Ford answered the call of enthusiasts by adding a manual option to the new Ford Bronco, and it seems that paid off. However, is the news that 25% of reservation holders opted for a manual Bronco? Nope, the initial number was misconstrued.
Does the Ford Bronco come in manual?
Ford announced at the end of 2020 that the brand would be adding a manual option for the 2021 Ford Bronco. According to the brand, reservation holders were clear that a manual Bronco was requested. The high-performance Sasquatch package was made available two and four-door Broncos with a manual transmission.
“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them. 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.”Mark Grueber | Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager
Ford said that this made the Bronco the only 4×4 vehicle with a seven-speed manual and 25-inch tires in its class. The manual transmission coupled with the Sasquatch makes the Bronco even more capable off-road. Unfortunately, the Sasquatch manual is delayed until 2022. The news recently has been that a quarter of all orders have been a manual. Ford responded to The Drive noting that the overall number was 15%, not 25%. About 25% of two-door Bronco orders are for the manual transmission.
Are all the new Broncos manual?
Not all of the new Broncos are manual, but Ford hopes the number will go up. The company has seen some drama with the Bronco production, but so has every other automaker this year. Ford Authority reports that the manual is only available with the less popular 2.3L EcoBoost engine and not the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Ford revealed earlier this year that the Bronco had racked up about 125,000 orders. About 66% of the initial reservations converted into actual orders. About 50% of current orders opted for the Sasquatch package.
Almost 75% of current orders have opted for the four-door model, and about 60% of those opted for the V6 mentioned above. The higher trim levels, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and First Edition, account for about 70% of orders. There is a good variety of new Broncos on order, with about 15% of those two-door Bronco orders opting for a manual.
15% isn’t a bad percentage either way
Even though Ford has seen some delays with production, people still seem excited about the manual option. Since Ford has seen a good response with the offer, that should carry over until the 2022 Sasquatch manual option. Those who have an order in right now were fans of the off-road vehicle enough to put down a very early reservation. Such people would be more likely to opt for a manual, anyway.
Either way, there is definitely demand for a new manual. It will be interesting to see how the Ford Bronco manual fares as production ramps up toward the end of the year. Or if production doesn’t ramp up, as things seem to be going.