Ford’s F-150 has been redesigned for the 2021 model year and on Tuesday by introducing the F-150 Tremor with more capability than the existing FX4 package.
Already offered on the Super Duty With more capability than the existing FX4 package, and Ranger pickup trucks, the Tremor grade is designed for those buyers seeking off-road capability without any loss to drivability, payload or towing capacity. It sits somewhere between the more basic FX4 off-road package and highly tuned Raptor.
The Tremor comes standard with upgraded springs at the front and rear, along with Tremor-specific monotube shocks up front with twin-tube shocks at the back. The springs give the Tremor a bit more ground clearance, while the shocks offer softer damping at lower speeds. Ford says the changes help the tires keep better contact with the ground, while the additional height and suspension travel (one inch in front, an inch and a half at the back) offer better approach, departure, and breakover angles.
The 2021 F-150 Tremor comes with the SuperCrew configuration with a 5.5-foot bed, and a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 good for 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic and four-wheel drive also form part of the package. The latter includes locking differentials front and rear as standard, with a Torsen limited-slip differential for the front wheels available as an option.
Where the Tremor stands out is its suspension, which on the 2021 F-150 Tremor features retuned springs that help keep the tires more firmly in contact with the ground, while adding a bit of extra ground clearance. The front hub knuckles, upper control arms and dampers are all also unique to the Tremor. Those dampers are monotubes at the front and twin tubes at the rear.
All of the suspension tweaks are combined with 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires wrapped around matte-finish 18-inch wheels. The Tremor is one-inch wider than a standard F-150, with a 27.6-degree approach angle, 21.2-degree breakover angle, and 24.3-degree departure angle. The truck also boasts 1.5 inches more of total travel in the rear and an additional inch of total travel in the front. The towing and payload capacities come in at 10,900 and 1,885 pounds, respectively.
Available off-road tech systems include Trail One-Pedal Drive, combining slow-speed acceleration and braking into the throttle. Trail Turn Assist locks the inside rear wheel for tighter low-speed turns. A rock-crawl system is also added to the Tremor’s drive-mode playbook, and Trail Control is an optional add-on that functions like cruise control for off-road use.
The visual changes aren’t major, but they are noticeable. Tremor models receive a redesigned hood and a blacked-out Ford oval grille with Active Orange Tremor-specific accents and recovery hooks. Ford also applied orange on the fenders, bedsides, and tailgate, plus other goodies such as Raptor-inspired running boards and high-flow dual exhausts.
Ford didn’t provide specific pricing information for the F-150 Tremor but says the truck will be available next summer.