Ford just can't seem to make enough special edition models of the Ranger. From the blacked-out Ranger Thunder in Europe to a Ford Performance special that is basically a watered-down Ranger Raptor, the Blue Oval is fond of dressing up and upgrading the Ranger pick-up truck.
And now Ford has just built what it calls its “most off-road capable, factory-built Ranger ever for US customers”. This is the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor, and it comes with a plethora of off-road upgrades.
While it may look like this particular Ranger only has a distinct set of body graphics, most of its upgrades are actually underneath. For starters, the Ranger Tremor has a lifted suspension, redesigned front knuckles and Fox 2.0 monotube dampers with rear piggyback reservoirs and hydraulic rebound stops. It also has a different set of front and rear springs that were tuned for greater off-road handling, and a multi-leaf rear spring setup that allows for increased wheel travel.
With the upgrades in place, Ford claims the Ranger Tremor has better front and rear suspension travel over rough terrain – with the former having 6.5-inches of travel while the rear has 8.1-inches of travel. Complementing the uprated suspension are the massive 32-inch Continental General Grabber all-terrain tires and the 17-inch Magnetic-painted alloy wheels. All in all, the Ranger Tremor has a generous 246mm of ground clearance.
To keep the chassis protected while on the move, the Ranger Tremor comes with a frame-mounted steel bash plate and underbody skid plates. It also has two front and rear recovery hooks, new hoop steps that Ford says doesn't sacrifice ground clearance, and wider wheel lip moldings to accommodate the huge General Grabber tires.
As far as exterior changes are concerned, Ford decided to keep it subtle for the Tremor. It gets a Magnetic-painted grille surround with red accents on the corners, unique 'Tremor' badging, and the previously mentioned body graphics package.
Under the hood, the Tremor is powered by the familiar 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-four. It generates 270 PS and 420 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the 4WD system with Terrain Management System and electronic locking rear differential. Should customers want to fit extra equipment like auxiliary lights, winches, or air compressors, the Ranger Tremor comes standard with a six-switch auxiliary bank.
With the U.S. market still not having the Ranger Raptor in their lineup, this is perhaps the closest thing they could ever get to having one (apart from the Ford Performance special revealed months ago). But with rumors going around that the US-spec Ranger Raptor will be arriving soon with an EcoBoost V6 instead of a bi-turbo diesel engine, maybe the Tremor is just a taste of things to come for the US market.