Will a 2021 Ford Bronco or the Next Ford Ranger Get a New 7-Speed Manual Transmission?

It has a low 1st gear for slow speed crawling.

2021 ford bronco rendering
2021 Ford Bronco rendering

A Ford Bronco 7-Speed Manual would be epic

Our friends at the Bronco6G.com forum let out a potential whopper of a rumor. One of their members caught wind of a version of the Getrag MTI550 7-speed manual transmission being readied for the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. The scanned documents advertise the transmission, but there is no mention of the vehicle itself.

This is still unofficial and unconfirmed information.

There are two pages of documentation:

Page 1 (Image Getrag-Ford.com)

Only Jeep and Toyota will offer anything competitive with the Bronco that has a manual transmission (Nissan is dropping the manual in the Frontier soon). The gearing on the Jeep Aisin AL6 six-speed manual transmission is:

  • 1st – 5.13
  • 2nd – 2.63
  • 3rd – 1.53
  • 4th – 1.00
  • 5th – 0.81
  • 6th – 0.72

The (possible) Ford MTI550 may have a more formidable granny gear at the very least. One huge point in the next document: it says that it is capable of handing up to 800 NM / 590 lbs-feet of torque. That’s far more than we were expecting.

Page 2: ( (Image Getrag-Ford.com)

The potential for this 2021 Ford Bronco may have just increased by a factor of awesomeness. With the rest of the market shying away from manual transmissions, it would be impressive if Ford took this step. There are still many off-road enthusiasts who prefer to stir their own and wouldn’t have it any other way.

What do you think? Is this the right step for Ford? Given the fact that they want to take on the Jeep Wrangler directly, I think it is.

Speaking of the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco…

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