Ford shakes it up again by adding a Tre­mor Trim to the F-150

- Words by Perry Mack Pho­tos by Ford Cars · Consumer Goods · Ford Motor Company · North America · United States of America · Chevrolet · Kyrgyzstan · Lebanon · Offroad · Dodge Power Wagon · Ford F-Series · Eckert, Colorado · Ford Bronco

Ford re­leased the Su­per Duty Tre­mor in re­sponse to the Ram Power Wagon, the long-stand­ing heavy-duty king of off-road. Then, Ford fol­lowed up with the Ranger Tre­mor as North Amer­i­cans clam­oured for the Ranger Rap­tor from over­seas. The most re­cent ad­di­tion is the 2021 F-150 Tre­mor, which makes the most sense of all of the Tre­mor pack­ages as it is avail­able in the num­ber one sell­ing pick-up in North Amer­ica – one that sees more work sites and off-road back-coun­try play­grounds than any other light-duty truck, per­haps any truck.

One con­sis­tent fea­ture that we find out­stand­ing in the Tre­mor line-up is the off-road per­for­mance boost doesn’t come at the cost of re­duced pay­load and tow­ing ca­pac­i­ties.

“Like the Su­per Duty Tre­mor and Ranger Tre­mor, in­tro­duc­ing the all-new F-150 Tre­mor is a di­rect re­sponse to see how cus­tomers use our trucks to en­able their out­door life­styles,” said Todd Eck­ert, Ford truck group mar­ket­ing man­ager. The Tre­mor comes stan­dard with 4x4 in a Su­perCrew cab with a 5.5-foot box, 3.5-litre EcoBoost® V6 en­gine, and 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The ex­ist­ing FX4 pack­age is still of­fered but like other ‘off-road’ truck trims – in­clud­ing the Z71 from Chevy – it’s more boast and badge than per­for­mance. The Tre­mor pack­age in the 2021 F-150 is no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent. The front and rear springs are re­tuned for added ground clear­ance and bet­ter trac­tion through im­proved ground con­tact for the wheels while rolling.

This is matched to the Tre­mor-spe­cific mono­tube shocks up front and twin tubes in the rear, which are tuned for softer damp­ing at low speeds with ex­tra damp­ing for harsher of­froad ter­rain and higher speeds. It is a pas­sive and not ac­tive damp­ing sys­tem, so there is no on-the-fly tun­ing for the shocks. Ford says the front hub knuck­les and up­per con­trol arms have also been re­vised with up­graded ball joints and bush­ing ma­te­ri­als com­pared to the out­go­ing F-150 model. This all adds up to 4 cm (1.5 in) more to­tal travel in the rear and an ad­di­tional 3 cm (1 in) of to­tal travel in the front.

More ground clear­ance and an ex­tra 3 cm (1 in) in width comes from the 33” Gen­eral Grab­ber A/T tires cir­cling 18” wheels, re­sult­ing in an ap­proach an­gle of 27.6 de­grees, breakover an­gle of 21.2 de­grees, and de­par­ture an­gle of 24.3 de­grees. If the ap­proach an­gle and ground clear­ance prove in­ad­e­quate, you’ll be test­ing the Rap­tor-style bash plate be­low the front bumper.

In the end, and at the be­gin­ning, it is all about trac­tion. Ford has de­cided to in­clude a lock­ing rear dif­fer­en­tial as stan­dard equip­ment and prom­ises an op­tional up­grade to a Torsen limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial (LSD) up front at a fu­ture date. The Torsen LSD is ex­cep­tional at im­prov­ing trac­tion and steer­ing con­trol in deep sand (i.e. Baja mode) and the F-150 Tre­mor uses the same sys­tem as in the F-150 Rap­tor but pack­aged to fit in the F-150 ar­chi­tec­ture. If you’re not fa­mil­iar with Torsen (short for torque sens­ing), it is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent from a typ­i­cal limited slip diff. You can watch a good 3D an­i­ma­tion and ex­pla­na­tion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEiSTzK-A2A.

Also sim­i­lar to the F-150 Rap­tor is an avail­able torque-on-de­mand trans­fer case that merges all­wheel drive and four-wheel-drive.

As we men­tioned ear­lier, func­tional work and play mus­cle are good with a max tow of 5,000 kg (10,900 lb) and a max pay­load of 855 kg (1,885 lb). And you can get the 2.0 kW Pro Power On­board to con­ve­niently charge bat­tery power tools and run air compressor­s etc. Other off-road fea­tures in­clude fixed close-to-the-body run­ning boards to avoid rock dam­age, front and rear re­cov­ery hooks, and an aux­il­iary

power switch pack to con­trol op­tional winches, lights, and compressor­s.

Ford loves tech (and so do we) so many of the fea­tures avail­able in the Ford Bronco and other off-road en­hanced Ford mod­els are in­cluded such as the 360-de­gree cam­era sys­tem in­clud­ing a front cam­era sys­tem that can show you the pre­dicted path of the tires.

The Ford Trail Tool­box is a set of off-road driver-as­sist apps in­clud­ing Trail One Pedal

Drive for rock crawl­ing, Trail Turn As­sist to make tighter turns, and the ‘usual’ se­lectable drive modes - Nor­mal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Slip­pery, with the ad­di­tion of Deep Snow/Sand, and Mud/Rut modes. Also, the Tre­mor has Rock Crawl mode, which au­to­mat­i­cally turns on the rear lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial; turns off sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; eases off throt­tle re­sponse; ad­justs the shift points; and dis­plays the avail­able 360-de­gree cam­era view on the cen­tre screen.

Old favourites are also stan­dard like Hill De­scent Con­trol and lest we for­get Trail Con­trol – the cruise con­trol for tough ter­rain – just set the speed and fo­cus on steer­ing.

Ford made sure folks will know you in­vested in the Tre­mor pack­age. They cre­ated a more ag­gres­sive look by re­design­ing the hood, adding a black-out front grill with hits of the Tre­mor Ac­tive Or­ange to the Ford oval, front tow hooks, badg­ing on the fend­ers, bed­sides, and tail­gate. Touches of or­ange con­tinue in the in­te­rior’s seat trim and stitch­ing, as well as the ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes to the in­stru­ment panel, dash, and doors.

This truck should be great for avid off-road­ers who want to take their toys into the back­coun­try and who are look­ing for a com­plete so­lu­tion di­rect from the man­u­fac­turer with a war­ranty. The F-150 Tre­mor from Ford will let you get the most of what you need in an off-road truck, with usu­ally low fi­nanc­ing or even a lease if you can write it off through your com­pany.

Ford says the F-150 Tre­mor will be avail­able ‘next sum­mer,’ but no ex­act date has been set. Ford also says that there will be more news com­ing in­clud­ing pric­ing and pre-or­ders in early 2021.

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 ??  ?? Twin ex­haust tips are tucked up high in the cut-out bumper.
Twin ex­haust tips are tucked up high in the cut-out bumper.
 ??  ?? Tol­er­ances are low for the 33” wheels so don’t ex­pect to get any­thing larger in the well with­out a lift.
Tol­er­ances are low for the 33” wheels so don’t ex­pect to get any­thing larger in the well with­out a lift.
 ??  ?? Uniquely tuned twin-tube shocks in the rear don’t es­cape the Tre­mor badg­ing.
Uniquely tuned twin-tube shocks in the rear don’t es­cape the Tre­mor badg­ing.

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