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A New Trim Level Is Being Added To The Storied F-150 Franchise

2022 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler Teaser Jim Farley Raptor Tremor FX4

The Ford F-150 pickup truck already offers three – count ’em: three – off-road oriented packages/trim levels. It starts with the FX4 package, which is a mild-mannered upgrade that adds hill descent control, skid plates for vital areas, monotube off-road-tuned shock absorbers, and a Rock Crawl Mode. Up from there is the F-150 Tremor, which adds General Grabber AT tires, locking front and rear differentials, improved underbody protection, a suspension overhaul, front/rear tow hooks, and uniquely orange appearance upgrades. Then there’s the almighty Raptor; an off-road superiority pickup truck that needs no introduction. Now, starting tomorrow, there’s going to be a fourth model. Get ready for the Ford F-150 Rattler pickup truck, as teased by CEO Jim Farley.

Update: The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler has been revealed!

Ford F-150 Rattler Teaser: The First Details

“Look out for this tomorrow. A rattler you’ll be excited to see on the trail. #FordF150 Rattler,” is all we get for now, glitzed with snake, mountain and truck emojis. There’s no hints of electrification here, which suggests that Rattler trim level won’t be designated for the upcoming F-150 Lightning.

In July of last year, the “Rattler” trademark from Ford Motor Company was discovered for motor land vehicles – pickup trucks in particular. This sent the blogosphere into a frenzy, assuming it was for the Maverick pickup truck, which was freshly revealed at the time. That could very well end up being the case someday. But whatever happens, it’s happening with the F-150 first.

The Rattler name has us recalling the nature of a rattlesnake, which slithers back and forth through the sand when it’s not coiled up under a shaded area waiting for field mice. Does this imply some sort of tail-happy truck that’s specialized for desert terrain? Is it the new name for the V8-powered Raptor R? Stay tuned tomorrow to know for sure.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
Image via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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