All the XLT bits, plus the Wildtrak's 4x4 system
Well, it looks like we were not wrong for naming the Ford Ranger as our adventure vehicle of the year.
Ford has once again added another off-road variant to its next-generation Ranger lineup. While we may have called the Wildtrak X the lite version of the Raptor, the Tremor has the recipe of the Wildtrak X but is placed lower in the Ranger model line.
For starters, the new Tremor variant is based on the Ranger XLT, but has the chassis and off-road tech package of the Wildtrak X. This means the Tremor is 26mm taller and has a 30mm wider track width than the standard Wildtrak 4x4 thanks to the Bilstein high-performance position-sensitive dampers, new springs, plus the 265/70R17 General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires from the Wildtrak X.
Like the new Stormtrak and Wildtrak X variants, the Tremor can also be fitted with the unique Flexible Rack System to improve load security, and makes the bed more capable of carrying other items.
Other key exterior features of the Tremor includes a blacked-out grille, tubular sports bar on the bed, cast aluminum side step boards, and exposed twin front tow hooks. The Ford Ranger Tremor is available in Europe with the unique Boulder Grey paint scheme that completes the 4x4 truck's rugged look.
Inside, the Ranger Tremor' has water-resistant seats and floor mats for heavy trail use. Owners also have the option of putting overhead switches for additional 4x4 equipment such as winches and LED light bars.
In the European market, the Ranger Tremor is powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel engine that puts out 205 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and a full-time four-wheel-drive system.
Speaking of 4WD, the Tremor gets advanced off-road tech like the Raptor's Trail Control system and Trail Turn Assist, which helps the truck negotiate tight obstacles by using brake-based torque vectoring in reducing its turning radius.
With the Ford Ranger Tremor, the Blue Oval looks like it will do the same strategy of offering multiple off-road variants as it did to the F-150. So we won't be surprised if they do follow the Tremor up with another FX4 or an entry-level Rattler variant to the Ranger lineup.
But with that said, the next question now is will Ford Philippines offer these new off-road variants to our market? For now, there's no word yet. But rest assured we'll keep our eyes peeled for new updates.