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2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is here, more than just trim package


Adding to its off-road lineup, the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor will bring improved performance, design and technology to the half-ton truck.

Ford says the new F-150 Tremor will add an upgraded suspension, driveline hardware, increased suspension travel, approach/breakover/departure angles plus a standard rear locking differential and an available Torsen limited-slip differential.

Available in three different versions, each version of the F-150 Tremor will have a standard “Raptor-style bash plate,” off-road running boards, unique hood and grill with Active Orange highlights and unique trim and technology packages.

Speaking of technology, it will be available with the new off-road technologies like Trail Control, Trail One-Pedal Drive and Trail Turn Assist.

The new F-150 Tremor will join the Super Duty Tremor and Ranger Tremor filling out Ford’s off-road truck lineup.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

With a standard locking rear differential and upgraded front end components, this truck is ready for action. (Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company)

Powertrain and capability

For the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor, the powertrain choices will be simple – only one. The truck will come in a SuperCrew configuration, 5-foot, 5-inch box, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission plus standard four-wheel drive.

There will be a standard, mid and high equipment groups to choose from.

Standard equipment will be an upgraded suspension with retuned springs front and rear, revised front hub knuckles and upper control arms to handle the Tremor-specific monotube front shocks and twin tube rear shocks.

It rides on new 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires with a unique matte-finish 18-inch wheels adding more ground clearance and a 1-inch wider stance.

All of these modifications improve the approach angle to 27.6 degrees, breakover is 21.2 degrees and departure angle is 24.3 degrees. Ford says the Tremor has 1.5 inches more total travel in the rear and an additional inch of total travel in the front.

The locking rear differential is standard and the late-availability Torsen limited-slip front is an option across all equipment levels.

High series models will feature a torque-on-demand transfer case similar to the high-performance unit in the Raptor. It merges all-wheel-drive and four-wheel drive capabilities by moving the torque to where it is needed.

Tremor will have a maximum tow rating of 10,900 pounds and up to 1,885 pounds of payload.

Plus, you can add 2.0kW of Pro Power Onboard, an onboard generator, to your Tremor truck.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

New hood, grille and Active Orange accents make the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor stand out. (Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company)

New Tremor styling

It will also feature a new look with the hood and front end designed for a more muscular and aggressive profile. This is especially the case with the blacked-out Ford oval highlighted by the Active Orange color which matches the two front recovery hooks.

They also added a cutout rear bumper to tuck the high-flow dual exhaust to keep it from being smushed on the trail and it is flanked by two rear recovery hooks.

There is also Active Orange-highlighted badging on the fenders, bed sides and tailgate.

Inside, Active Orange is used throughout with special stitching, materials and finishes for the instrument panel, center console and doors.

Finally, there is a six-position auxiliary power switch pack mounted in the overhead console for adding more items like lighting, winches and air compressors.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

Throwing a suite of off-road technology into the truck plus its capability through the upgraded equipment makes this a tough truck to get stuck. (Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company)

Impressive trail technology

Finally, Ford is giving the Tremor a suite of off-road tech like that found in the Bronco and other vehicles.

First, there is a 360-degree view camera and rearview cameras can be used at higher speeds with a dash-mounted hard button.

Next, Trail One-Pedal Drive mode allows the driver to combine the throttle and braking operations into a simple push on the throttle go forward, release the pedal and that applies the brake. Much simpler than trying to feather the gas and brake.

Also, the available Trail Turn Assist allows you turn much sharper in tight conditions by applying the brakes to the inside rear wheel. This is particularly handy for tight trails.

Plus, there is standard Hill Descent Control and available Trail Control which is like using a low-speed, off-road cruise control.

Finally, there are a variety of drive modes such as Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Slippery, Deep Snow/Sand and Mud/Rut. Tremor adds a Rock Crawl mode, which according to the press release, “automatically engages the rear locking differential, turns off stability and traction control, reduces throttle response, adjusts shift points and displays the available 360-degree camera view on the center screen.”

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The truck should be available in the summer of 2021.

The bottom line on the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

Adding a Tremor version of the F-150 was a no brainer with the Super Duty and Ranger versions on the market. For consumers, this is a big win since it helps bridge the gap between the Raptor and the FX4 version of the F-150, allowing you to likely spend less than a Raptor and get more of the capability found in most off-road situations.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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