Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package Could Get Manual Gearbox After All

Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package Could Get Manual Gearbox After All

In general, auto buyers in the United States don’t want a manual transmission. The new Ford Bronco is not a typical vehicle, however, and it was a pleasant surprise when Ford equipped its off-roader with a seven-speed manual transmission. Afterward, there was a disappointment in the Bronco ranks when Ford said it wouldn’t be available with the beefy Sasquatch Package. Maybe Ford is rethinking that decision.

There is some evidence to suggest this is the case. Several weeks ago, a fleet of Ford Bronco test vehicles were sighted in Moab, Utah for extreme off-road evaluations. Bronco Nation was there too, and some of the members even drove in a Bronco Badlands model with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder / manual transmission combo (bottom right). He didn’t have the Sasquatch package, but detectives on the website discovered something very interesting later.

Ford Bronco Sasquatch prototype
Ford Bronco Sasquatch prototype

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They got photos showing the same Badlands model (above left) mounted on the larger 35-inch tires and Beadlock wheels from the Sasquatch pack. The fender flares have also been removed and it is believed that there are changes to the suspension as well. How do they know it’s the same manually operated Badlands model? Ford places a yellow vehicle identification sticker on top of the windshield of its prototypes, and the Badlands model and modified version numbers match.

Ford Bronco Sasquatch prototype

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Is it a smoldering weapon that a manual option for the Sasquatch is coming? Not really – they are test vehicles after all, and the point is to test different setups. However, Ford is aware that Bronco buyers are very interested in expanded manual shift options, both with the Sasquatch package and the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine.

The automaker certainly has time to change its mind. The new Bronco will not reach dealerships until spring 2021 at the earliest.

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