When it comes to pick up sales in the United States, the Ford F-150 is the undisputed king. And while it’s true that Ford has spent decades atop the throne, they face stiffer competition today than ever before. With the recent explosion of off-roading and overlanding, automakers have started to roll out several off-roading focused packages. Models like the Ram Rebel, Silverado Trail Boss and Sierra AT4 bring a different approach than Ford’s more extreme Raptor, and in turn bring a different buyer. However, new spy photos from Motor1 suggest that Ford is rolling out an F-150 Tremor to combat these challengers directly.
The photos show a partially camouflaged Ford F-150, which features a raised suspension height, a set of unique wheels, and what appears to be a new grille surround. There is also a dual exhaust kicking out the back, which is something that hasn’t yet been seen on the newly updated pickup. Another addition that points towards this being an F-150 Tremor mule are the beefy all-terrain tires (which appear to be Continental General Grabber A/TX tires, the same on the Ranger Tremor), which Motor1 say are sized at a healthy 275/70 R18 ratio.
This is what TireRack has to say about the General Grabber A/TX:
The Grabber A/TX is General’s On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire developed for the drivers of pickup trucks, work vans and full-size SUVs who need confident traction in a variety of conditions, whether that is on pavement, in dirt, wet conditions and even light snow. The Grabber A/TX is designed to blend rugged durability and on-road civility, in addition to providing light snow traction that meets the tire industry’s severe snow service requirements and earns the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.
A tough, cut- and chip-resistant compound is molded into the all-terrain tread pattern of the Grabber A/TX. General’s Comfort Balance Technology utilizes an absorption layer under the tread and acoustic tread pattern to enhance ride and sound comfort, and the wide footprint and optimized pattern stiffness help evenly distribute pressure for even wear and long life. Stone bumpers between the alternating shoulder blocks help eject rocks and debris to prevent drilling, and Sidewall Protection Lugs are designed to protect from sidewall punctures. Deep starting tread depths and multi-angle tread blocks aid traction in loose terrain, while traction notches and sipes create additional biting edges for grip in dirt, wet conditions and snow. Grabber A/TX tires are designed to accept optional metal studs to enhance traction on ice and packed snow.
The internal construction of the Grabber A/TX utilizes General’s DuraGen Technology, with ultra-high-strength steel belts, a robust, two-ply polyester casing to balance toughness and ride comfort and two polyamide reinforcement plies that aid durability and provide high-speed capability.
The Ford Super Duty Tremor – available on both the F-250 and F-350 with both 7.3L Godzilla V8 and Power Stroke diesel – also includes several upgrades that we can’t see here, such as an upgraded Dana front differential, a locking rear, high-clearance running boards and additional underbody armor. These are parts that we would expect to find their way to a production variant of the F-150 Tremor model as well. While it may not bring as much hardware as a Raptor, we found the F-350 Super Duty Tremor to be an unstoppable force on Michigan’s Silver Lake Sand Dunes. We wouldn’t count on the Godzilla V8 to make its way to the F-150 however.
The F-150 Tremor model will logically slot between the FX4 Package and the full-blown Raptor in the lineup, should it come to fruition. If this Tremor package follows the same recipe as the Ranger Tremor, we can also expect Fox 2.0 monotube dampers, rear piggyback reservoirs, and off-road tuned front coilovers and rear leaf springs. Unique accents and decals would also be on the menu.
As far as the powertrain goes, Ford has plenty of options to lean on. That said, the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss, Sierra AT4, and Ram 1500 Rebel all offer a V8 engine. Perhaps the F-150 Tremor will finally provide Ford fans another V8-powered truck to take on the trails. The 2021 F-150 engine lineup does include the Coyote V8, after all.