2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor First Look
2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor First Look By Auto Critic Steve Hammes
When the redesigned 2020 Ford Super Duty launches later this year it’ll be ready to quake with a new off-road package.
The last time I felt one of these Tremors was 5 years ago when Ford shook things up with a half-ton, single cab, sport truck. And now for the aftershock, the brawnier F-250 and F-350 models take the Tremor off the tarmac and onto the trail.
Ford says they’ve designed this truck for the Super Duty customer who uses their truck for more than just work. More ground clearance, bigger shocks, and bigger tires add more off-road capability for the outdoorsman.
The Tremor has towing and payload ratings similar to the regular Super Duty models but Ford points out that it’s more capable in those areas than Ram’s Power Wagon, though no specifics as of yet. The Tremor package is available for XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum Super Duties with the all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 or third-gen 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel.
The Tremor can be specified for 4×4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrew trucks with a 6.75-foot box; F-250 models also require the high-capacity trailer tow package. 35” Goodyears combine with a front end lifted by 2” to provide nearly 11” of ground clearance, 33” of water fording and vastly improved approach and departure angles.
The new shocks are tuned for low speed severe impacts while the progressive rate springs balance their big towing duties with controlled body motions on rutted trails resulting in less head toss for passengers. A Dana limited slip front differential and a locking rear differential work in conjunction with various drive settings, including an exclusive rock-crawl mode, to deliver the exact setup required.
The 10-speed automatic and 4X4 low mode produce an impressive 53:1 crawl ratio when powered by the gas engine. The Tremor also benefits from the Raptor’s Trail Control feature that acts like a cruise control setting for off-road driving.
Pricing and specs will be announced closer to launch.