Ford Tremor: potent sport truck. Better fuel economy

Ford Tremor is the little brother of the F-150 SVT Raptor. Ford Tremor's mileage is 16 miles per gallon in the city, 22 m.p.g. on the highway.

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Ford Motor Company introduces its newest member of the F-Series family, the F-150 Tremor, to members of the media in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The Ford Tremor is the first sport truck powered by an EcoBoost engine.

Ford’s universally popular F-150 SVT Raptor now has a little brother in the form of the all-new 2014 F-150 Tremor. The newcomer is the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] first EcoBoost-powered F-150 with the short-wheelbase, regular-cab design, and is aimed at buyers looking for a potent sport truck with decent fuel economy.

Under the hood is the familiar 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which combines direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging technologies to help deliver 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Our favorite attribute is the torque band: 90 percent of peak torque is available from 1,700 to 5,000 r.p.m.

Fuel economy is said to be 16/22 m.p.g. city/highway, for the rear-wheel-drive model. Opting for all-wheel drive will diminish those figures slightly.

The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic and a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle – the shortest final drive ratio offered in an EcoBoosted F-150. An electronic rear differential is also fitted as standard.

To give the vehicle that sporty look, designers have added the F-150’s FX Appearance Package, which comes with matte black accents, 20-inch black wheels and body graphics. Inside, there’s leather and Alcantara trim, brushed-metal accents and the MyFord Touch with SYNC connectivity system.

Sales of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor commence this fall. Look for pricing and EPA-rated fuel economy figures closer to launch.

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