. The publication had the opportunity to test some of the Bronco, among which was one Bronco Badlands SUV with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission.
A little later, Bronco Nation discovered that Ford was continuing to test the same Bronco prototype, but apparently equipped with the Sasquatch package: a sticker on the upper windshield confirms that the Badlands model and the SUV with the Sasquatch package are the same prototype. The Sasquatch is distinguished only by its large wheels and the absence of fenders. In all likelihood, Ford has made some changes to the suspension.
Currently, those looking for a 2021 Bronco with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder and Sasquatch package should be content with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Bronco models with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 are also offered with an automatic transmission only. If Ford does offer a manual gearbox for the 2.3-liter Sasquatch Package models, it will surely delight many buyers.
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