2023 Ford F-150 Rattler: The 4×4 Pickup With Skid Plates and Locking Diff


If you鈥檝e been driving trucks for 30 years or more, or consider yourself similar to those who have, you may not be a fan of the gadgets. Trucks are more complex (and comfortable) than ever before, and while I doubt anyone would rather have a stiff ride than a plush ride, there are plenty who could do without active suspension and the like. That鈥檚 the kind of person Ford had in mind when he developed the new F-150 Rattler.

Ford F-150 Rattler
Ford F-150 Rattler. / Photo: Courtesy Ford.

A pickup equipped for off-roading

Is a basic XL-based pickup truck that runs without gadgets and at the same time orOffers upgrades like off-road shock absorbers, a dual exhaust, and a locking rear differential. Sure, the diff is locked electronically, but that鈥檚 okay, it鈥檚 not like we鈥檙e still in the era of manual-locking front hubs. (But how cool would that be?) However, takes the essentials of Ford鈥檚 FX4 package and applies it to a simpler formula.

you get off road tires in the F-150 Rattler, of course, and they appear to be Toyos. They are wrapped around 18-inch painted aluminum wheelsthat you don鈥檛 have to feel so bad about scratching. All of this provides better traction for climbing steep, rocky inclines, while Hill Descent Control makes it easier to get down hills.

Ford F-150 Rattler
Ford F-150 Rattler. / Photo: Courtesy Ford.

Available in any type of engine that Ford offers in the F-150

Ford confirmed that you can get a Rattler with any powertrain the F-150 offers, except for the ultra-basic 3.3-liter naturally aspirated V6. That means the Blue Oval will build them with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, 5.0-liter V8, 3.5-liter EcoBoost, or even the 3.5-liter PowerBoost Hybrid. Think of it like a Tremor lite, except you can spec it with a Coyote motor if you want.

What鈥檚 inside the F-150 Rattler

If you鈥檙e hoping for massage seats, there aren鈥檛 here. you will only find seats of fabricin addition to a column mounted shifter. Ford says the Rattler trucks require the XL 101A 4脳4 trim package, and can be chosen in extended cab or crew cab configurations; all have a 145-inch wheelbase.

Ford F-150 Rattler
Ford F-150 Rattler. / Photo: Courtesy Ford.

Pricing for the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler hasn鈥檛 been announced yet, so look closer to launch. You can bet it will be cheaper than an XLT with the FX4 package while outperforming a regular XL 4脳4 a bit. The pack will be available to order this fall.

**********

It may interest you:

Spread the love