SEMA Ford Ranger concepts teased
Ford will boast the largest OEM display at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in November and has teased a handful of Ford Ranger concepts.
With sales of dual-cab pickups booming around the world, Ford has gone in large with the Ranger at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show (6-8 November). The Blue Oval claims it will have the largest display of any OEM at SEMA with more than 50 vehicles on display.
While most will be modified Rangers there will also be some tweaked Transit vans. Speaking about its presence at SEMA, Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories said, “The automotive aftermarket space continues to grow at a tremendous pace from powerful street machines to the latest trends in overlanding and off-road.
“The Ranger and Transit are great fits for this space, capable of being modified in countless ways to give owners the flexibility to make their vehicle as unique as they are.”
While most of the Ford Ranger concepts on display will have been accessorised for off-road adventures, the father-and-son-built TJin Edition Ranger has been dumped. The duo turned out a purple RTR Mustang last year and, this year, have used air suspension to slam the Ranger onto its guts; lowering it eight inches at the front and nine inches at the rear. There is Falken rubber wrapped around 20-inch Rotiform LHR-M, and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylnder has been upgraded with a Roush Performance intake, a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and differential cover, Optima yellow-top battery and RPG front-mounted intercooler. Stopping power comes from Baer six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors in the front and rear.
Styling changes include a set of RTR fender flares, an RTR grille with triangle LED lights, custom BASF yellow applied by L&R Auto Body, a one-off wood bed floor in black with stainless steel hardware, retractable bed cover from Retrax, PowerTank CO2 system, Rigid fog lights and Lumens bed lights. The cockpit features four Recaro Sportster CS seats that recline, plus Schroth harnesses.
The RTR Rambler Ford Ranger slots in between the RTR Mustang and F-150, “with the Ranger created to deliver a balance of street-ability, overlanding and trail capability”. It gets typical RTR styling (modern and aggressive). It’s equipped with a SkyRise tent and integrated snowboard support capsule, it also features Ford’s recently-released suspension levelling kit, underbody protection, and custom RTR fenders housing RTR Tech 6 wheels with 33-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.
The Yakima Ford Ranger (Yakima is Ford’s accessories partner in the US) is another Ranger featuring the just-released suspension levelling kit, and adds a recovery kit, cat-back exhaust and rear differential cover. RPG bumpers, side steps, a Warn winch, Rigid lighting and Fuel Recoil off-road wheels with 33-inch BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires are also featured. A truck bed rack, JayLow kayak mount and HangOver vertical four bike carrier with BackSwing mount rounds out the catalogue-picked parts.
The Advanced Accessory Concepts Ranger is based off a Ranger XLT and features AFN bumpers, skid plate, rock sliders and Ford Performance rear differential cover. It has an AFN aluminium tray bed with canopy. An Icon 3.5-inch lift kit with Vector wheels and Warn Zeon Platinum 10-S winch as well as a Tepui Hybox tent and ARB fridge.
The Hellwig Ranger “targets the ultimate adventure vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts who value sustainability”. It features a 3.5-inch Icon suspension lift, 17-inch Icon Compression wheels and Falken tyres. Added to that are Hellwig sway bars, a Ford Performance Parts cat-back exhaust, rear differential cover and recovery kit. Addictive Desert Designs rock sliders and bumpers, Rigid lighting, ARB jack and Bushwacker fender flares round out the off-roading gear. The camping out side of things is taken care of with a Tepui hard-shell tent, Trail Kitchens stove on a bed slide, plus a DC Safety first-aid and roadside assistance kit, and Goal Zero solar power,
The Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger, like others on display, has a Ford Performance-tuned Fox off-road suspension levelling kit offering a two-inch front lift, Ford Performance Ranger Raptor wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, Ford Performance Ranger hood-hinge light kit with Rigid DSS-Series lights, Rigid underbody rock light kit, Rigid 30-inch SR-Series Pro lightbar on top of front bumper, two six-inch Rigid SR-Series Pro lightbars for the front bumper’s lower opening and Rigid D-Series 2×2 LED cube lights in the fog light openings.
Other components include a Warn 9.5 XP winch mounted on a winch-capable front bumper, Ford Performance by Warn Industries heavy-duty recovery kit and red tow hooks, Tepui HyBox rooftop tent, Decked truck bed storage system, RSI Smart Cap, ARB Elements refrigerator/freezer and ActionTrax recovery boards.