It’s not a Ranger Raptor, but it’s abutting abundant for now.
Listen up dirt-heads: Ford is assuredly giving us the Ranger we’ve consistently capital — well, affectionate of. Making its admission Monday, the 2021 Ranger’s Tremor amalgamation offers a bit added off-road capability, alike if it isn’t the absolute Raptor treatment.
The Tremor backpack will be accessible on the Ranger’s XLT and Lariat trims for an added $4,290. The Ford F-Series Super Duty already has its own Tremor package, but it’s geared added appear carriage abundant things out to alien locations. In fact, Ford outfitted all its Super Duty abutment trucks with the Tremor amalgamation to hunt the Bronco R in aftermost year’s Baja 1000. The Ranger, however, seems to be added about off-road escapade than all-embracing practicality. Again, not Raptor-sized shenanigans, but added fun than what you can currently accept with the Ranger FX4.
The Ranger Tremor gets Fox 2.0 monotube shocks with rear piggyback reservoirs for bigger cooling. These shocks accept a accelerating backlash and hydraulic stops, so the barter shouldn’t animation about too abundant back the whoops get deep. The advanced coils and rear blade springs get a altered tune and the anti-roll bar is airy aloof a tad, so in theory, drivers and cartage shouldn’t get their teeth ashamed out. This additionally increases the Ranger’s abeyance biking to 6.5 inches up advanced and 8.1 inches at the rear.
General Grabber 32-inch tires blanket about 17-inch gray-painted wheels. Together these add an inch of amplitude compared to a accepted Ranger. There is no committed abeyance lift, per se, but the caster and annoy amalgamation adds about an inch of arena approval back compared to a banal Ranger, topping out at 9.7 inches. The truck’s approach, abandonment and breakover angles are additionally improved, up to 30.9 degrees, 25.5 degrees and 24.2 degrees, respectively.
A rear cogwheel locker is included in the amalgamation to advice get the barter up and over rocks, and Ford says the absorption ascendancy is recalibrated for bigger anchor on glace surfaces like gravel. Inside, you’ll acquisition six abetting switches with anywhere from 5 to 25 amps. Finishing out the amalgamation are drift plates, rear accretion hooks and ancillary steps.
Visually, the Tremor distinguishes itself by the above tires, a different grille and, of course, all those badges. Awning and anatomy cartoon will alike be available, too. Normally we’re affectionate of meh on this affectionate of being but, hot damn, the Ranger Tremor looks appealing good.
The cartoon are affectionate of a lot, but we don’t abhorrence ’em.
Nothing changes beneath the hood. The Ranger still uses the aforementioned 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder agent as before, with 270 application and 310 pound-feet of torque, akin to an accomplished 10-speed automated transmission. Ford’s Terrain Management arrangement is on duke with Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts or Sand modes, as able-bodied as Trail Control, which is like a super-slow-speed off-road cruise control. Like added Rangers, the Tremor can tow 7,500 pounds, but burden is bottomward aloof a bit, to 1,430 pounds. That’s aloof 130 pounds, but hey, that’s an added additional annoy and 10 gallons of gas.
While we’re stoked that Ford is alms this Tremor package, we’re still praying for a Ranger Raptor to hit our shores soon. Until then, the Tremor amalgamation will be accessible on 2021 Rangers starting aboriginal abutting year.
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