2022 Ford F-150 Tremor – Factory Custom Off-Road Pickup Shines.

Although the mighty F-150 Raptor is the king of high-performance factory off - road pickups, it is expensive and bit more truck than some folks can handle.

Review By Veeno Dewan

Although the mighty F-150 Raptor is the king of high-performance factory off – road pickups, it is expensive and bit more truck than some folks can handle.  Enter the 2022 F-150 Tremor pickup. that has the same stellar performance at a more reasonable  price. Based on the F-150-Crewcab short bed platform, the Tremor has the Raptor styling cues, such as the vented hood, running boards, and a skid plate—it also has funky orange trim across the exterior in the tow hooks and bumper, plus the interior. Dual, black-tipped exhaust pipes finish off the rear. All Tremor versions come as a four-door crew cab with a cargo bed measuring 5.5 feet.

Most importantly the Tremor gains a slew of special off-road parts and tuning such as: revised suspension with special springs, beefier front hubs and upper control arms, and an additional inch of ground clearance. The Raptor- style 18-inch wheels roll around massive 33-inch tall P275/70R18 General Grabber all-terrain tires.

Power is courtesy of Ford’s tried and proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6, now rated at an impressive 400-horseower at 6000 rpm and 500-pound feet of peak torque at just 3100 rpm. The transmission is an automatic 10 – speed unit. The Tremor starts at a surprisingly affordable $58,500 before delivery fees. As you would expect, like any Ford F-150, buyers can option the Tremor with luxury features and options such” as leather seats, premium audio and a whole gamut of power and convenience features. Out tester came with a whopping over $25,520 worth of high-end options! Boosting the MRSP to $84, 020 plus delivery and destination.

As standard spec includes off- road equipment such as: selectable dual-range torque-on-demand transfer case and a locking rear diff, Tremor – specific monotube shocks up front and twin tube shocks out back along with retuned springs which raise ground clearance slightly and contribute to about an inch of extra wheel travel. There are selectable drive modes for almost any kind of terrain, plus hill descent control. “Trail Control” is a system which holds the truck at a driver-chosen speed, and there is also  “One Pedal” system that modulates the throttle and braking in tough situations. In addition, there is a new turn-assist system that facilitates tighter turning radiuses in tough situations. Serious off-roaders will appreciate the Tremor’s approach angle of 27.6 degrees, breakover angle of 21.2 degrees and a departure angle of 24.3 degrees.

The Tremor’s cabin is smart, attractive looking and features funky  “Active Orange” trim inside.  There is a large easy to read and use center screen for infotainment, clear digital instrumentation, and well-designed ergonomics. Buttons atop the 12-inch touchscreen let you activate many of the Tremor’s off-road features, such as One-Pedal driving. Another set of controls, lets you shift between two and four-wheel-drive, or four-low drive.  Multiple camera angles allow you to see what’s below and in front of you on a hill or dip. Another camera feature allows the ability to see where the trucks wheels are on a narrow trail or track, and also trailer you are hauling.

Storage is excellent with big and small cubbyholes for stuff. Interior materials, fit and finish is all high class, and there’s plenty of room in the cab both front and rear with comfortable seats and good sight lines. As you’d expect of an F-150, the Tremor’s crew cab has plenty of room for up to five passengers.

On the road, the torque is abundant and the Tremor drives much like a normal F-150. The ride is compliant for a pickup truck and the retuned suspension improves the ride quality somewhat, particularly on sharper impacts. The twin-turbo V-6 pulls strong throughout the rev range

The Grabber tires perform very off-road, and the limited-slip rear made it easy to crawl over rocks. Trail Turn Assist reduces steering radius in tight off-road terrain situations by applying brakes to the inside rear wheel, allowing for tighter turns in low-speed maneuvers. The One-pedal driving feature is excellent for more controlled off-road driving.

Downsides include the somewhat noisy aggressive Grabber tires, and the sometimes-jumpy leaf-sprung rear suspension when the truck bed is empty. Speaking of the pickup bed, the 5.5-foot bed length might be a bit small for some, but a bigger bed would make the Tremor less agile and more cumbersome while off-roading. So, it’s a trade-off.

Rest assured, the Tremor  can rock crawl, hill climb, and mud run  with  best of them! And arrives with a reasonable base price and Ford’s proven F-150 format and is highly recommended of you want a truck with excellent Off-road performance right from the factory.

2022 Ford F-150 Tremor, priced from: $58,500
Price as tested with options: $84,0280 plus $1,995 delivery and destination.
More info at www.ford.ca