Will the Ford Bronco Sasquatch Get a Stick After All?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
will the ford bronco sasquatch get a stick after all

Ford Bronco enthusiasts were happy that you’ll be able to get a manual transmission. But they weren’t so happy when the company announced that the Sasquatch off-road package would only be available with an automatic transmission.

The Twitter push back was intense, and Ford PR did say that the company would consider offering the Sasquatch on manual-transmission models (the stick is only available with the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine) if there was enough consumer interest.

Apparently, there is.

Reports have surfaced that there’s a prototype of a Bronco in Badlands trim with the Sasquatch package and the seven-speed manual out there doing testing.

The Sasquatch package provides off-road wheels and tires, locking front and rear differentials, full-time four-wheel drive, fender flares with higher clearance, and a suspension tuned for off-road performance that has Bilstein dampers.

The existence of a prototype equipped with Sasquatch Package and a stick doesn’t mean that we’ll see such a vehicle for sale, of course. But it suggests Ford might be at least investigating how the package will work with a manual.

Ford is giving hope to both the save the manuals crowd and those who believe stick-shifts allow for a better off-road experience.

We’ll see if petitions and angry tweets change Ford’s plans regarding the Sasquatch and the stick.

[Image: Ford]

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  • EBFlex EBFlex on Sep 18, 2020

    Yawn. More non news about the Ford Blazer. Are they even building this turd yet?

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Sep 18, 2020

    Sorry, Ford, this is a cool vehicle, but every time I hear the name "Sasquatch" I can't help but think of "The Six Million Dollar Man." youtube.com/watch?v=ef7nRdLQu_4

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Sep 18, 2020

      @FreedMike LOL Kinda like the "E" SUV's = Explorer, Expedition, Excursion

  • Skippity “Things To Watch Out For When Buying a 1979 Mercury Cougar XR-7.” A 1979 Mercury Cougar XR-7.
  • Mike Beranek Would you cross this man? No way!
  • Skippity I kinda like styling. There’s plenty of lookalike boxes on the road. Nice to see something unique.
  • Make_light I drive a 2015 A4 and had one of these as a loaner once. It was a huge disappointment (and I would have considered purchasing one as my next car--I'm something of a small crossover apologist). The engine sounded insanely coarse and unrefined (to the point that I wasn't sure if it was poor insulation or there was something wrong with my loaner). The seats, interior materials, and NVH were a huge downgrade compared to my dated A4. I get that they are a completely different class of car, but the contrast struck me. The Q3 just didn't feel like a luxury vehicle at all. Friends of mine drive a Tiguan and I can't think of one way in which the Q3 feels worth the extra cost. My mom's CX-5 is better than either in every conceivable way.
  • Arthur Dailey Personally I prefer a 1970s velour interior to the leather interior. And also prefer the instrument panel and steering wheel introduced later in the Mark series to the ones in the photograph. I have never seen a Mark III or IV with a 'centre console'. Was that even an option for the Mark IV? Rather than bucket seats they had the exceptional and sorely missed 60/40 front seating. The most comfortable seats of all for a man of a 'certain size'. In retrospect this may mark the point when Cadillac lost it mojo. Through the early to mid/late 70's Lincoln surpassed Cadillac in 'prestige/pride of place'. Then the 'imports' took over in the 1980s with the rise of the 'yuppies'.