The internet might like the manual gearbox, but the buying rate of a car is gradually decreasing and in many cars it is usually a single digit. This is the main reason why the three pedal setup is slowly but surely dying, although some automakers are trying to save the manual by continuing to put a shift lever in their cars.
When Ford brought back the Bronco, enthusiasts were happy to see a seven-speed manual transmission with a crawler gear. However, a closer look at the specs sheet shows that you can only have it with the smaller 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and you can’t get the clutch pedal with the Sasquatch package. While Ford spokesman Mike Levine said the company was “open to comments from those who think otherwise” regarding the automatic-only Sasquatch, at this time the manual has limited availability.
A new petition on Change.org aims to persuade Ford to offer the do-it-yourself gearbox across the range. At the time of writing, nearly 4,300 people have signed on, hoping they can row their own gears in a Sasquatch-equipped Bronco and / or a version equipped with the beefier 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. .
As a reminder, there are a total of six trim levels available for the 2021 Ford Bronco, plus the first edition sold out. You can order the seven-speed manual transmission only with Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond and Badlands flavors, with Outer Banks, Wildtrack and First Edition offered exclusively with the ten-speed automatic transmission with Trail Control. The latter is actually a cruise control system for slow driving on the trail.
The petition was launched three weeks ago and it is probably only a matter of time before 5,000 people sign it. Whether Ford will take notice remains to be seen, but hopefully the box provided by Getrag will be added to other variations of the reborn off-roader.
As it stands, Ford has racked up more than 150,000 reservations at $ 100 per person for the new Bronco and will begin taking orders in December before next spring, when deliveries to customers are expected to begin.