Ford appears to be listening. In the days and weeks following the hotly anticipated debut of the 2021 Bronco, it became clear that the highly coveted Sasquatch Package would not be offered with the standard seven-speed manual transmission. This implied that customers would only get a 10-speed automatic to go with their burly-looking off-road performance pack, which is available or standard on all Bronco trim levels. This led to a Change.org campaign that petitioned for the American automaker to offer the standard transmission with the Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package.
Before we proceed, here’s what the 2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package gives you: 17-inch black-painted aluminum beadlock-capable wheels with 35-inch LT315/ 70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain tires, electronic-locking front and rear axles, 4.7:1 final drive ratio, high-clearance suspension, position-sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers and high-clearance fender flares.
The Bronco Nation, the official community backed by Ford Motor Company, posted an article with photos that indicated that a Bronco Sasquatch Package was being tested with a clutch pedal. While unlikely to make it in time for the 2021 model year, it does appear that engineers are currently hard at work calibrating drive ratios for the seven-speed manual to pair with the larger diameter tires and ride height.
Bronco Nation tagged along with Ford for durability testing in Moab, UT not long ago, where a Bronco Badlands equipped with a 2.3L EcoBoost and manual transmission riding on 33-inch non-Sasquatch tires. Since then, the site teases that the same vehicle is now testing with a set of 35-inch tires as found on the Ford Bronco Sasquatch package. They even provided the vehicle ID (301W412) number found on the yellow sticker at the top of the windshield. Maybe this points to a Bronco Sasquatch with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and manual transmission even farther down the road. But let’s not appear to greedy.
This new powertrain combo is sure to be an enthusiast’s choice when it eventually comes to market. Will it be on the Ford Bronco Warthog? Let’s hope so!