Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Ford Ranger Tremor is a Raptor Light


Ford still isn’t offering the Ranger Raptor in the U.S., but customers there get the next best thing (for now): the Ranger Tremor. Designed as a factory package, the Off-Road Package is designed to tackle even rougher off-road terrain without compromising the Ranger’s payload and tow ratings.

Tremor starts with a lifted suspension, redesigned front knuckles and 32-inch Continental General Grabber A/TX all-terrain tires on new 17-inch Magnetic-painted wheels that combine to deliver 246 mm inches of ground clearance – 0.8 inches more than the base Ranger SuperCrew 4x4 (it still falls way short of the Ranger Raptor’s 283 mm though).


The suspension also benefits from Fox 2.0 monotube dampers with rear piggyback reservoirs and hydraulic rebound stops for comfortable on-road pavement while still offering control over severe terrain. A multi-leaf rear spring setup enables increased wheel travel. Anti-roll bar stiffness has also been reduced to minimize disruption over rough terrain and improve comfort off-road.

According to Ford, the Tremor boosts the off-road creds, including a 30.9-degree approach angle, up 2.2 degrees from the base Ranger 4x4, a 25.5-degree departure angle, which is up 0.1 degrees and a 24.2-degree breakover angle, up 2.7 degrees. Compared to the base Ranger, front suspension travel increases to 6.5 inches. Rear suspension travel increases to 8.1 inches.


Aside from the suspension changes, the Ranger Tremor also adds a frame-mounted steel front bash plate and underbody skid plates, rear locking differential, Terrain Management System with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control. Tremor’s traction control system has been recalibrated as well.

Customers can now also control accessories like winches, lights, and air compressors thanks to Tremor’s six-switch auxiliary power bank mounted to the dash with rated loads of 25 amps, 15 amps and 10 amps, plus three switches at 5 amps.


Engine-wise, the Ranger Tremor continues with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine shared with other U.S. market Rangers. It comes with 270 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic and standard 4x4 with electronic locking rear differential.

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