Most of us don’t live in the American Southwest, where we can truly enjoy the high-speed off-road capabilities of the formidable Ford Raptor. The Raptor is also just too wide to be that handy around town. Ford’s answer is an SUV for the masses, the Ford F-150 Tremor 2021.
The F-150 tremor sits right between the FX4 and the Raptor in the Ford Offroad Truck hierarchy. So far only on offer at the Super duty Lineup and ranger Truck, the Tremor Offroad Package has now found its way to the world’s best-selling truck, the Ford F-150. The F-150 Tremor was designed to be more off-road while maintaining its urban manners.
This truck is ready for almost any adventure, but expect it to be a little slower than the fast Raptor that is still the king of the Ford off-road truck lineup.
“As with Super Duty Tremor and Ranger Tremor, the introduction of the all-new F-150 Tremor is a direct response to how customers use our trucks to facilitate their outdoor lifestyle. The F-150 Tremor, with our latest off-road technologies, offers the extra off-road capability you’re looking for, ”said Todd Eckert, Marketing Manager, Ford Truck Group.
2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Offroad Pickup
First, let’s get the elephant out of the room. The F-150 Tremor is only available with a 5’6 ” bed and a SuperCrew cabin. While many of us are ideal for the town folks on duty, we want to camp in our trucks and haul large adventure toys like kayaks and dirt bikes.
Whenever I’m on vehicle-based adventures, I like to sleep with a topper on the truck bed. And since I’m 6’3 ” this short bed just won’t work.
The tremor is made up of the four-door F-150 with a short bed and 3.5 l EcoBoost V6, which is supported by a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission and a suitable four-wheel drive system with two gears.
It then adds off-road extras like a rear limited-slip differential, an optional Torsen limited-slip differential (available late), a Raptor-style front skid plate, improved suspension, and 33-inch General Grabber AT tires mounted on a unique mat are -finish 18-inch wheels.
Newly tuned springs offer a little more ground clearance, better damping at slow speeds and better approach, tip-over and take-off angles (27.6 / 21.2 / 24.3). The chassis also gives the F-150 Tremor more bike travel: 1 inch at the front and 1.5 inches at the rear.
The front hub steering knuckles and upper wishbones have also been redesigned, giving the F-150 Tremor a 1 inch wider stance.
Despite all of these off-road upgrades, the 2021 F-150 Tremor still has the fishing capacity it needs. It offers a towing capacity of 10,900 pounds and can carry a maximum payload of 1,885 pounds. That’s enough to tow lots of RVs and boats, and bring along a ton of gear and a simple slide-in RV.
The tremor color is orange and can be found throughout the truck. The darkened Ford badge is outlined in orange, as are the front and rear tow hooks. There is an orange tremor badge on the fenders, bed sides and tailgate. There are orange accents throughout the interior of the F-150 Tremor, including the contrast stitching in the seats.
The grille, front end, and hood have all been made a bit more muscular and aggressive, but not over the top like the Raptor. Raptor-inspired solid running boards help you get in and out of this tall truck and protect the body from damage on the trail.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is available in three trim levels: Standard, Medium and High. All trim levels have the same chassis upgrades and most off-road upgrades. The Tremor High series features a torque-on-demand transfer case that is similar to the high-performance device on the Raptor. This T-housing combines all-wheel and all-wheel drive for optimal performance in all terrain under all conditions.
As with all modern vehicles, the F-150 Tremor is packed with technology, with much of it focusing on performance and ease off-road in this case. You get selectable driving modes with modes like deep snow / sand, mud / rut, and rock crawl geared towards off-road adventures.
Rock Crawl mode provides all-in functionality for the front by locking the rear diff, turning off stability and traction controls, and displaying the available 360-degree camera view on the center screen. You also get a front camera that provides real-time tire placement and a view of the obstacles in front of the truck that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to see from the driver’s seat.
The Ford Trail Toolbox offers more digital wizardry for off-road driving. This includes the One-Pedal Drive, which makes crawling stones much easier. Press the thin pedal to release and release to brake. The cool part is that the tremor is smart enough that it applies the brakes proportionally when you lift the gas pedal.
An option for the F-150 Tremor is Trail Turn Assist. This system enables tighter turns in slow off-road maneuvers by applying the brakes on the inner rear wheel.
F-150 Tremor availability & prices
The F-150 Tremor is expected to be available from dealers in summer 2021. Official prices have not been announced yet, but we expect the Ford F-150 Tremor to land somewhere between a well-equipped F-150 XLT ($ 50,000) and a Raptor ($ 74,000) in 2021 . The standard base Tremor is likely to be around $ 55,000.
We itches to get behind the wheel of one of these vehicles and check that all off-road upgrades meet their value proposition while the truck remains friendly for everyday use in the city. The F-150 Tremor will no doubt make a great adventure partner on and off the road.