The major truck manufacturers have spent the past few years battling to become the market leader in the off-road truck segment. Each is trying to outdo the others with new features and packages designed to make their midsize truck the champion of the trail. These have included specialized suspension systems, increased ground clearance, larger wheels and tires, and other items. Some have even gone so far as to alter the look of the standard pickup to fit an aggressive profile that will be a serious turn on to folks who love to go off-roading, and Ford Trucks are no exception.
While so many of these trucks many look like they can handle the roughest trail, few can really stand up to the challenge. Ford has just introduced the all-new Tremor package for its Ranger midsize trucks, and it looks to have all the goods you will need when you are looking to challenge the toughest terrain in a truck that will not back down. This is a welcome addition to the great lineup of Ford Trucks. Ford is banking that the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor will cause an earthquake that will make a serious tectonic shift in the world of off-road trucking. Let’s take a deeper look at the Tremor and if it set the seismograph rocking and rolling.
A Package That Should Shake Up Your Ford Ranger
Ford is offering the Tremor off-road package on its 2021 Ranger XLT and Lariat trims. The XLT is a midrange trim that will cost less overall than the Lariat and probably represents the better overall value. You will have to choose the SuperCrew cab with 4X4 drivetrain with either trim as a prerequisite to getting the Tremor package. The SuperCrew is the truck cab with two rows of seats and four full-size doors, so your rear-seat passengers will have plenty of room to stretch out as you turn their knuckles white with your off-road driving. The package costs an extra MSRP of $4,290 over the standard cost of the 2021 Ranger, which is reasonable considering all of the extra features you will get.
The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is equipped with the 2.3-liter Ecoboost Ti-VCT I-4 gas engine. It is paired with a very responsive 10-speed automatic transmission that helps it produce 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The 4-wheel drive system on the Ranger features an electronic locking rear differential to better transfer torque to each of the truck’s wheels. This is going to come in handy when you are driving your Ranger Tremor up and over whatever obstacles you encounter on the trail.
A Tremor Package to Rock the World
The Ford Ranger Tremor comes equipped with everything you will need when you hit the trail. The truck has been jacked to provide 9.7 inches of ground clearance, which is 0.8-inches more than on the standard Ranger SuperCrew 4X4 XLT and Lariat. You will definitely appreciate that extra bit of clearance when you are fording streams and crossing boulders in your Ranger Tremor.
Ford has added a special off-road suspension for the Ranger Tremor that features specially tuned front coilover and rear leaf springs. The suspension also rides on a set of FOX 2.0 monotube dampers with rear piggyback reservoirs to give you the ride you need out there on the trail. This works well with Ford’s Terrain Management System, which includes four different drive modes, including Terrain Control for optimum performance no matter what you encounter out there in the wild.
The Ranger Tremor rides on a set of 32-inch General Grabber A/TX all-terrain off-road tires. These larger tires improve the already exceptional traction on the 2021 Ford Ranger. Ford has also recalibrated the traction system on the Ranger to provide better acceleration for off-road situations. Ford has even included a set of red recovery hooks in the rear of the Tremor along with the pair in the front that are standard to the Ranger. There is also a black exposed steel bash plate in the front of the Ranger Tremor and underbody skid plates to better protect from the elements the critical parts located on the bottom of your truck.
The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor proves its abilities with a quick check of the statistics. These special parts are not just for show; they truly improve the ability of this truck to handle the trail. The Ranger Tremor has an improved approach angle of 30.9 degrees, an increased departure angle of 25.5 degrees, and a greater breakover angle of 24.2 degrees. For the sake of comparison, the standard 2021 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 4X4 has an approach angle of 28.7 degrees, a departure angle of 25.4 degrees, and a breakover angle of 21.5 degrees.
Form Follows Function on the Ranger Tremor
One of the most striking things about the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is its great looks. This is not some package that is a bunch of cool stickers and badges on a late model midsize pickup truck. The Ranger Tremor looks like a tougher, more rugged sibling of the standard Ranger. It starts with a wider stance that is a full one-inch greater than that of the base model truck. This gives the Ranger Tremor a sturdier feel as well.
Ford has included a set of seriously cool 17-inch magnetic painted aluminum wheels that are striking to see. These are complemented by magnetic-painted wheel-lip moldings with 1-inch wider offsets. This look carries over to the unique magnetic-painted bumpers on the Ranger Tremor. Hoop steps will help you and your passengers easily enter and exit the lifted Ranger Tremor truck, which comes in handy with the extra ground clearance.
Adding to the aggressive good looks of the Ranger Tremor is a unique grille with magnetic painted surround, black bars, and red nostril accents. Each Ranger Tremor also features a TREMOR box-side decal, so folks will know you mean business. If you want to really complete these exterior looks, you can opt for the available hood, bodyside, and tailgate graphics that complete the red and black theme.
The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor comes in your choice of 9 different colors. You get to choose from Oxford white, race red, iconic silver, velocity blue, cactus gray, rapid red metallic tinted clearcoat, carbonized gray, shadow black, and cyber orange tri-coat. There is a standout color for everyone in this package.
The great looks of the Ranger Tremor are carried over to the truck’s interior. There are package exclusive black accents throughout the passenger cab, as well as ebony seats with Miko suede inserts. Each seat has the TREMOR logo stitched into the seat back head. These are not just great to look at, but they are incredibly comfortable as well. Ford has included a set of all-weather floor mats to better protect the Ranger Tremor’s interior. Finally, there is a special off-road screen on your Ranger Tremor’s Ford SYNC infotainment system to provide you with key information in real-time as you ride the trail in your Tremor.
Tremor is Ready to Rumble
For most midsize off-road trucks, there is a real tradeoff of utility purposes. While they give you all the features you need for the trail, they come at the cost of payload and trailering. This is not the case with the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor.
Ford has designed this package with an eye toward making sure you can still use your Ranger Tremor for towing and hauling even when you’re just having fun on the trails. As a result, the Ranger Tremor has a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. In addition, the Tremor can carry up to 1,430 pounds in its payload bed. There are few standard, midsize trucks on the market today that can meet these numbers, let alone ones that have been designed for off-roading.
Ford shows its commitment to its consumers by including a 6-switch auxiliary power pack in the payload bed of the Ranger Tremor. This will help you manage accessories like winches, air compressors, and light bars without having to drag a generator along with you. This power pack is sure to come in handy with power equipment if you plan to take your 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor on a camping trip.
If you are serious about off-roading, then you should get ready to shake things up with your 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor. This is not just a little aftershock. The Ranger Tremor is an aftershock of seismic proportions that is sure to change the topography of the entire midsize off-road pickup truck market.