We Just Found New Evidence the Ford Bronco Will Have a Stick Shift

Information on a transmission company’s website gives us our best evidence yet.


There’s been a steady drip of information about the new Ford Bronco coming out over the last few months, as FoMoCo prepares to unleash its much-anticipated off-roader upon the world. But few leaks or bits of info have had us quite as excited as this: we now have more evidence to support our previous reporting’s contention that the Bronco will have a Getrag-sourced seven-speed manual transmission.

Ford, as a matter of policy, does not comment on upcoming vehicles, so it’s not official just yet. But a Bronco6g.com forum member discovered what appears to be the information for the Bronco’s seven-speed manual on the Getrag-Ford website. (Getrag’s parent company Magna references the same transmission on its site.)

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The information comes in the form of a presentation slide (seen above), which shows a scalable transmission family called the “Large RWD MT Family 5/6/7MTI550.” That stick shift could be fitted with five, six or seven gears, and handle as much as 442 to 590 lb-ft of torque, depending on the configuration. The seventh gear would be a low-speed crawling gear for off-roading. The slide notes the transmission could be compatible with all-wheel-drive and even hybrid powertrains.

While the slide lists several potential vehicle applications, it does fit the specs we would expect for the Ford Bronco. And while all automotive product launch plans could be unsettled due to the coronavirus outbreak — which already led to cancelation this week’s Geneva Motor Show — we still expect the new Bronco to launch soon.

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