Ford will once again offer a Tremor package on the F-150, creating an off-road focused model that joins its Ranger and Super Duty Tremor trucks already on the market.
For the F-150, the Tremor trim begins with a four-wheel-drive crew cab equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and adds a taller suspension and 33-inch General Grabber tires for increased ground clearance and improved approach and departure angles. A locking rear differential comes standard, while a Torsen limited-slip front differential will be a later addition to the options list. Standard equipment also includes a front bash plate, to protect the truck’s underbelly; off-road running boards; and a unique hood and grille that set the Tremor apart from other, more pedestrian F-150s. The Tremor might be the best-looking version of the 14th-generation F-150 we’ve seen so far.
The new Tremor will boast 1885 pounds of payload capacity, making it more than capable of hauling any combination of overlanding gear or powersports toys you could fit in the bed.
Ford knows that lots of F-150 drivers desire increased off-road ability and have given buyers a way to get just about everything they could ask for without having to rely on the aftermarket for leveling kits and hardware. If buyers do want to upgrade, Ford is ready for that as well. There’s an overhead console switch panel ready to seamlessly integrate lights, an air compressor, or other electrical accessories.
In addition to the hardware, Ford will offer electronic gadgets that help drivers navigate over and around trial obstacles. Optional Trail Control works like low-speed cruise control, allowing drivers to focus on picking the right line rather than maintaining a steady throttle. Trail One-Pedal Drive is for even more intricate maneuvering like low-speed rock crawling; the system applies the brakes as the driver lifts off the throttle to provide precise control. Finally, Trail Turn Assist brakes only the inside rear wheel, to reduce the turning radius—this feature will be especially helpful when negotiating tight trails in a full-size crew cab pickup.
Of course, Ford should soon offer the next-generation Raptor for even more ambitious off-roaders that want to blast over whoops at speed—but until the next iteration of the Raptor debuts, the Tremor will lead the off-road charge for the popular F-150 brand. From where we sit, the Tremor seems to have hit a sweet spot in capability and, hopefully, in price. Ford hasn’t mentioned an MSRP just yet, but the Tremor is due next summer, when it will go head-to-head with Ram’s Rebel and Chevrolet’s Silverado Trail Boss, and we’ll receive pricing information well before then.