For 2023 the breakout success Ford Maverick rolls into its second year mostly unchanged but the big news is the addition of the new elevated off-road Tremor Package that takes it up a couple notches in capability as well as appearance.
The Tremor Package will be an available add-on exclusively for 2.0 EcoBoost AWD Mavericks on XLT and Lariat trim grades. Like the Tremor Package that’s been rolled out for Ranger, F-150 and F-250, you get a full docket of upgrades interior, exterior as well as mechanically.
To the visuals, Tremor means orange graphics and accents. To that the Maverick Tremor gets a unique orange grille insert and orange tow hooks. The side fender vent elements get orange letter graphics and there are orange highlighted Tremor graphic emblems at the rear sides and at the tailgate.
Headlights and tail lights are blacked out as are the Ford oval logos front and rear. Special 17-inch alloy wheels feature an orange one pocket highlight and come mounted with upgraded Falken Wildpeak 235/65 all-terrain tires.
Aside finishes and graphics the most notable visual upgrade is a revised front fascia reshaped for a better approach angle off-road. Approach angle improves from 21.6 to 30.7 degrees. Departure angle is now 22.2 degrees, up one. Breakover angle improves almost 2 degrees, now 19.9. Ground clearance is up nearly one inch to 9.4-inches.
Contributing to all of that, Tremor is based the slate of hardware upgrades of the FX4 package but features a 1-inch suspension lift at the front and almost that at the rear. As a result, the stance overall is taller but more leveled out than the FX4.
The hardware upgrades are top-end off-road bits and pieces brought over from the Bronco Sport Badlands. These include first a healthy aluminum skid plate underneath the front end to protect the engine and transmission. Upgraded axle half-shafts are brought over as well.
Most notable is the upgraded twin-clutch rear differential unit that can divert nearly 100% of rear axle torque to either the right or left wheel if and when the other has no traction. The AWD system also features an exclusive manual lock setting that can give you dedicated 50:50 torque split to both the front and rear axles on demand. On all other Maverick AWD models, you have to depend on the computer to make that decision, you cannot.
The console switches are different than standard AWD Mavericks as as a result, showing the locks for the AWD system and rear axle. While the system is mechanically identical to that of the Bronco Badlands, the drive modes are pared down to a simplified set of five for pavement, mud, sand or snow, and towing.
New on the Tremor however Trail Control which is a slow speed cruise control of sorts for off-roading that allows you to concentrate on steering your line through muck or rocks. The computer orchestrates throttle, braking and traction control at the individual wheel level which is more granular than even the best of drivers can articulate. Translation: It’s a tool to aid even the best of drivers not a crutch for novices.
To keep it all working well it has a heavy-duty transmission cooler and cooling for the drive units as well. The tow rating for the Maverick Tremor is the standard 2,000 pounds, the 4K tow package is not available with Tremor. Also, payload is 1200 pounds, notably down 300 pounds from the AWD EcoBoost models.
For 2023 the Navy Pier interior background theme continues for all Maverick models. The Tremor is essentially trimmed out like the XL with its stone gray door inserts and dash applique along with gloss black vents and console insert.
Upgraded however an upgraded digital instrument cluster with 6.5-inch center screen and leather wrapped steering wheel. Vinyl seat trim is Black Onyx in color with orange accents and embroidered Tremor logos.
There is an additional upgrade you can select to make even more extra. The Tremor Appearance Package brings a Carbonized Gray-painted roof center panel and mirror skull caps in addition to more prominent black graphics on the hood, sides and lower body.
Adding the Tremor Off-Road Package to your XLT or Lariat AWD EcoBoost Maverick will cost and additional $2,995 and the Tremor Appearance Package and additional $1,495. At least two new colors have been added for the 2023 Ford Maverick including the Avalanche Gray shown here in addition to Atlas Blue.
Order banks for all Ford Maverick models including Hybrid, EcoBoost and Tremor open in mid-September as Ford scrambles to finish as many of their 2022 model year orders as they can. Production of the 2023 Ford Maverick begins in late October.