Ford has announced the 2023 Maverick compact pickup will be receiving the Tremor off-road package.

The new Tremor package will be available on the XLT and Lariat series of trucks, boasting a variety of upgrades tailored to the off-roading and overlanding experience. The Tremor package has previously been used to the same effect on Ford’s F-series and Ranger pickups, so it only makes sense that it would arrive on the popular Maverick.

So, what makes a Maverick Tremor? It starts with the FX4 Off-Road Package and all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine. The Tremor gains a twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a differential lock, able to divert “virtually all” rear axle torque to either wheel. Five drive modes, including normal, mud, sand, snow and towing, are there to aid the driver in corresponding conditions. Speaking of towing, the Maverick Tremor offers a max tow rating of 2,000 lbs; payload rating of 1,200 lbs.

Trail Control, a new drive mode exclusive to the Tremor, will serve as a sort of off-road cruise control. The idea is that the operator can focus on steering through the rough terrain while the truck manages throttle and braking. Getting over those obstacles is made easier thanks to unique front and rear springs and shocks, contributing to an inch of extra ride height. Less noticeable is the inclusion of a heavy-duty transmission cooler and upgraded half-shafts.

Of course, a Tremor package also means bespoke styling. In the Maverick’s case, it sports a unique grille finish and various blacked-out touches; badges, headlights and taillights, for example. The darkened finish is contrasted by Tremor Orange tow hooks upfront, and a new lower fascia allows for a greater approach angle-- protected by steel skid plates. All four corners ride on unique 17-inch aluminum wheels finished in a new Tremor Orange and dark gray finish. Wheels are wrapped in all-terrain tires.

A Tremor Appearance Package will add a Carbonized-Gray painted roof and mirror caps, plus some special black graphics. Even without the appearance pack, the Black Onyx cabin sports Tremor logos and Tremor Orange accents.

This unveiling is attached to news that Ford is soon reopening the order books for their most in-demand vehicles, with the Bronco Sport, Edge, Explorer and Ranger re-upping on August 2nd. Order banks for the Maverick are expected to reopen in September. The Tremor Package will add $2,995 to a Maverick XLT or Lariat; the Tremor Appearance Package will tack on an additional $1,495.

We praised the 2022 Ford Maverick during our Road Test, stating that it was “the right truck at the right time.” It’s practical, frugal and comes standard with a hybrid powertrain. This combination impressed us enough to award it with our 2022 Drivers’ Choice Awards “Best Of the Year.”