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SEMA 2019 Ford Ranger

Ford Motor Company and father/son designers Neil and Collin Tjin are no strangers to collaborating on projects. For example, the 2017 SEMA Show featured an F-150 Tjin Edition concept from the duo, which was a cream-colored and lowered street sweeper of a full-size pickup with rose gold wheels. Then for the 2018 SEMA Show, the designers built the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Tjin Edition, which was deep purple, flared out, stanced, lowered, and once again with rose gold wheels. Also in the mix from Tjin over the years is a Ford Edge, a Focus ST, and a Fiesta ST. Now for the 2019 SEMA Show, the designers have revealed a rendering of the 2019 Ford Ranger Tjin Edition with another wide and low street-ready stance that they’ve become known for.

Going the opposite direction of the otherwise overland-ready lineup of Ford Ranger pickups that are being readied for the show, the 2019 Ranger Tjin Edition  is slammed to the ground via an air suspension, lowered 8 inches in the front and 9 inches in the rear. From there, JR’s Wheels and Tires fitted Falken tires on custom 20-inch Rotiform LHR-M three-piece wheels, with a set of Baer six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors just behind them.

Under the hood, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is upgraded with a Roush Performance intake, as well as a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and differential cover. There’s also a yellow-top Optima battery and RPG front-mounted intercooler.

Other styling cues come from Vaughn Gittin Jr’s RTR performance shop. This includes RTR fender flares, and an RTR grille with triangle LED lights. The paint is a one-off 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.

We hope to get a closer look at this pickup truck soon, during the 2019 SEMA Show happening the first week of November in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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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