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New 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor to make more extreme off-roading possible

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor is a new addition to the company's lineup.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor continues the off-road story that was started by theFord Super Duty Tremor and Ford Ranger Tremor. It contains similar upgrades for tacking the trails while maintaining the towing and payload capacity that makes the F-150 a perennial best-seller. The Ford F-150 lineup was completely redesigned for the 2021 model year.

F-150 Tremor is meant for customers that need more off-road capability than what they can get in a F-150 FX4 package, but less than what is available in the F-150 Raptor (Ford hasn't revealed the next-gen Raptor yet). It is designed to tackle the terrain of a cornfield, as well as a dusty two-track, muddy bog, and rock-strewn trail.

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The F-150 makes use of a high-strength steel frame and aluminum body. It comes only in a SuperCrew configuration with a 5.5-foot box. Ford will only sell the model with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is also standard. Buyers will be able to choose from the standard, mid and high equipment groups as well as other features.

Ford has upgraded the truck's suspension to include retuned front and rear springs that add ground clearance, revised front hub knuckles and upper control arms, and added Tremor-specific monotone shocks up front. The twin tube shocks at the rear have been stunned for softer damping at low speeds.

The whole rig rides on new 33-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires that are wrapped around unique matte-finish 18-inch wheels. This adds ground clearance and makes the truck's stance one-inch wider. It also has a Raptor-style bash plate.

All the modifications to the truck have resulted in an approach angle of 27.6 degrees, breakover angle of 21.2 degrees, and departure angle of 24.3 degrees. Tremor has 1.5 inches more total travel in the rear and an additional inch of total travel in front.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

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A locking rear differential is standard. Ford is making a Torsen limited-slip front differential available later in the model year. Opting for the high equipment group will get a torque-on-demand transfer case that is similar to the high-performance unit in F-150 Raptor.

Tremor has a maximum conventional tow rating of 10,900 pounds.

Ford's Pro Power Onboard generator system is available and delivers 2.0 kilowatts of exportable power in the bed for tools, an air compressor, or electric chainsaw.

The front of the truck sports a new hood and fascia that is designed to give the model a more muscular appearance. The Ford oval is blacked out and highlighted by the signature Tremor color of Active Orange. Two Active Orange recovery hooks are situated near the bottom. Fixed running boards, inspired by Raptor, are mounted close to the body. A cutout rear bumper features a high-flow dual exhaust flanking its two rear recovery hooks.

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Active Orange is also visible on the fenders, bed sides, and tailgate. The color carries over to the interior where it is featured in special stitching, materials, and finishes on the instrument panel, center console, and doors.

Buyers get a six-position auxiliary power pack mounted to the overhead console as standard. They can have off-road lighting options installed at the dealer and check the 360-degree camera package options box when they order.

The Ford Trail Toolbox will be available in the model. It features one-pedal driving capability that makes activities like rock crawling easier. Trail Turn Assist technology reduces the steering radius of the truck in tight off-road stations by applying brakes to the inside rear wheel.

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Drivers will be able to make full use of Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Slippery, Deep Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut, and Rock Crawl drive modes. Available Trail Control operates like cruise control for off-road use.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor will be available next summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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