More Off-Road Capabilities & Some Extra Orange Flair

While awaiting the next-gen Raptor, Ford is busy expanding its ever-increasing family of F-150 trucks with the 2021 Tremor variant. It not only combines better off-road prowess with potent towing and payload capabilities but the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is for truck buyers who need more than what the mildly-outdoorsy FX4 trim has to offer.

“Like Super Duty Tremor and Ranger Tremor, introducing the all-new F-150 Tremor is a direct response to seeing how customers use our trucks to enable their outdoor lifestyles,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “F-150 Tremor provides the additional off-road capability they’re looking for with our latest off-road technologies.”

Difference Between The Tremor & FX4 Package?

True to form, the 2021 F-150 Tremor slots above the FX4 package. The latter is available on 4×4 versions of the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum and includes an electronic-locking rear axle, hill descent control, off-road shocks, skid plates, and a unique rock crawl mode.

But for some people, the FX4 Off-Road Package is like mild chili: It has a kick, but not enough to stir the loins. On the contrary, the 2021 F-150 Tremor is like Habanero chili and has more spice. It adds more of everything that made FX4 a compelling proposition for mild off-roaders.

It has an uprated suspension with new springs for added round clearance. The extra ride height (two inches in the front, one inch in the rear) is necessary to accommodate a set of 18-inch wheels and broader 33-inch General Grabber A/T tires, the latter responsible for Tremor’s one-inch wider stance.

Ford gave Tremor new front hub knuckles and upper control arms to cope with rugged terrain, while Tremor-specific monotube front and twin-tube rear shock absorbers suspend the truck at all four corners. Ford said the new shocks are softer at low speeds but offer better damping control over demanding terrain.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor also comes with a standard locking rear differential. Still, Ford said a Torsen limited-slip front differential – a torque-on-demand transfer case similar to what you get in the full-blown F-150 Raptor – will be optional later on.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor.
2021 Ford F-150 Tremor. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

Orange Is The New Black

If you look closely, it’s easy to differentiate the new Tremor from any other F-150 variant. The bigger alloys and 33-inch chunky tires are a given, but Tremor has a redesigned hood and front end. It also has fixed running boards, a cutout rear bumper, high-flow dual exhausts, and a pair of recovery hooks on the fore and aft.

However, the Tremor’s biggest tell is those Active Orange accents, and it’s everywhere! You’ll find a strip of orange in the front grille, while orange accents are in the badging on the fenders, tailgate, and bedsides. Interestingly enough, the front and rear recovery hooks have orange highlights, as well. It’s a bit too much for our tastes, but it does make the tow hooks easier to see when recovering your truck under fog, mud, or low-visibility weather.

Inside, orange accents are prevalent on the seats, instrument panel, doors, and center console. When you think of Tremor, you think of orange, get it?

Kidding aside, Tremor also gets a six-position auxiliary switch pack in the overhead console. This feature makes it near-effortless in wiring up accessories like air compressors and off-road winches.

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