You Can Now Order a Ford Bronco Sasquatch with the Manual
Last year, we, and a ton of other manual-transmission enthusiasts, pleaded with Ford to add the option to the Bronco Sasquatch, and it listened. #SavetheManuals
Shortly after the new Ford Bronco’s debut last year, a group of manual-transmission enthusiasts petitioned Ford to add the seven-speed manual to the Bronco’s available Sasquatch off-road package. We helped out with the cause, calling out Ford in this story’s headline to add the stick to the options sheet, and thankfully we, with the rest of the enthusiast community, have some clout because Ford added the option for the 2022 model year—and you can order it now.
If you’ve seen a hulking Bronco driving around jacked up on big rubber, those trucks are likely equipped with the Sasquatch package. It’s available on every Bronco model and adds things like 35-inch all-terrain tires, beadlock-capable wheels, electronic locking front and rear axles, a 1.2-inch lift, and Bilstein dampers. Ford says that the Sasquatch accounts for more than half of current orders, so naturally, it had to make it even more appealing to enthusiasts by adding the manual.
However, Ford only offers the seven-speed manual transmission on the 300-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is also available with a 10-speed automatic. You can get a manual on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but not with the new Xtreme Recon 35-inch tire package. When we tested a two-door 2021 Bronco Black Diamond with the stick, we found that “shift throws are on the long side, but the manual goes into gear without a fuss.” The Bronco’s other engine option is a 330-hp 2.7-liter V-6 that’s only available with the 10-speed. A high-performance Bronco Raptor model is coming.
We hopped over to Ford’s online configurator to spec out a four-door Badlands model with the seven-speed manual (pictured above). If we ordered one, and we want to since we just named the Bronco a 2022 10Best winner, we’d select options such as the newly available Eruption Green paint, the Carbonized Grey molded-in-color hard top ($695), and the heavy duty front bumper ($575) for a total of $51,695, although a base model with the Sasquatch package and the manual might be the move.
Customers might still have to wait a while to get their 2022 Broncos as Ford has been dealing with supplier issues, but we hope to start seeing plenty of manual-equipped Sasquatches on the road soon (#SavetheManuals).