“Tremor is aimed at customers who require enhanced on and off-road comfort while retaining 3.5t towing capability, Tremor is customised off the shelf for any adventure,” says David Herbert, Marketing Manager at Ford New Zealand. “Like our recent special editions though, it will go quickly.”

“Tremor has all of the enhanced capabilities of the recently sold out Wildtrak X, and it’s based on the Sport series which makes it a more affordable option suited to hard-working Kiwi environments,” Herbert added.

The Ranger Tremor Double Cab uses the same 154kW/500Nm 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine and full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) system, and benefits from the Trail Turn Assist feature that allows the vehicle to manoeuvre around the tightest off-road turns with ease, says Ford.

Ford Ranger Tremor: “Style and Substance”

The Ranger Tremor is visually distinguished from the rest of the line up through the addition of a black honeycomb off-road front grille that is equipped with the same LED auxiliary driving lights, along with unique Bolder Grey exterior details for the lower sections of the front bumper and H-bar, fender vents, mirror caps, door handles, and rear bumper.

This is complemented by extended wheel arch mouldings in Bolder Grey that frame the 265/70 R17 all-terrain General Grabber AT3 tyres with white lettering, mounted on 17-inch Asphalt Black machine-faced alloy rims.

Further distinguishing the Ranger Tremor from its siblings is the inclusion of the ‘Tremor’ badge on the rear tailgate and bold ‘Tremor’ decals on the sides. Another special detail is the use of the black Ford Oval on the front grille and tailgate – an exclusive treatment that is shared only with the Ranger Raptor.

Proving that the muscular appearance is a combination of both style and substance, Ford says the Tremor’s go-anywhere abilities are reinforced with the standard fitment of a tough enthusiast-rated steel bash plate, steel underbody protection for the engine, transfer case and fuel tank, two front tow hooks, cast aluminium side steps and the distinctive long-leg tubular sports bar.

The off-road enhancements incorporate the same reworked suspension with specially developed Bilstein Position-Sensitive Dampers as used on the Wildtrak X. This allows for a 24mm increase in ground clearance accompanied by a 30mm wider track, giving the Tremor even greater control and poise in the toughest driving conditions, according to Ford.

Adding a further touch of exclusivity, Ranger Tremor is available in Conquer Grey – a colour option which was previously limited to the Ranger Raptor. Additional choices include: Arctic White, Shadow Black, Conquer Grey and Blue Lightning.

Ford Ranger Tremor: “Tough, Durable and Practical”

The seats are trimmed in water-resistant black vinyl with medium Dark Urban Grey stitching. The front seats incorporate the Tremor logo embroidered in orange on the seatbacks and provide six-way adjustment. In place of traditional carpets, vinyl flooring are provided.

The standard fitment of the roof-mounted auxiliary switches allows fitment of the powered accessories that are part and parcel of 4×4 overlanding. Provision is made for the fitment of a second battery in the engine bay with no modifications required – a feature that is common to all new Rangers.

The Tremor is equipped with Off-road SYNC Screen, wireless charging as standard, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ford Ranger Tremor: Off-road Capability

Along with the muscular appearance of the Tremor, there’s a lot going on under the skin to further enhance this unique Ranger’s ‘Built Ford Tough’ off-road capabilities.

Ranger Tremor joins Wildtrak and Raptor as the only models in the Ranger lineup available with Ford’s full-time four-wheel drive system, which uses an electromagnetic transfer case (eMTC) mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission with advanced eShifter and electronic parking brake.

It offers the permanent 4WD in 4 Auto (4A) mode which is suitable for both on and off-road driving. The system also includes 4 High (4H) that provides an equal split of the power delivery to the front and rear axles for driving on loose surfaces, and 4 Low (4L) for tackling arduous off-road conditions.

There’s also a two-wheel drive (2H) mode which disengages the front axle for rear-wheel drive only. Another benefit of the 4WD system is the fitment of disc brakes all-round for improved on and off-road braking performance.

An extensive range of driver assistance systems provide enhanced confidence in any terrain, including the new Trail Turn Assist feature that debuted on the Raptor. The system brakes the inside wheel when negotiating tight bends in off-road conditions below 19km/h, reducing the vehicle’s turning radius by up to 25 percent to help navigate around obstacles.

Trail Control is also standard on Ranger Tremor. The driver simply selects a set speed below 32km/h when driving off-road, and the vehicle will manage its acceleration and braking while the driver concentrates on steering through difficult terrain.

This is complemented by the usual gamut of driver assist and active safety features common to the Ranger line-up, such as Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (which includes Load Adaptive Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Traction Control and Trailer Sway Control). It also boasts the Lane Keeping System with Road Edge Detection, Pre-Collision Assist (with Dynamic Brake Support, Forward Collision Warning System and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection), Reverse Brake Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring with Trailer Coverage, and parking sensors front and rear.

Post-Collision Braking is standard on Tremor, along with nine airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start and an alarm system and immobiliser.

You can read DriveLife’s full review of the Ranger Sport here.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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