Shortly after the 2021 Ford Bronco debuted, lovers taking part in round with the configuration instruments unearthed a considerably troubling element: The enticing Sasquatch bundle — which provides 35″ tires and locking differentials and is ostensibly obtainable on each variant of the brand new 4×4 — is just obtainable with the 10-speed computerized transmission. Even with the two.3-liter engine, which might usually be mated to the seven-speed guide, including the Sasquatch bundle required choosing the auto.

However in accordance with Bronco Nation (the brand new Ford-supported Bronco group), Blue Oval engineers have been noticed testing a manual-transmission prototype with all the Sasquatch bundle goodies. 

Bronco Nation was on the bottom for sturdiness testing in Moab, UT a number of weeks in the past the place a 2.3L guide Badlands Bronco was used. We had been in a position to experience in that Bronco, however on the time it was working on 33-in., non-Sasquatch tires,” the group put up says. “Since then, Bronco Nation has obtained further photographs of this similar testing unit now outfitted with 35-in. tires and what seems to be the Sasquatch bundle. We’re in a position to affirm that it’s the similar unit primarily based on the automobile I.D. (Automobile 301W412) quantity discovered on the yellow sticker on the prime of the windshield.” 

There’s not a lot to see within the photographs aside from what’s famous right here, however you may examine them out on the above hyperlink if you wish to see this re-jiggered prototype within the proverbial metallic. 

Till Ford confirms in any other case, we’re nonetheless working underneath the belief that, like the two.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V6, if you would like the Sasquatch bundle, you are caught with the 10-speed. So, it is doable to get the locking differentials, Bilstein off-road shocks and 4.7:1 gear ratios (together with the aforementioned monster tires) with out choosing the bigger six-cylinder. For many who are on the lookout for the Bronco’s “Rubicon” equal, the Badlands mannequin is your ticket. No matter engine selection, you may choose locking differentials, massive tires, additional top, and far, way more.