Holly Oaks, Mich – The 2021 F-150 Tremor is Ford’s newest addition to its mid-tier off-roading household. Becoming a member of the Tremendous Obligation and Ranger fashions of the identical title, the brand new half-ton slots in between the FX4 off-road package deal and its full-blown Raptor mannequin(s), giving potential patrons entry to elevated functionality with out having to cough up the type of cash its halo vans go for.

When Ford first introduced the half-ton variant of the Tremor, we equated it to a Junior-Varsity Raptor. That comparability nonetheless stands, however to place it in a broader context, it’s meant to compete with the likes of the Chevy Silverado Path Boss, GMC Sierra AT4, Ram 1500 Insurgent and Toyota Tundra TRD Professional. It’s a bit of extra succesful than the FX4 package deal, however lacks the higher-performance powertrain and suspension upgrades of the Raptor.

Primarily based on a short-bed Tremendous Crew mannequin, the Tremor’s customary upgrades embody distinctive entrance hub knuckles and higher management arms, entrance monotube and rear twin-tube shocks, 33-inch all-terrain tires mounted on 18-inch wheels, a 1-inch wider stance, and a Raptor-inspired entrance skid plate. In comparison with a regular F-150 4×4 of the identical configuration, the Tremor good points 1.5 inches of floor clearance within the rear and 1 inch up entrance (listed floor clearance is 9.4 inches). It additionally comes with a regular locking differential within the rear and an non-obligatory Torsen limited-slip differential up entrance.

Ford says that is all good for an method angle of 27.6 levels, breakover angle of 21.2 levels and departure angle of 24.3 levels. Raptor checks in at 31.0 levels, 23.9 levels and 22.7 levels, respectively, with the usual 35-inch tire. The Tremor additionally will get the FX4 off-road package deal’s powertrain programming and drive modes, plus some new methods of its personal, together with the one-pedal drive mode and Path Flip Help options we discovered so helpful on the 2021 Ford Bronco.

It’s powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 good for 400 horsepower. That is 50 fewer ponies  than Raptor’s model of this engine (new or previous), however it’s nonetheless respectable. Whereas the similarities could imbue the Tremor with a “Raptor Basic” vibe, Ford drew a tough line that it wouldn’t let the brand new mid-range providing cross (therefore the shortage of an out there entrance locker or rear coil suspension). Ford says it’s open to increasing the Tremor’s powertrain suite if clients need totally different engines, however it has no plans to take action for the foreseeable future. Need a Tremor with the PowerBoost hybrid or V8? Make your voice heard at your dealership.

Ford introduced out a trio of Tremors for media to pattern at Holly Oaks ORV Park in southeast Michigan – your creator’s unofficial off-road stomping floor. Coincidentally, the course mapped out for Tremor overlapped fairly a bit with the one Jeep prescribed once we examined out the Wrangler Xtreme Recon package deal again in September, solely this time, there was far much less mud. Bummer. Mud is enjoyable.

Let’s get this out of the best way off the highest: off-roading in a half-ton pickup is a much more cerebral course of than doing so in a smaller, extra purpose-built 4×4 like a Bronco or Wrangler. To notice that they’re longer, taller and wider could seem to be emphasizing the plain, however these dimensional challenges really assist rationalize the utility of a number of the Tremor’s options.

Ford was eager to display this, routing us via tight kinks the place the Path Flip Help may actually flex. When you’re not acquainted, the fundamental thought of Path Flip Help is to over-drive the skin rear wheel and brake/under-drive the within rear wheel to successfully pirouette round it, tightening the truck’s total turning radius. That is particularly useful when your turning circle is compromised by four-wheel drive, and doubly so when you could have an extended automobile.

And it really works. We knew that already, however what can seem to be a novelty within the Bronco makes extra sense right here with 3.5 ft extra automobile to take care of. The flexibility to tighten a flip could make the distinction between persevering with on and having to reverse out – and even worse, merely remaining caught. The Tremor’s digicam package deal (non-obligatory on Base or Mid grades; customary with the Excessive grade package deal) is very useful contemplating the huge blind spot out entrance ensuing from the lengthy hood and its upright nostril. The entrance digicam is an absolute life-saver when traversing blind crests or approaching pointy floor obstacles.

The opposite hand-me-down from Ford’s more-advanced 4x4s, its one-pedal-driving mode, isn’t fairly as useful right here. It nonetheless capabilities the identical manner it does in Ford’s different off-roaders, however the heft of a half-ton pickup makes it a bit tougher to finesse. Whereas Path Flip Help will get extra helpful the larger and longer your truck will get, one-pedal driving is extra satisfying the smaller your automobile is.

When you’ve ever pushed a heavy automotive or truck with a guide transmission (or locked an computerized into first gear), you’re most likely acquainted with the lashing sensation that may outcome while you’re not easy along with your throttle inputs. 5-thousand kilos is lots of weight to handle, and Ford’s calibration requires a reasonably wholesome shove of the accelerator to get issues transferring in one-pedal drive mode. Utilizing it with the precision essential to make it worthwhile for crawling over rocks and boulders would require some observe.

Our time with the Tremor was fairly temporary and we weren’t in a position to pattern it on pavement, however we will confidently say that it does the job Ford needs it to: function an alternative choice to the middle-tier 4×4 fashions provided by the competitors with out cannibalizing Raptor gross sales. The most cost effective Tremor will set you again $51,200 (together with $1,695 for vacation spot) and it comes loaded up for only a hair lower than the roughly $65,000 base value of a brand new Raptor.

Whereas a Silverado Path Boss may be had within the low-$40,000 vary, constructing the Chevy with an equal engine will get you into the identical ballpark because the Tremor. By that metric, Ford’s mid-range providing seems to be a superb match for a market that may’t appear to get sufficient off-road vans, and between Raptor R and no matter GM has in retailer for its half-ton lineup, there doesn’t seem like an finish in sight.

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