Heading into 2021, Ford is offering Ranger customers the new Tremor Off-Road Package straight off the factory floor, going over and above the already capable FX4 Off-Road Package most truck fans are well aware of.
Until a Ranger Raptor comes to fruition in North America, the Tremor Off-Road Package is the closest we’ll get to a factory-built, proper off-road beast in mid-size form, offering a new level of all-terrain capability while maintaining the truck’s pulling power, payload, and daily driving attributes. As the Blue Oval puts it, “Tremor gives Ranger customers a new level of off-road confidence and fun.”
Frankly, with this new option available on mid XLT and high Lariat series 2021 Ranger trucks, why even wait for a beastly Ranger Raptor our friends in Australia currently have? Keep reading, you’ll see why.
Of course, if this OEM Tremor package or the 200 Ranger-specific dealer-installed available accessories isn’t cutting it, Ranger customers can send their new truck to California-based Automotive Performance Group (APG) for this ProRunner Series 1 package, or to Michigan-based ROUSH Performance for a hefty XLT trim upgrade. Or, how about 350-hp VelociRaptor Ranger level-up from the folks at Texas-based Hennessey for a cool $64,950?
So, what gives the Ranger Tremor an overlanding edge?
On the performance front, Ford really went the distance here, adding a long list of upgrades overlanders will appreciate. From improved off-road metrics including better approach angles to the addition of FOX 2.0 monotube dampers, extra recovery hooks in the back, skid plates, and a dash-mounted six-switch auxiliary power bank to control accessories like winches and air compressors, the Tremor upgrade is in many ways a Ranger Raptor will everyday drivability.
Nearly an inch higher than the base Ranger SuperCrew 4×4, the Tremor-equipped 2021 Ranger gains 9.7 inches of ground clearance thanks to a lifted suspension, redesigned front knuckles, and new 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels wrapped in burly 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX all-terrain tires.
Daily driver with serious off-road abilities
Overall, Ford didn’t want to compromise the Ranger’s daily driving habits like comfortable handling, while still providing truck owners the ultimate little hauler capable of going off-the-grid backed by the right performance upgrades.
As Ford’s truck marketing manager puts it, “Ranger Tremor can be your daily driver during the week then transform into your off-road adventure vehicle come Saturday morning.”
Check out our full 2019 Ranger first drive review here.
20 key upgrades from the Tremor Off-Road Package
- lifted suspension
- redesigned front knuckles
- new 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels wrapped in burly 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX all-terrain tires
- FOX 2.0 monotube dampers with remote rear reservoirs and hydraulic rebound stops
- tuned front and rear springs
- A multi-leaf rear spring setup for increased wheel travel
- reduced anti-roll bar stiffness for improved off-road comfort
- improved off-road metrics: 30.9-degree approach angle and 24.2-degree breakover angle
- 6.5 inch front suspension increase
- 8.1 inch rear suspension increase
- frame-mounted steel front bash plate
- underbody skid plates
- recalibrate traction control system (Terrain Management System > Trail Control) for better pickup and traction in gravel
- 2 new rear recovery hooks
- New hoop steps for better all-terrain styling
- 6-switch auxiliary power bank mounted to the dash (rated loads of 25 amps, 15 amps and 10 amps, plus three switches at 5 amps)
- New front grille with a Magnetic-painted surround with black bars running across the middle and red nostril accents in the corners
- optional hood and body graphics package
- Tremor badging on cargo box left and right sides
- Tremor stitched into the seatbacks
Price and availability for new Tremor Off-Road Package
All Tremor Off-Road Package-equipped 2021 Rangers will be built out of Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and available on mid XLT and high Lariat series 2021 Ranger trucks with SuperCrew 4×4 configuration.
The upgrade will cost $4,290 in the US, while Canadians can expect to pay C$5,250.