A Manual Ford Bronco? Oh, It Might Happen
Much to the chagrin of enthusiasts, manual transmissions are becoming less and less common offerings on new vehicles. Ford may be bucking this trend with the 2021 Bronco, which is reported to be lined up for a stick.
According to The Fast Lane Car, “a most recent report from a Ford dealership” suggests that the 2021 Ford Bronco will offer drivers their choice of a manual or automatic transmission. This would be consistent with a report from last October that had Getrag and Ford working together on a seven-speed manual transmission that would work with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. The Bronco is also rumored to be offered with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which would likely be mated to the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
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The report, gleaned from a TFLCar viewer who spoke with a local dealer, also has the 2021 Ford Bronco getting 33-inch off-road tires in an effort to compete with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The Wrangler is also offered with a six-speed manual, and the incorporation of 33-inch tires and a seven-speed manual would go a long way toward helping Ford score conquest sales from its off-road rival.
Little is truly known about the 2021 Ford Bronco ahead of its launch next year. Ford is said to be offering a cloth top canopy, detachable doors, and two- and four-door body styles. Thus far, nearly two years since the announcement of the Bronco’s long-awaited return, Ford has only confirmed that the Bronco will get a hybrid variant.
As with all Bronco rumors, we’ll just have to wait and see what Ford says when it reveals its off-road SUV … hopefully sooner rather than later.
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News Source: TFLCar