This is awesome.
The Ford Ranger variant Americans have been clamoring for might finally be on its way, though it won't have the moniker some assumed. No, the Ranger Raptor isn't happening (yet), but Ford is fully aware there's more potential for a serious off-road Ranger variant, aside from the FX2 and FX4. Given the demand for such a vehicle these days, it makes us wonder why it's taken this long to launch something else. So, what's the news?
An anonymous source has informed TFLTruck that the Ranger Tremor is on its way, though an exact reveal date remains unknown. This same source claims there's a new graphic in the Blue Oval's art department that reads "Ford Ranger Tremor." Again, no further information was provided, but it's also possible this could simply be a new wheel and tire package. Ford refused to comment on the report.
The Tremor nameplate is nothing new to Ford trucks. For 2020, the Ford F-Series Super Duty Tremor off-road package was introduced, with a choice of two diesel engines, an upgraded suspension, off-road running boards, and 35-inch all-terrain tires. F-250 and F-350 trucks fitted with the package also receive a new Trail Control system with several driving modes, a special rock-crawl mode, a two-inch front-end lift, and a shorter air dam. They also have plenty of ground clearance. Could the rumored Ranger Tremor be equipped with similar stuff?
Absolutely, with the notable exception of the oil burner engines. The 2.3-liter turbo-four will remain, though we wouldn't complain if Ford gave it some additional torque. We'd also like to see a Fox suspension and bigger shocks as part of the package.
Hopefully, Ford is planning more than just a Tremor graphics package by way of basic decals. There's huge potential here for something special and, hopefully, at an affordable price. The $3,975 Tremor package can be tacked on to the F-Series Super Duty XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims, but the Ranger doesn't offer the latter two.
The Ranger XLT and Lariat are priced from $28,460 and $32,500, respectively. If this rumor is true, buyers will be able to have a serious Ranger off-roader for less than $35k.