Some good news has circled the internet for fans of off-road SUVs: the upcoming Ford Bronco could bring a seven-speed manual transmission with it when it debuts. While that’s great for Ford fans, we can’t help but wonder if General Motors and Chevy have any intention to compete in the segment.
A bit of background on the transmission first. Jalopnik reported Tuesday that sources claim Ford has a manual transmission ready for the new Bronco and it’s partnered with Getrag to develop the gearbox. To bolster the sources’ credibility, the writer scoured LinkedIn profiles for various Getrag employees. Many of them shared a project they’re currently working on: “6/7MTI550.” The six and seven refer to the number of gears in transmission codename speak, while the latter letters and numbers refer to torque measured in Newton meters. The codename also falls in line with a previous Ford project Getrag worked on: the Mustang’s MT-82 six-speed manual, which carried the 6MTI500 working name.
Judging by the transmission’s torque rating in Nm, the manual will be able to handle up to 405 pound-feet of torque, which means we’ll likely see the seven-speed gearbox pair with Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. A seven-speed manual would also make the Bronco one of just a few production cars to carry such a gearbox. Notably, the C7 Corvette introduced a seven-speed manual.
Back to our question on hand: will Chevy actually compete with the Bronco? The SUV will certainly score some major cool points for offering a manual transmission, which also puts the Jeep Wrangler squarely in the vehicle’s sights. Meanwhile, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is merely a front-wheel-drive-based crossover with optional all-wheel drive. The CUV won’t be doing any sort of extreme off-roading, and it most definitely won’t offer a manual transmission option.
Is Ford about to walk all over GM with a home run of a Bronco? Talk to us below.