When the 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed to the world just a couple of months ago, people really only had three complaints about it. First, they weren’t happy that Ford wasn’t planning on offering it with a V8. Second was the fact that customers couldn’t get the new seven-speed manual transmission with the Sasquatch Package. Lastly, buyers seeking to pair the manual transmission with the more powerful 2.7L EcoBoost V6 were out of luck, as the stick is only available in conjunction with The Blue Oval’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine.
Ford has since corrected one of those “oversights” by announcing earlier this week that it would offer the Sasquatch Package with the manual transmission. However, it doesn’t look like Ford is going to change course and offer its new manual gearbox with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 – at least for the time being.
“So basically when you look at what’s going on in the marketplace with similar competitors products, the take-rates for models with manual transmissions is relatively low,” Bronco Chief Engineer, Eric Loeffler explained to Ford Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in an interview. “So what we wanted to do is to provide it to the traditional user that wants the manual transmission and wants to do things that are very technical that are afforded by the manual.”
“The beauty of the product is that it still allows those who want to do it the old-fashioned way to do it, and also someone who’s a novice to let them try the technologies that we offer, you can do either in any one of our products,” Loeffler continued. “The manual in the 2.3 was paired up with what someone would want to do in the rock-crawling world, and that creeper gear is fantastic, so it’s well-tailored to that engine and that particular application.”
That means that, for now, Ford Bronco buyers who want a manual transmission will have to opt for the base 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine, which is projected to produce 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Ford also offers its 10-speed automatic transmission as an option with the 2.3L. By comparison, the Ford 2.7L EcoBoost V6 is projected to have an output of 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in the new Bronco, but as we mentioned earlier, it’s only available with the 10-speed automatic gearbox, at least as of this writing.
|Base||Big Bend||Black Diamond||Outer Banks||Badlands||Wildtrak||First Edition|
|Standard Engine||2.3L EcoBoost I-4||2.3L EcoBoost I-4||2.3L EcoBoost I-4||2.3L EcoBoost I-4||2.3L EcoBoost I-4||2.7L EcoBoost V6||2.7L EcoBoost V6|
|Available Engine||2.7L EcoBoost V6 (requires 10-speed automatic transmission)||2.7L EcoBoost V6 (requires 10-speed automatic transmission)||2.7L EcoBoost V6 (requires 10-speed automatic transmission)||2.7L EcoBoost V6||2.7L EcoBoost V6 (requires 10-speed automatic transmission)||-||-|
|Standard Transmission||7-speed manual with crawler gear||7-speed manual with crawler gear||7-speed manual with crawler gear||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||7-speed manual with crawler gear||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||10-speed automatic with Trail Control|
|Available Transmission||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||-||10-speed automatic with Trail Control||-||-|
But there might be a small glimmer of hope for those who wish to see the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 paired to a manual, as Loeffler admitted that Ford has not completely shut the door on the idea.
“Well, never say never… it’s something we usually don’t really talk about – what we will do in the future, but we’re a company that sells products, so if customers start asking for it, we’ll end up having to consider it,” he concluded.