There are two big newities on the horizon for the Bronco. The Raptor is arguably the most important because previous Raprots were all pickup trucks based on the F-150 and Ranger. Coming in a close second, customers can look forward to the “Mansquatch” optional extra.
Confirmed by the attached order guide, the manual-equipped Sasquatch package was teased by the Ford Motor Company in September 2020 after plenty of complaints from prospective customers. Although manuals are a dying breed, the seven-speed tranny of the Bronco ticks all the right boxes.
For starters, the Sasquatch-equipped Bronco can properly compete with the Rubicon. The Jeep Wrangler in this configuration is rocking a six-speed box with a low first gear for crawling. It’s also worth mentioning that Ford’s seven-speed transmission features a crawler gear that provides a 94.75.1 crawl ratio in combination with the Advanced 4×4 system. This four-by-four setup utilizes an electronically-controlled transfer case that enables four driving modes in addition to neutral. 4.7 electronic-locking diffs also need to be mentioned, along with high-clearance fenders and suspension from Bilstein, 17-inch aluminum wheels, as well as big mud-terrain tires.
Regardless of transmission, the Sasquatch-equipped Bronco is only available with the base powerplant. Ford says the 2.3-liter EcoBoost makes 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet (441 Nm) of torque on premium fuel while 87 octane downgrades the ratings to 270 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm).
The 2022 Ford Bronco price list also reveals a suggested retail price of $4,090 for the Sasquatch Package on the Badlands off-road trim level, including the $1,595 automatic transmissions with ten forward ratios. Base and Big Bend customers have to spend $6,590 on the go-anywhere option.
Scheduled to enter production in December 2021, the 2022 model year also flaunts two new colors: Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and Eruption Green Metallic. These replace three 2021 model year finishes: Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.