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Here’s Why the F-150 Tremor Is Only Available With Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 – Ford Truck Enthusiasts

The 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor has finally hit dealer lots a few months after its unveiling, and a handful of journalists recently had the opportunity to drive this new off-road-focused model, which slots in between the FX4 Off-Road Package and F-150 Raptor in Ford’s lineup. That also gave Muscle Cars & Trucks the opportunity to chat with F-150 Product Marketing Manager Joe McCarty and ask the tough questions – including why the automaker chose to offer a singular powertrain option with the F-150 Tremor.

Truthfully, since the day the Tremor was revealed, we found it curious that Ford will only allow buyers to spec one engine with the enhanced pickup – FoMoCo’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Sure, this is a popular and powerful powerplant, offering up 400 horsepower and a whopping 500 pound-feet of torque, but why not at least offer the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 or PowerBoost hybrid as an option? Luckily, McCarty was happy to discuss Ford’s decision on this hot topic.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

“Right now it”s just the 3.5-liter because it has the right balance between towing capability, horsepower, and torque,” McCarty explained. “The hybrid is our horsepower and torque leader, but the 3.5-liter is our towing leader. For this customer we wanted to achieve a strong towing performance – the 3.5-liter is the sweet spot for that. It allows customers to reach their towing destinations with confidence. Their favorite camp spot they’re trying to get to, they can get to it more easily while towing what they want to tow.”

This does make sense, as the Tremor is equipped with a variety of suspension modifications that, like the Raptor, diminish its towing capability when compared to a regular F-150. Regardless, it can still tow up to 10,900 pounds, which is enough to pull a camper or off-road trailer filled with gear to remote campsites, which is the point here. Regardless, the fact that McCarty used the words “right now” leaves the door open for additional powertrain options in the future, or at least we hope so.

2021 Ford F-150 Tremor

As McCarty points out in this interview, the Tremor is a very specific product built using customer input, which is Ford’s m.o. these days. “We did take it to research and got a real sense of what people wanted,” he said. “They didn’t want it to be too over the top, they wanted it to look purposeful and could tow and haul whatever they wanted to. To be a daily driver but also have some uniqueness to the appearance.”

At the same time, the decision not to equip the Tremor with Ford’s PowerBoost hybrid also likely came down to cost, which is also why the Torsen front differential is optional. “We’re trying to keep the entry price down,” McCarty said. “So if we don’t have to force things that aren’t necessary or valued by all customers then we’re not going to force that.” Truthfully, when well-equipped, the Tremor comes rather close to the Raptor in price, so this explanation makes more sense than simply attributing the lack of a hybrid option to towing capability.

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