Ford Ranger Tremor revealed as off-road enhanced XLT

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The Ford Ranger Tremor brings the same upgrades of the Wildtrak X to the XLT, but it’s not yet confirmed for Australia.

Ford has revealed more variants to the new-generation Ranger line-up, which includes the Wildtrak X detailed for Australia last week and now a new Tremor model based on the Ranger XLT.

However, the Tremor, which brings most of the Wildtrak X enhancements to the XLT model trim, has only been confirmed for the UK for now despite Ford Australia registering the Tremor trademark in 2021. The XLT model in the UK also misses out on some of the equipment the local model gets such as LED headlights which have a different appearance to the halogen units.

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The new Ford Ranger Tremor and Ranger Wildtrak X are more off-road focused machines that are both fitted with new Bilstein dampers while reworked suspension and chassis components – as well as more rugged looks – help to boost their appeal.

The two new models are aimed at buyers that need a ute that offers enhanced off-road ability in challenging conditions, and Ford Pro manager Hans Schep confirmed that they take some of their off-road DNA from the Ranger Raptor. “The new Wildtrak X and Tremor series follow the same recipe as our iconic Raptor; each one adds even more off-road ability and stunning looks.”

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The Ranger Tremor slots into the ute’s line-up between the XLT and Wildtrak models. It’s similar in concept to the previous-generation Ranger Wolftrak that was launched in the UK only. Again, the nameplate has also been registered for Australia.

Power for the Range Tremor comes from the 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel making 154kW of power and 500Nm of torque through a 10-speed automatic. But if the model was to be launched in Australia the popular 3.0-litre V6 diesel turbo producing a greater 184kW and 600Nm might be on the cards given it’s already an option for XLT buyers.

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As well as Bilstein dampers, the Tremor also receives a ride height that’s been raised by 26mm, while a 30mm wider track boosts its off-road ability. There’s a beefier power steering system, too, while a steel bash plate protects the underside of the Ranger’s running gear.

New electronics include Trail Turn Assist, a torque-vectoring system that applies the brakes to help tighten the truck’s turning radius by up to 25 per cent. Also fitted is Trail Control, a low-speed cruise control system first seen on the Ranger Raptor. This allows the driver to select a speed below 30km/h and the Ranger will maintain that speed over terrain while the driver concentrates on steering.

Visual upgrades over the Ranger XLT include black wheelarch mouldings to cover the Tremor’s wider track, black aluminium side steps, a black roll bar in the cargo bed, exposed tow hooks up front and grey exterior detailing. Inside, there are water-resistant vinyl floor mats, while the bank of six pre-wired overhead switches can be connected to accessories such as winches and LED light bars.

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