This is Ford’s way of making up for the Ranger Raptor

Customers in the U.S. have been craving the Ranger Raptor since it was announced for other markets. Ford has denied giving the pleasure so far, but there is news of the Ranger Raptor finally heading Stateside when the 2022 Ranger arrives. Since that is still some time away, the Blue Oval has decided to give us a taste of what to expect by introducing the Tremor off-road package for the mid-size pickup truck. While it is no Raptor, it is a lot more capable than the existing FX4 off-road package. Ford has priced the package at $4,290, but the catch is that is won’t be available on all the trims.

What Makes The Ranger Tremor Special?

The Ford Ranger Tremor will come equipped with 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels wrapped in 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX all-terrain tires. This, coupled with the lifted suspension bring the ground clearance to 9.7 inches; 0.8 inches higher than the standard Ranger.

The biggest highlight of this package are the FOX 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks on all four corners. These come with retuned springs and hydraulic rebound stops for a comfortable ride on tarmac, and softer anti-roll bars for better handling around the corners and off the roads. The suspension travel range at the front is now increased to 6.5 inches, whereas the rear increases to 8.1 inches, thanks to a multi-leaf rear spring setup.

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Apart from this, the Ranger Tremor also benefits from:

  • Frame-Mounted Steel Front Bash Plate
  • Underbody Skid Plates
  • Rear Locking Differential
  • Two New Tow Hooks At The Rear
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The Tremor also features a Terrain Management System with four drive modes and Trail Control function. Ford says the traction control system here is recalibrated to offer better acceleration and improved traction off the road. The truck also takes a wider profile now because of the all-terrain tires and wider fenders.

Is There Anything Different On The Inside And Outside?

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The Ranger Tremor features a few changes on the outside as well as inside the cabin. For starters, it receives aesthetic upgrades in the form of big Tremor stickers on the sides of the truck, similar to the ones seen on the Super Duty models. Optional hood and body package can be purchased for extra moolah to further upgrade the appearance. The grille up front is now painted in black and gray with distinctive red “nostril” accents.

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On the inside, the Ranger Tremor features seats with Miko suede inserts and “Tremor” stitching on the seatbacks, along with black accents.

You also get to control accessories like winches, lights, and air compressors, courtesy of the six-switch auxiliary power bank mounted to the dash. These are rated to take loads of 25 amps, 15 amps, and 10 amps on one switch each, and three switches at five amps each.

The End Result

Thanks to all the upgrades, the Ranger Tremor approach angle is now rated at 30.9 degrees, departure angle at 25.5 degrees, and the breakover angle at 24.4 degrees. These are up by 2.2 degrees, 0.1 degrees, and 2.7 degrees, respectively, when compared to the base Ranger. The towing and payload ratings are not affected despite these add-ons. The Ranger Tremor can tow up to 7,500 pounds and haul up to 1,430 pounds.

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Final Thoughts

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The Tremor continues to be powered by the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that dishes out 270 ponies and 310 pound-feet of twist. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Tremor off-road package for the Ranger will be available only on the Ranger XLT and Lariat trims in the SuperCrew 4x4 configuration.

2021 Rangers equipped with the Tremor Off-Road Package will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant and will start rolling out in the first-quarter of 2020.

2020 Ford Ranger specifications
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost
Horsepower 270 HP
Torque 310 LB-FT
Fuel economy city/highway/combined 21/26/26 combined
Transmission 10-speed automatic

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Ford today answers the call of Ranger customers asking for an even more off-road-capable and agile Built Ford Tough midsize truck, revealing the new available Tremor Off-Road Package designed to help owners tackle even rougher off-road terrain without compromising Ranger’s payload and tow ratings. 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor goes beyond today’s already-capable FX4 Off-Road Package, making it the most off-road-capable factory-built Ranger ever offered in the U.S.

