Ford has listened to its customers.
When the Ford Bronco was first launched, customers had one major complaint. The popular Sasquatch Package adds a variety of off-road goodies but was only compatible with the 10-speed automatic transmission, not the surprisingly popular seven-speed manual. An online petition followed, and a few months later, Ford delighted its fans by confirming that the package would now be offered with the manual.
Those wanting this combination have had to be patient but the manual-equipped Bronco with the Sasquatch upgrade is finally available to order. Ford's Jim Farley confirmed the news in a tweet earlier this week, saying: "You asked and we delivered."
As with the design of the Ford Maverick's power frunk, the company should be commended for making a genuine effort to listen to customers and offer the products and features that have been asked for.
Even better news is that the Sasquatch Package isn't restricted to upper trims. It's also offered on the most basic two-door derivative. On this particular model, the package costs $6,590. It adds 17-inch black high gloss-painted aluminum wheels that are beadlock-capable. These are wrapped in 35-inch BSW mud-terrain tires. Other than this, the package adds a high clearance suspension with a 1.2-inch lift, high clearance fender flares, and a 4.7 final drive ratio with electronic-locking front and rear axles.
The price of the package changes on some trims. For example, it costs $4,200 on the higher-spec Outer Banks model. The Wildtrak, designed for high-speed off-roading, gets the Sasquatch Package as standard, although this model has a much higher base price of $47,780.
There are other changes to the 2022 Bronco that are worth noting, such as a new optional powder-coated steel bumper with built-in recovery points, an optional slide-out tailgate table, and two new colors. These are Eruption Green Metallic and Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. But it's the manual Bronco with the Sasquatch Package that is one of the most desirable configurations of the off-roader. Production of the 2022 Bronco begins next month.