Ford is considering whether or not to give the Tremor off-road package to the smaller F-150 half-ton pickup.
Two weeks ago, Ford introduced us to their answer to the Ram Power Wagon. They called it the “Tremor” off-road package, and it added a whole lot of ruggedness to the F-Series Super Duty pickups.
The idea here was to turn the F-250 and F-350 single-wheel trucks into true rock crawlers. To start, the suspension was upgraded to handle additional bumps and bounces, along with off-road running boards and skid plates. A 2-inch lift provided the pickup with greater ground clearance, while 35-inch all-terrain tires gave off-road grip and were the biggest tires ever fitted to a factory Super Duty.
Add an electronic locking rear diff, a Dana limited-slip front differential, and selectable drive modes and Trail Control, and Ford made a big pickup ready for almost anything you could throw at it.
And now, according to sources speaking to Ford Authority, Ford execs are considering giving the smaller F-150 the same treatment.
They’re a little hesitant as Ford is rightly concerned with stepping on the F-150 Raptor’s toes. Historically, the Raptor has always been the off-roadiest of off-road F-150s, but now they’re thinking that there is enough of a difference between a Tremored F-150 and a Raptor that they could start selling both.
Ford might be closer to a production version than we thought. In June, am F-150 test mule was spotted wearing a bunch of Raptor components but with a regular cab and a short bed. This F-150 “shorty” was initially thought to be a prototype for a full-size Bronco, but now it turns out that was actually a tester for the F-150 Tremor package.
If the Tremor does arrive for the F-150, it’ll slot above the FX4 and below the Raptor. No decision has been made as of yet, but we’re told that it’s “definitely on the table.” The real hold up is just working out how to make the F-150 Tremor different enough from the Raptor to avoid cannibalizing sales.