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Power to the people: Ford adds manual transmission to Sasquatch package

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Pre-production versions of the 2021 Bronco, shown here, include Bronco two-door in Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat and Bronco four-door in Cactus Gray. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

When Ford first revealed that it was not adding the seven speed manual transmission to the 2021 Ford Bronco’s Sasquatch package, many fans of the model immediately took the company to task for the move, and also did not buy Ford’s subsequent reason for not adding it to that particular variant (we didn’t either for the record.) However, following a strange series of events that occurred involving the Bronco Nation, the company has confirmed that it has caved to surging demand, and will indeed give Bigfoot a seven geared manual alternative after all.

Customization details include an available leather-wrapped shift lever for the class-exclusive 7-speed manual transmission. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Other than the addition of the third pedal, the Sasquatch package will mostly be unchanged, which should please those that immediately fell in love with the option when it was first announced. For those that need a brief refresher course, the Sasquatch package endows the Bronco with 35-inch Goodyear mud terrain tires and 17-inch beadlock wheels. Bilstein shocks and a wider track are also part of the menu, and Dana electronic locking differentials help give the Sasquatch the poise needed to slay tough obstacles, and elude detection by Jeep badged tourists.

“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them” said Mark Grueber consumer marketing manager for Bronco. “Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission – another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can.”

While Ford still has not released pricing on the Sasquatch package as of yet, we can safely assume that it will be a small premium on top of the price of a default Bronco. But this figure is balanced out by the Sasquatch’s versatility, with the package being optional on the Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, and Badlands trims, and standard on both the Wildtrak and the sold out First Edition Bronco models.

This latest example of people power is pretty potent in its own right, but it’s actually not the first time that Ford has been forced to abruptly change plans due to consumer feedback. Back in the 1980s, Ford higher ups had plans to replace the rear wheel drive Mustang, with the front-wheel drive Probe sports car.

The core idea was to make the Mustang more modern and prepare it for the 1990s. However, the press at the time caught wind of the plan, and after a near revolt by Mustang loyalists, the company aborted this move, and designed a new iteration of Mustang that went on sale a few years later. Just as well too since the Probe was anything but a sales success during its time in production.

As for the manual equipped Sasquatch, there’s still one catch tied to Ford’s resident cryptid, and that’s the wait for it to arrive in showrooms. While other flavors of the Bronco will be arriving in spring, the manual equipped Sasquatch will make its way to dealerships later in 2021. In the meantime, Ford has released a brief video which can be seen below.

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