Ford has confirmed that the 2020 Bronco will be based on the new Ranger truck platform. While we don’t know that the new Bronco will look like, the little beast will be blocky and designed to go directly against the Wrangler. A new rumor is making the rounds that suggest Ford is working on a 7-speed manual transmission for the Bronco.
A manual option would make sense as the Bronco will target the off-road enthusiast and the benchmark in that field is the Jeep Wrangler. Jeep has long offered a manual option in the Wrangler, and many buyers take that option; Jeep’s manual is a 6-speed.
Cramming a 7-speed into the Bronco would pair up with the rumored 2.7L EcoBoost V6 and give better fuel economy. Getrag is rumored to be working on the new manual under a product name 7MTI550 tipped to handle up to 405 pound-feet of torque. The transmission has the code name 6/7MTI550 says reports.
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