Whenever I think of a Ford Ranger, I think of my future sister in law.
When she was in high school, she was dead set on getting a truck. This would end up turning into a project that her and my fiancé would work on. The two of them pretty much rebuilt an entire 1998 Ford Ranger. All they had to start with was the shell of the truck. And a lot of parts to buy. After some time, the Ranger was up and running and ready to be a road trip, memory-making first truck. But the 1998 Ranger isn’t comparable to the 2021 Ford Ranger mid size pickup truck. And the Tremor off road package makes it all the more thrilling.
A Daily Driver with Off-Roading Capabilities
Wouldn’t it be nice to buy a truck that already had all the off-road add-ons that you want for truly getting off the grid? That’s what Ford thought, too. So the 2021 Ford Ranger can be bought with a new Tremor off-road package, the most off-road capable factory-built Ranger in the lineup. Production of the 2021 Ranger Tremor is set to begin in early 2021 at Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan. Ford Ranger Marketing Manager, Chad Callander, said in an interview it will have “increased ground clearance, off-road tuned suspension and aggressive Continental General Grabber tires”, but still keep its key features that make it essentially a “cargo box for hauling gear anywhere.”
What does the Tremor Package include?
The great part about the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor package is, while it really enhances the off-road capabilities, it does not compromise towing, payload and everyday driving capability. The Tremor Package will include:
- Available on mid XLT and high Lariat series 2021 Ranger trucks with SuperCrew 4×4
- Package MSRP $4,290
- 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
- 270 horsepower and best in class gas torque of 310 lb.-ft.
- 1,430-pound maximum payload
- 7,500 pound maximum towing capacity
- Class-exclusive 10-speed transmission
- Electronic locking rear differential.
- Lifted suspension with FOX 2.0-inch monotube dampers and rear piggyback reservoirs.
- Retuned front coilover and rear leaf springs
- 32-inch Continental General Grabber all-terrain tires on gives the Ranger Tremor has a 1 inch wider stance.
- Six-switch auxiliary power pack for accessories like winches, light bars, air compressors and more
- Magnetic painted wheels
- Hoop-style steps
- Rear recovery hooks
- Painted grille
- Optional hood and graphics
- Package exclusive seats with Miko suede inserts and black interior accents
Let’s get a little more specific about the 2021 Ford Ranger
Now that you have a breakdown of the package, let’s chat a little bit about the specifics. The lifted suspension, redesigned front steering knuckles and 32″ Continental General Grabber all terrain tires are on new 17 inch magnetic painted wheels. This means 9.7″ of ground clearance, which is almost an inch more than the base of the Ranger SuperCrew 4×4.
In order to have a more of a daily driver comfortable ride kind of feel on pavement, but control over severe terrain, Ford added FOX 2.0 monotube dampers and front and rear springs that are tuned for a greater performance off-road. Todd Eckert, the Fort truck group marketing manager said their goal was for the “Ranger Tremor [to] be your daily driver during the week, then transform into your off-road adventure vehicle come Saturday morning.”
The Ranger Tremor Package also includes terrain management system with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control. The traction control system has been recalibrated for better acceleration and traction which can be a blessing on long dirt trails. Along with this there are two new recovery hooks in the front and in the rear. The new hoop steps in the Tremor are both functional and stylish, because they don’t interfere with ground clearance.
And what does all this deliciousness cost? A mere $4,290. But keep in mind, it’s only available as an upgrade on the XLT (starting at about $29,000) and the Lariat (starting at about $330,000). Pricey, maybe, but where it’ll take you is priceless.