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The Overlanding Truck Is Mixed With Official Kit And Some Aftermarket Components

Ford Ranger SEMA Truck

The overlanding scene is bursting at the seams these days, and despite having its own dedicated trade shows, tent-mounted trucks, go-anywhere Jeeps, and apocalypse-ready pickups are primed to have a dominating presence at the 2019 SEMA show, as well. Ford, for instance, has a lineup of Ranger pickups heading to the show, and just about all of them are decked out with go-anywhere accessories that will allow drivers to go off the grid for essentially as long as they want.

Officially called the 2019 Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger, this medium-sized machine is ready for massive adventures with a Fox off-road suspension leveling kit providing 2-inch front lift, overseas-market Ford Ranger Raptor wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, a 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 6-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.

Ford Ranger
Yakima Ford Ranger SEMA Concept

Other components include a Warn 9.5 XP winch mounted on a winch-capable front bumper, an official 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, a special ARB Elements refrigerator/freezer to keep meals fresh, and ActionTrax recovery boards.

The SEMA truck’s livery consists of old photos of Henry Ford himself on a road trip and the quote “Supporting Your Adventure Since 1903.”

It joins the Yakima Ford Ranger as one of many projects that the brand will have at its massive SEMA display. Along with the Ranger, Ford will also have a few upfitted Transit vans, along with the iconic Mustang and F-150 as well. We expect a few surprises in store at the same time, so be sure to watch this space in the coming days and weeks as the 2019 SEMA show approaches.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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