“Tremor gives Ranger customers a new level of off-road confidence and fun,” said Chad Callander, Ford Ranger marketing manager. “With increased ground clearance, off-road tuned suspension and aggressive Continental General Grabber tires, Tremor elevates Ranger’s off-roading capability even further while keeping the unique advantages that come with a cargo box for hauling gear anywhere.”

Tremor starts with a lifted suspension, redesigned front knuckles and 32-inch Continental General Grabber™ A/TX all-terrain tires on new 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels that combine to deliver 9.7 inches of ground clearance – 0.8 inches more than the base Ranger SuperCrew 4x4.

FOX™ 2.0 monotube dampers with remote rear reservoirs and hydraulic rebound stops are tuned for a comfortable ride on pavement while offering control over severe terrain. The shocks are specially tuned with progressive rebound end zone damping to support vehicle control where the pavement ends. Front and rear springs are tuned for greater off-road composure. A multi-leaf rear spring setup enables increased wheel travel. Anti-roll bar stiffness has been reduced to minimize disruption over rough terrain and improve comfort off-road.

Tremor boosts Ranger’s off-road metrics, including a 30.9-degree approach angle, up 2.2 degrees from the base SuperCrew 4x4, a 25.5-degree departure angle, which is up 0.1 degrees and a 24.2-degree breakover angle, up 2.7 degrees.

Compared to base Ranger, front suspension travel increases to 6.5 inches. Rear suspension travel increases to 8.1 inches. Together, these improvements mean customers can confidently tackle more challenging terrain on their way to their next epic destination.

Ranger Tremor includes a frame-mounted steel front bash plate and underbody skid plates, rear locking differential, Terrain Management System™ with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control™. Tremor’s traction control system is recalibrated for improved acceleration and traction in gravel, so customers can punch it in a washout with gusto.

Ranger Tremor comes with two new recovery hooks in the rear, in addition to the two up front. It takes a wider profile thanks to the Tremor-specific General Grabber all-terrain tires, wheels and wider wheel lip moldings. New hoop steps give Ranger Tremor additional off-road styling and functionality without sacrificing ground clearance.

Despite its improved off-road capability, Tremor maintains Ranger’s utility in everyday adventures with a smooth, comfortable on-road ride, plus 1,430-pound maximum payload and available 7,500-pound maximum towing capacity, so customers can haul bikes, boats, campers and other gear on their adventures.

Customers can now also control accessories like winches, lights and air compressors thanks to Tremor’s six-switch auxiliary power bank mounted to the dash with rated loads of 25 amps, 15 amps and 10 amps, plus three switches at 5 amps.

“Ranger Tremor can be your daily driver during the week then transform into your off-road adventure vehicle come Saturday morning,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “With its added off-road capability combined with the six-switch auxiliary bank and more than 200 Ranger-specific dealer-installed available accessories, Ranger Tremor is a very capable overlanding rig.”

Tremor adds new styling features inside and out. The grille features a Magnetic-painted surround with black bars running across the middle and red nostril accents in the corners. Special badging comes on both sides of the cargo box, and an optional hood and body graphics package adds extra personalization. The stylish interior features seats with Miko suede inserts and “Tremor” stitched into the seatbacks, as well as black accents.

Ranger Tremor comes with the proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine with 270 horsepower and best-in-class gas torque of 310 lb.-ft., paired to a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission and standard 4x4 with electronic locking rear differential.

“No matter if you’re on-road or off-road, your truck needs to be tough,” said Callander. “That’s why toughness is engrained in Ranger’s DNA throughout design, engineering and testing. Tremor gives you the added confidence to get to where you need to go because it’s engineered to the same standards you expect in a Built Ford Tough truck.”

The Tremor Off-Road Package is available on mid XLT and high Lariat series 2021 Ranger trucks with SuperCrew 4x4 configuration. Package pricing is $4,290 MSRP. 2021 Rangers equipped with the Tremor Off-Road Package will be built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, with production slated to begin early next year.

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