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Published on September 15th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Ford Launches Tremor Off-Road Pack For US Rangers

Targeting the small percentage of buyers who actually take their trucks off-road. 

To the Ranger owners who think that the FX4 variant of the Ranger isn’t hardcore enough, and the Ranger Raptor is out of your reach, the new Tremor Off-Road Package launched for the Ranger by Ford today might just be the thing you were looking for. 

Building on the FX4 Off-Road Package, Ford claims that the new Ranger Tremor is ‘the most off-road-capable factory-built Ranger ever offered in the U.S.’ Perhaps forgetting that the Ranger Raptor exists within its lineup. That being said, the specs of this new off-road package does seem to do well to back up that claim. 

The biggest change the Tremor package brings will probably be to the suspension. A lifted suspension setup consisting of FOX dampers, revised springs and redesigned front knuckles aim to provide a comfortable ride on-road while improving the Ranger’s off-road ability. 

In terms of numbers, with 32 inch Continental off-road tires wrapped around 17 inch alloy wheels, a 0.8 inch improvement on ground clearance over the stock Ranger to 9.7 inches (24.6 cm) may not seem like a lot. However, the Ranger Tremor’s suspension travel figures of 6.5 inches (16.6 cm) up front and 8.1 inches (20.6 cm) at the back are suitably more impressive.  

Body-mounted steel bash plate and underbody skid plates prevent the Ranger from getting bashed too badly off the beaten path. Two two hooks in the front and rear respectively makes it easy to rescue the Ranger from trouble while also adding to the off-road aesthetic. 

Speaking of styling, the main exterior differences of the Ranger Tremor is that it adds a Magnetic Silver grille to match the alloys, in addition to the obligatory Tremor stickers plastered along the side of the truck. Additional hood and body graphics are available as part of an optional package to emphasise to the world that this truck is a Ranger Tremor. 

As for the interior, the Tremor off-road package adds Miko suede inserts on the seats with Tremor stitched onto the seat back, to further remind you off this truck’s off-road ability. More useful to the off-road enthusiasts in the cabin is perhaps the Tremor’s dash mounted six-switch auxiliary power bank that can be hooked up to control auxiliary lights, winches and other after-market electrical systems added to the truck. 

Powered by the standard issue 2.3 litre Ecoboost turbocharged four cylinder mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission as in other Rangers, the Ranger Tremor makes a healthy 270 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Standard rear looking differentials and Ford’s Terrain Management System with Trail Control adds further off-road prowess to the Ranger Tremor. 

A $4,290 (RM 17,800) package in itself, the Tremor off-road package can be optioned on the mid XLT and high Lariat series of the American-spec Rangers. It might seem like a lot of money, then again you do get quite a lot of kit. 

As for whether it will come to Malaysia, since Ford Malaysia has launched the Ranger Raptor here already, in addition to all the other Ranger variants you can think off, it will only be a matter of time that the Ranger Tremor makes its way to our shores. So to the Ranger owners who actually take their pickups off-road, this might probably be the cheaper alternative to that dream Ranger Raptor. 

PRESS RELEASE: 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 4×4.

FOX™ 2.0 monotube dampers with rear piggyback 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 4×4, 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 4×4 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 4×4 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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