Going well beyond the capabilities of the existing FX4 package, it’s what many enthusiasts were waiting for—and a finally a response to the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. At least until the rumoured Ranger Raptor lands in North America.
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The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor starts with a raised suspension and 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX all-terrain tires on new 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels. Compared to the base SuperCrew 4x4 model, ground clearance is increased to 9.7 inches (+0.8), while approach, breakover and departure angles expand to 30.9 degrees (+2.2), 24.2 degrees (+2.7) and 25.5 degrees (+0.1), respectively.
More specifically, the suspension features FOX 2.0 monotube dampers with rear piggyback reservoirs and hydraulic rebound stops that are tuned for better control over severe terrain, including progressive rebound end zone damping. The revised front and rear springs further improve off-road stability while increasing wheel travel (6.5 inches front and 8.1 inches rear). Ford has also reduced the stiffness of the anti-roll bar to minimize disruption over rough terrain and therefore improve comfort.
Moreover, there’s a locking rear differential along with a Terrain Management System offering four distinct drive modes and Trail Control. The traction control system is recalibrated for improved acceleration and traction in gravel, Ford says.
Physically, the Ranger Tremor further stands out with a steel front bash plate and underbody skid plates, two new recovery hooks in the rear (in addition to the two up front), wider wheel lip mouldings and new hoop steps on the sides.
The grille sports 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. Inside, look for unique seats with Miko suede inserts and “Tremor” stitched into the seatbacks, as well as various black accents.
And good news for those who like to work hard: the 1,430-pound maximum payload and available 7,500-pound maximum towing capacity remain unchanged. Designers have even incorporated a six-switch auxiliary power bank to the dash with rated loads of 25 amps, 15 amps and 10 amps, plus three switches at 5 amps—ideal for accessories like winches, lights and air compressors.
The Ford Ranger with Tremor Off-Road Package is available exclusively on XLT and Lariat models in SuperCrew 4x4 configuration. It costs $5,250 over a comparable 2021 Ranger. Production is slated to begin early next year. If you ask us, this is money well spent.