Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is expanding its off-road lineup of trucks with the all-new F-150 Tremor, which combines all-terrain upgrades for tackling trails with enhanced towing and payload capability. The F-150 Tremor will be available next summer.
The F-150 Tremor has been designed and engineered for customers seeking more off-road capability than the available “FX4” package and is the result of watching how customers use their trucks. Ford says its off-roading veterans listened to customers to create a truck that would handle their lifestyle.
Like other F-150s, Tremor uses a high-strength steel frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body. It comes in SuperCrew configuration with a 5.5-foot box, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission plus standard four-wheel drive.
Available in standard, mid, and high equipment groups, F-150 Tremor includes a range of standard and available features. All equipment levels share core suspension hardware that helps balance work with off-road prowess.
The upgraded suspension starts with retuned springs front and rear for added ground clearance and to help keep tires more firmly in contact with terrain. Front hub knuckles and upper control arms are revised while Tremor-specific monotube shocks at the front and twin tube shocks at the rear are tuned for softer damping at low speeds, with additional damping and control for more severe off-road events.
New 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires mounted on matte-finish 18-inch wheels offer added ground clearance and a 1-inch wider stance for improved stability off-road. A Raptor-style bash plate protects front-end components in rough off-road situations. All of these modifications result in an approach angle of 27.6 degrees, breakover angle of 21.2 degrees, and departure angle of 24.3 degrees. Tremor has 1.5 inches more total travel in the rear and an additional inch of total travel in front.
“Like Super Duty Tremor and Ranger Tremor, introducing the all-new F-150 Tremor is a direct response to seeing how customers use our trucks to enable their outdoor lifestyles,” says Todd Eckert, truck group marketing manager for Ford. “F-150 Tremor provides the additional off-road capability they’re looking for with our latest off-road technologies.”
Standard running gear includes a locking rear differential and optional late-availability upgrade to a Torsen limited-slip front across all equipment levels. Tremor high series customers get a torque-on-demand transfer case similar to the high-performance unit in F-150 Raptor. This cutting-edge case merges all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive capabilities to handle virtually any off-road environment.
Tremor has a maximum conventional tow rating of 10,900 pounds, meaning it can handle a sand rail with spare parts, the family camper, boat, or a small fleet of UTVs.
Tremor offers a maximum payload rating of 1,885 pounds, which can be fully kitted for overland setup so customers can put up a campsite when the trail ends. Like other F-150 models equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, Pro Power Onboard is available with 2.0 kilowatts of exportable power in the bed for tools, an air compressor, or electric chainsaw.
The hood and front end are redesigned for a more aggressive profile, while a grille featuring a blacked-out Ford oval is highlighted by the signature Tremor color of Active Orange, which also accentuates two front recovery hooks. Raptor-inspired off-road fixed running boards are mounted close to the body to limit damage, while a cutout rear bumper features a high-flow dual exhaust flanking its two rear recovery hooks. Active Orange-highlighted badging appears on the fenders, bed sides, and tailgate.
Active Orange punctuates an interior loaded with Tremor detailing, including unique seat trim with special stitching, materials and finishes for the instrument panel, center console, and doors.
Functional off-road hardware extends to the cabin, with a six-position auxiliary power switch pack mounted in the overhead console so owners can easily add off-road winches and air compressors. A variety of off-road lighting options can be dealer-installed on all models.
Other features include:
- Available 360-degree camera package.
- Ford Trail Toolbox.
- Available Trail One-Pedal Drive.
- Available Trail Turn Assist.
- Selectable drive modes.
- Hill Descent Control.
- Available Trail Control.
In related news, Ford has announced that the 2021 Ford F-150 ships to dealer showrooms nationwide this week.
America’s best-selling pickup for 43 years, Ford says, has again advanced the state of the art in truck engineering with the all-new truck, which is a fuel economy leader among gas-powered full-size light-duty trucks.
F-150 is assembled in at the Dearborn Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., and features the 3.5-liter PowerBoost V-6 – the only full hybrid available in a pickup – that offers best combined fuel economy rating for gas-powered full-size light-duty pickups with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on 4×2 models. The 4×2 PowerBoost, with EPA-estimated ratings of 25 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, has an EPA-estimated range of 750 miles on a single tank of gas. The 4×4 PowerBoost has an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined fuel economy rating, which is best among 4×4 gas-powered light-duty full-size pickups. The 4×4 PowerBoost-equipped truck has an EPA-estimated range of 700 miles on a single tank of gas.
“Our team spent months living with and observing truck customers at their homes, on job sites. and on the weekends,” says Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer at Ford. “Using electrification, we realized we could now give customers something they had long wanted but didn’t think was possible – tremendous power, great fuel economy, and all-new capabilities to make their F-150 even more productive.”
Delivering 430 horsepower and 570 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque ever for F-150 – the 4×2 PowerBoost truck is rated at a maximum 12,700 pounds of conventional towing with Max Trailer Tow Package and a maximum payload of 2,120 pounds.