There’s been a lot of excitement about the new Ranger, but off-road enthusiasts are still looking for any information they can get on the new Ford Bronco. While it’s not due until 2020, we’ve managed to learn quite a bit about the Blue Oval’s new Jeep fighter, and now our friends at Jalopnik are reporting a very interesting bit of news: it might get a seven-speed manual transmission. Of course, nobody at Ford is confirming this report but here’s the juiciest bit from the post:
According to sources who spoke with Jalopnik, Ford has tapped Getrag to build a manual transmission for the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco. The new transmission which is to be dubbed, the MT-88 will be a seven-speed gearbox and will likely be paired with their 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
Ford currently partners with Getrag to produce the MT-82 six-speed manual for the Mustang, so it is possible that this new transmission will feature some similar components or possibly even end up in the next generation of that car.
So not only does it look like Bronco fans might get a chance to row their own gears, it seems like the Mustang might also get the new gearbox, and would join the Chevrolet Corvette and the Porsche 911 in the seven-speed manual club.
Right now, we know that the Bronco will be built on the Ranger platform, will have a hybrid powertrain option, and will be build right here in the USA. At this point, we don’t know if it’ll get solid axles, but if Ford really wants to go after the Jeep crowd, it would make sense to go with a beefy Dana units, as has be rumored. The teaser Ford released a little while back indicates the next-gen Bronco will share its predecessor’s boxy shape, and we can’t wait to get a better look at it.
There’s sure to be plenty more info on the new rig before it arrives at your local AutoNation Ford dealer, so stay tuned for updates.