The 2021 Ford Bronco was built specifically to dominate off-road conditions, and the level of equipment, packages, and options available are proof of that. But there’s one tiny little detail that came as a huge surprise when Ford unveiled the new SUV – the hugely popular Bronco Sasquatch package would only be available with the 10-speed automatic transmission, not Ford’s new seven-speed manual equipped with an ultra-low crawler gear.
This would seem to be a bit of a strange decision considering the equipment that comprises the Bronco Sasquatch package, which is available on every trim level. The package comes with an array of off-road goodies including 17 inch black painted aluminum beadlock capable wheels with 35 inch LT315/70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain tires, electronic-locking front and rear axles, a 4.7 final drive ratio, high-clearance suspension, position-sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers, and high-clearance fender flares.
In the days since this information became public, many have expressed their disappointment with the fact that they can’t pair the Sasquatch package with the manual transmission. But it appears that Ford might just be willing to listen to those folks, according to a recent tweet from Ford spokesman Mike Levine.
“Sasquatch is only available with the 10-speed automatic. We’re open to feedback for those that feel otherwise,” Levine said. Since that response was posted, Levine has received a large number of responses from people who want both the manual and the Sasquatch package, so perhaps Ford will change course and offer that coveted combination.
Overall, it’ll be interesting to see how many Bronco buyers opt for a manual transmission, regardless of trim level or package. After all, manuals make up a very small percentage of Jeep Wrangler sales, not to mention automotive sales overall, which is why few models offer one these days. But perhaps Bronco buyers will be the ones who begin to reverse that trend in the right direction.
Sasquatch is only available with the 10-speed automatic. We’re open to feedback for those that feel otherwise.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) July 15, 2020