On the night of the 2021 Ford Bronco debut event, fans of the off-roading icon were ecstatic. Ford had delivered a vehicle that lived up to a lot of what fans had been asking for since the SUV left production in 1996. However, many soon became upset when they realized that the hardcore Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package wouldn’t be available with the 7-speed manual gearbox. This led to a lot of angry comments from fans online, and even a Change.org campaign demanding that Ford do something about this problem. Well, that changes today, as Ford invites us to celebrate “Mansquatch Day.”
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Happy Mansquatch Day!! Ford listened and the all-new Bronco will be available with a 7-speed manual transmission and the amazing Sasquatch off-road package (with 35-inch tires from the factory)! Even the Base model! BAM! . . . #FordBronco #BroncoSasquatch #SaveTheManuals #AllNewBronco #Bronco #BuiltFordProud #BuiltForAmerica #BuiltWild
Thanks to an Instagram post from Ford’s North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine, we now have confirmation that Ford will allow buyers to spec their manual Broncos with the enhanced off-road package. At this time it appears that this change will still require buyers to spec the smaller 2.3L EcoBoost engine in order to grow their own gears, but beggars can’t be choosers we guess. While we’re not sure that Mansquatch Day has a great ring to it, we are sure that Bronco fans will rejoice with this news.
The Sasquatch Package takes the potent Ford Bronco and turns it into a true trail-tackling SUV. The package includes 17-inch black-painted aluminum beadlock-capable wheels with 35-inch LT315/ 70R17 BSW Mud-Terrain tires, high-clearance fender flares, electronic-locking front and rear axles, a 4.7:1 final drive ratio, high-clearance suspension and position-sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers. It is expected that the added equipment will carry an MSRP of $5,000.
According to the Instagram announcement, the Sasquatch Package-equipped Ford Bronco with a stick is targeted to be available by late 2021, assuming there are no more production delays ahead of us. While we aren’t sure what this means for buyers who have already ordered their truck, we’re sure that more than a few of them will be making a call to their local dealer.