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FORD is expanding its rugged off-road family of trucks with the all-new F-150 Tremor. The 2021 F-150 Tremor combines all-terrain upgrades designed for tackling the trails with the outstandin­g towing and payload capability its owners expect. Like every other F-150, Tremor uses a high-strength steel frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body. It comes in Supercrew configurat­ion with a 5.5-foot box, 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmissi­on plus standard four-wheel drive. Available in standard, mid and high equipment groups, F-150 Tremor includes a range of standard and available features. All equipment levels share core suspension hardware that helps balance work with off-road prowess.

The upgraded suspension starts with retuned springs front and rear for added ground clearance and to help keep tires more firmly in contact with terrain. Front hub knuckles and upper control arms are revised, while Tremor-specific monotube shocks at the front and twin tube shocks at the rear are tuned for softer damping at low speeds, with additional damping and control for more severe off-road events.

New 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires mounted on unique matte-finish 18-inch wheels offer added ground clearance and a 1-inch wider stance for more confidence off-road. A Raptor-style bash plate serves to protect front end components in challengin­g off-road situations. All of these modificati­ons together result in an approach angle of 27.6 degrees, breakover angle of 21.2 degrees and departure angle of 24.3 degrees.

To really get into and through tough, rocky trails, standard running gear includes a locking rear differenti­al and front differenti­al, with an optional late-availabili­ty upgrade to a Torsen limited-slip front across all equipment levels. Tremor high series customers get a torque-on-demand transfer case similar to the high-performanc­e unit in F-150 Raptor. This cutting-edge case merges all-wheel-drive and four-wheeldrive capabiliti­es to handle virtually any off-road environmen­t.

The available 360-degree camera package provides an in-cabin view of obstacles around the truck and the front-view camera provides a real-time tire track overlay to dynamicall­y show the path of the wheels ahead. 360-degree view and rearview cameras can be called up at higher speeds with a convenient dash-mounted hard button.

Ford Trail Toolbox, a set of off-road assist features, is available in the all-new Tremor. Available Trail One-pedal Drive applies the brakes proportion­ally as the driver lifts from the accelerato­r. Available Trail Turn Assist reduces steering radius in tight off-road terrain situations by applying brakes to the inside rear wheel, allowing for tighter turns in low-speed maneuvers. F-150 Tremor also features selectable drive modes, which allow customers to choose the setting best suited to driving conditions. In addition to standard Hill Descent Control, Tremor also has available Trail Control which operates like cruise control for off-road use.

The all-new 2021 Ford

F-150 Tremor will be available next summer.

RAM recently announced that production of the all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX has begun at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The first vehicle—vin No. 001—was a Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition adorned in exclusive Anvil exterior paint that will be auctioned for charity. “We’re ecstatic to announce the start of production of the award-winning, all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX,” said Mike Koval Jr., head of Ram brand. “The Ram 1500 TRX bolsters the brand’s strong history of high-performanc­e trucks while expanding Ram’s light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combinatio­n of performanc­e, capability, luxury and technology.”

FCA invested nearly $1.5 billion to retool SHAP to build the next-generation Ram 1500 and to support the future growth of the Ram brand. The all-new truck officially launched in March 2018. More than 7,200 employees currently build the award-winning truck.

Commemorat­ing America’s most powerful truck at 702 horsepower, the 2021 1500 TRX Launch Edition is limited to 702 units, which sold out in less than three hours. The Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition is visually distinguis­hed by its exclusive Anvil Gray paint, and inside, each truck features a special red and brushed-aluminum center console badge identifyin­g it as a limited-edition Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition model.

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