GM’s cross-town rival – the one with the blue oval – just rolled out the new Ford Tremor that’s looking to shake things up in the off-roader segment, dropping in as “the most capable, off-road Super Duty ever.” The help pad, the heavy-duty pickup’s agility in the rough stuff, the Ford Tremor – a package for the Super Duty F-250 and F-350 – comes equipped with a slew of new equipment, including a new suspension setup with a 2-inch lift, new running boards that tuck under the body, skid plates sourced from the FX4, and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-roading tires mounted to unique 18-inch matte black wheels.
All told, the Ford Tremor offers some impressive specs, with 33 inches of water fording capability and 10.8 inches of ground clearance, as well as a 31.65-degree approach angle and 24.51-degree departure angle.
To help it grab the terra with tenacity, the Ford Tremor is equipped with a locking rear differential with electronic shift-on-the-fly engagement, as well as a Dana limited-slip front differential. There’s also electronic Trail Control, the same system offered on the F-150 Raptor and Ranger, plus a unique rock-crawl mode with 4×4-low engagement.
Essentially, the Ford Tremor is the Blue Oval brand’s answer to the GMC Sierra HD AT4 and Ram Rebel. However, while the AT4 is a standalone trim level that occupies the high-end of the Sierra line, the Ford Tremor is an optional package offered with every F-Series Super Duty model – XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum; the only exceptions are the XL baser and the Limited range-topper.
The Ford Tremor package requires the Super Duty with a SuperCrew and 6.75-foot box and single-rear-wheel configuration, along with 4×4. F-250 models also require the high-capacity trailer tow package.
Unfortunately, GM’s Chevrolet currently does not offer a Trail Boss model of the Silverado HD, nor does it seem to have any plans to offer such a model in the foreseeable future. And that means the Bow Tie brand has no answer to this new off-road threat from Ford, putting it at somewhat of a competitive disadvantage. And while GMC does have the sweet Sierra HD AT4, it’s only a high-end trim level – leaving The General without a direct answer to the Tremor.