Ford recently listened to customer demand for the Bronco by allowing the off-road oriented Sasquatch package to be paired with a manual gearbox. Don’t look for the three-pedal setup available with the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 anytime soon, though.
“So basically when you look at what’s going on in the market with similar competitive products, the participation rates for the manual transmission models are relatively low,” said Eric Loeffler, chief engineer at Bronco. Ford Authority. “So what we wanted to do is provide it to the traditional user who wants the manual transmission and wants to do some very technical things that are offered by the manual.”
As a reminder, the Bronco’s 2.7-liter V6 is good for 310 horsepower (231 kilowatts) and 400 pound-feet (542 Newton-meters) of torque. It connects exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The SUV is available with two four-wheel drive systems. The standard has a low range of 2.72: 1 ratio. The other offers 4H engagement on demand and a low range of 3.06: 1 ratio. With the optional Sasquatch pack, the SUV gets locking differentials. front and rear and a final drive ratio of 4.7: 1.
The 10-speed automatic transmission also includes Ford’s trail control system. The technology is basically cruise control for off-road driving so that drivers can focus more on steering the vehicle.
Loeffler also told Ford Authority that the supply of the manual with the V6 on the Bronco was a matter of demand. “If customers start asking for it, eventually we’ll have to think about it,” he said. If you’re desperate for this setup, keep pestering the automaker, and maybe all seven gears will become available with the bigger engine.