When you think of a badass, off-road-oriented Ford truck, thoughts naturally turn to the F-150 Raptor. America's midsize Ranger, bereft of the Ranger Raptor trim available overseas, doesn't have anything that comes close (at least, in this generation). But according to Ford Authority, the Ranger is slated to get an off-roading Tremor package similar to the one available for the Super Duty trucks.
The Tremor package won’t include a powertrain upgrade from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, but it will reportedly give the Ranger unique air dams and running boards for better clearance angles, and add package-specific wheels clad in BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Ford Authority says the Ranger will have greater ground clearance, though they don't specify how much.
We’ve seen Ford steadily adding off-road upgrades to the Ranger before, including a factory lift kit, accessory collaborations, and even an off-road appearance package for the 4x2 Ranger. That’s not surprising, considering the general thrust of an off-roader-centric midsize segment with competitors like the Toyota Tacoma, the Jeep Gladiator, and the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison. Ford needs to up the Ranger's off-road cred every year just to keep up.
According to the report, Ford will offer the package on the mid-level XLT and premium Lariat trims. The report does not mention price; that said, the Tremor package is a $3,945 option on the Super Duty, so we're guessing it'll come in close to that. That would put a fully-loaded Lariat Ranger at the price point of a reasonable base-trim Jeep Gladiator, which could make the Ford a compelling choice.