While rumors of a genuine Ford Ranger Raptor for the U.S. market continue to swirl, Ford has issued a placeholder in the form of the new Tremor Off-Road package. Currently sold in overseas markets, the Ranger Raptor never made it stateside due in part to its diesel powertrain. The Ranger is due for a significant update for the 2022 model year, and many enthusiasts and industry insiders are confident that a Ranger Raptor will then be part of the domestic lineup. Until then, the Tremor Off-Road package fills the void with a curated selection of off-road equipment offered at an attractive price.
Available for the 2021 Ranger, the Tremor Off-Road package adds a comprehensive round-up of hardware to improve off-road performance without negating its usability as a daily driver. All the usual off-road enhancements are there: Fox monotube dampers with remote reservoirs, specially tuned front coil and rear leaf-springs, 17-inch wheels with 32-inch General Grabber AT/X off-road tires, an electronically operated rear locking differential and steel skid plates.
the Ranger Tremor has 9.7-inches of ground clearance, an 0.8-inch increase over
the standard Ranger 4×4. Crucially, front suspension travel is 6.5 inches and
the rear travel is 8.1-inches. In addition to aiding in axle articulation, this
provides the travel required for higher-speed desert-style off-roading. The approach
angle is 30.9-degrees, the departure angle is 25.5-degrees, and the break-over angle
is 24.2 degrees, increases of 2.2-, 0.1- and 2.7-degrees, respectively.
powertrain is unchanged, Ford’s 270-horsepower turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost paired
with a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard 4×4.
Software includes Ford’s Terrain Management System with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control. The Tremor’s traction control system is recalibrated for improved acceleration and traction in gravel, so, as Ford says, “customers can punch it in a washout with gusto.” A six-switch auxiliary power bank is mounted to the dash with rated loads of 25,15,10 and 5 amps, easing the connection of aftermarket accessories like winches, lights and air compressors.
Visual upgrades include badging comes on both sides of the cargo box and a painted grille surround with red “nostril” accents in the corners. Hoop steps and rear tow hooks help the cause. The interior features seats with Miko suede inserts and “Tremor” stitched into the seatbacks.
Available on the Ranger XLT and Lariat Supercrew trims, the Tremor Off-Road package’s most attractive feature is its $4,290 MSRP. As anyone who has built up an off-road vehicle à la carte will attest, $4,290 for this comprehensive list of fully warranted upgrades is a steal.
Production of the 2021 Ford Ranger with the Tremor Off-Road package begins in early 2021 at Ford’s facility in Wayne, Michigan.