It combines the XL trim with content from the FX4 package.
Ford recognises that variety is the spice of life and strives to broaden the F-150 lineup to appeal to a broader audience. The Tremor and Raptor are currently available as off-road trim levels from the Blue Oval, but one costs $52,000 and the other $68,675. If those are out of your price range but you still want an off-road vehicle, the new-for-2023 Rattler starts as an entry-level XL before adding off-road features.
The skid plates, in particular, are taken from the FX4 kit, which also includes an electronic locking rear differential. To sweeten the deal, Ford includes a hill descent control system as well as off-road-oriented shock absorbers to help with tougher surfaces. Compared to the F-150 XL, the Rattler comes equipped as standard with all-terrain tires to enhance its go-anywhere capabilities.
When you go inside the F-150 Rattler, you’ll see bronze accents on the upholstery and stitching on the instrument panel. The concept of a base vehicle with an off-road upgrade is clever, and it should help Ford attract buyers who don’t require all of the Tremor’s features and/or can’t afford the higher price tag.
Although no official price has been announced, we can make an educated assumption. The XL starts at $29,990, but if you add the $1,005 FX4 Off-Road Package, you’ll receive the XL High Equipment Group, 4×4, Regular Cab body style, and 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. When you add in the necessary $1,695 destination charges, the total comes to $39,860.
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It brings the grand total to $39,860 once you factor in the mandatory $1,695 destination charges. Since the Rattler won’t have all of the FX4’s content, logic tells us it’ll be cheaper.
Pricing details should arrive in the coming months as Ford says it will have the 2023 F-150 Rattler on sale this fall.