The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor Is a Trail-Conquering Truck Built For Off-Road Adventures

America’s top-selling pickup is now more rugged than ever.

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The Ford Bronco might be the buzziest trail-blazing vehicle in the American automaker’s fleet, but don’t count out the new 2021  F-150 Tremor. 

The new pickup is purpose-built from the factory to conquer trying terrain. The pickup runs a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque fed to a 10-speed automatic-transmission to achieve a 10,900-pound towing and 1,885-pound payload capacity, according to Car and Driver. From there, Ford adds a host of off-road-ready upgrades to its top-selling truck. 

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The suspension gets retuned springs up front and in the rear for added ground clearance, while package-specific monotube shocks at the front and twin-tube shocks at the rear are optimized for softer damping at low speeds and added support for extra-challenging drives. 

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A set of 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires mounted on matte-finish 18-inch wheels further improve ground clearance and provide an inch-wider stance, while a Ford Raptor-style bash plate guards the front end’s components. The mods give the F-150 a steeper approach, breakover and departure angle, as well as 1.5 inches more travel in the rear and an additional inch of travel in front. 

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Also borrowed from the Raptor are its high-torque transfer case and Torsen limited-slip diff to offer the all-wheel/four-wheel drive necessitated by the Tremor’s rugged mission. For practicality’s sake, a Pro Power Onboard unit with 2.0 kilowatts of exportable energy sits in the bed to run tools, an air compressor or electric chainsaw.

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There are also a few aesthetic characteristics to distinguish the Tremor from other F-150 family members. The hood and front end are more muscular, and the grille features a blacked-out Ford oval with orange accents. There’s a cut-out in the rear bumper to show off a high-flow dual exhaust and more orange badging on the renders, bed sides, tailgate and interior.  

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor hits dealers next summer. A price hasn’t been announced, but Car and Driver predicts the package will add $4,000 to the truck’s base price. 

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Brandon Friederich