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New Ford Ranger Tremor 2021 breaks ground as cut-price Raptor option with a catch

Ford's Tremor will be available exclusively in the US, adding off-road enhancements to the Ranger pick-up.

Ford has released its Tremor Off-Road Package for 2021 Rangers in the US, adding a number of upgrades to improve off-road driving and essentially creating a petrol-powered Raptor.

While the Ranger Raptor is not available in the US, due to the overlapping demand of the F-150 Raptor pick-up, the Tremor is the next best thing as it adds lifted suspension with Fox monotube dampers, bespoke front coilover and rear leaf springs, 32-inch all-terrain tyres, and an auxiliary power pack to operate accessories like winches and light bars.

However, the add-on pack will be available exclusively in the US market, with a Ford Australia representative confirming to CarsGuide it has no plans to offer such a kit locally.

As a result of the changes though, the Ranger Tremor sports a 246mm of ground clearance, some 20mm more than the standard car, while approach, departure and breakover angles are also improved at 30.9, 25.5 and 24.2 degrees respectively.

The underbody is also fitted with extra protection, including a front bash plate, but the Tremor is more easily distinguished by its wider stance, new-look front grille, bespoke badging and optional decals.

Powering the Ranger Tremor is a 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, outputting 201kW/420Nm through a 10-speed automatic transmission – the same drivetrain available across all US-spec Rangers.

Maximum payload is rated at 649kg, while towing is capped at 3402kg.

Also included is a rear locking differential with Ford’s four-mode Terrain Management System “for improved acceleration and traction in gravel, so customers can punch it in a washout with gusto,” according to the brand.

The Tremor Off-Road Package will add $US4290 ($A5872) to the asking price of a US-spec XLT or Lariat Ranger.

By comparison, Aussie-spec Ranger Raptors come with a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine under the bonnet, punching out 157kW/500Nm.

The Ranger Raptor also scores Fox off-road suspension upgrades – albeit with a Watts link rear axle –and underbody protection, while its bodywork has been widened by 330mm thanks to beefed up fenders and bespoke tub.

Ford Australia’s Ranger Raptor starts at $77,190 before on-road costs, while the next step down is the Wildtrak grade that kicks off from $64,290, leaving room for a potentially new variant.