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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.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor GIF GIF courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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

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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.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor GIF courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor GIF courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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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The Bronco will get two new colors for 2022.


The new Ford Bronco was in such high demand that buyers were in for a long wait, even before the pandemic and microchip shortages wreaked havoc on automotive supply chains and production. Even now, with little hope of a speedy vehicle delivery, buyers are still lining up to get the new SUV, and to reward those whose dreams will have to wait until 2022, Ford is debuting two new colors: Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic.

2022 Ford Bronco Eruption Green and Hot Pepper Metallic will be available. Ford

Ford revealed the colors at this year's Woodward Dream Cruise. The first-generation Bronco, which ran from 1966 through 1977, was the featured vehicle at the cruise, which presented the opportunity to introduce new colors for the upcoming model year. The two new colors won't join the Bronco's existing color catalog until order banks open for the new model year later in 2021. Ford says that the current color catalog which includes Antimatter Blue, Lightning Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic will be available through the end of the 2021 model year.

2022 Ford Bronco Many Bronco buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get their new SUV.Ford

The new colors may end up being the shades of choice for many current hopeful Bronco buyers. Along with pandemic-related delays, Ford's rollout of the new Bronco has been plagued by hardtop-related cosmetic issues. The problem is big enough for the automaker to replace the top of every hardtop Bronco built so far. This includes vehicles already purchased, the rare few sitting on dealers' lots, and even recently produced vehicles still hanging around the factory. Buyers still waiting for their Broncos to be built will be waiting a while, to the point that Ford says many orders will be pushed into the new model year. Ford is offering Bronco-related merchandise and promises a price lock for all buyers whose orders have been pushed, and now it appears they'll have two new colors to choose from as well.

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Three two-women teams will compete in a new Bronco or Bronco Sport.


As the pandemic ramped up last summer, auto event organizers were canceling left and right to avoid gathering groups of people to spread the virus. A few events went on, especially outdoor racing events such as the Rebelle Rally. The all-woman off-road event covers desert terrain in Nevada and California, and this year Ford Motor Company is sending three teams to compete in different versions of the Bronco and Bronco Sport SUVs.

All three teams will compete in some sort of Bronco SUV. Shelby Hall and Penny Dale, who drive a Bronco Sport in last year's Rebelle Rally, return to the competition in 2021, this time with a Bronco two-door. Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will pilot a Bronco Sport in the X-cross class and novice racers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant from accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts will drive a four-door Bronco in the 4x4 class.

2021 Rebelle Rally Two Broncos and a Bronco Sport will compete. Ford

The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are both Badlands models. The two-door Bronco is a Wildtrak model. All of the SUVs have been decked out in special Bronco 4600-inspired race livery. The two-door Bronco will enter the competition equipped with the Sasquatch package, but will otherwise retain is factory stock configuration. The Bronco Sport will also remain stock, other than having its back seat removed. Ford says the 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the four-door Bronco.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally in the United States. Teams are not allowed to use electronic maps, such as in-dash navigation or mapping tools built into smartphones. Ford says its teams will disable the features in the Broncos they'll be driving in the event.

2021 Rebelle Rally The Bronco Sport will remain stock, but will have its back seats removed.Ford

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