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YAKIMA FORD RANGER CONCEPT PREVIEWED FOR SEMA 2019

The Build Is Highlighted By Meaty 33-Inch Tires And Lift Kit

Ford Ranger
Yakima Ford Ranger SEMA Concept

With the 2019 SEMA Show around the corner, Ford Accessories partner Yakima took the 2019 Ford Ranger and elevated it to no heights – literally. With various Ford Performance Parts components such as the all-new Fox tuned off-road suspension leveling kit, a recovery kit, cat-back exhaust and rear differential cover, this Ranger pickup is an overlander’s delight. Finishing things off on the business end of things are RPG bumpers, side steps, a Warn winch, Rigid lighting and Fuel Recoil off-road wheels with 33” BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires.

For utility, a Yakima truck bed rack, Yakima JayLow kayak mount and Yakima HangOver vertical four bike carrier with BackSwing mount are included as well. These Ford Ranger parts are available via Ford Accessories, thanks to the deep partnership the companies have currently. In fact, Yakima has been working on accessories for the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco, and it will only be a matter of time before all of that is made official.

Mechanically, the 2019 Ranger Yakima concept is otherwise the same. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic remains the standalone factory powertrain for the midsize truck, producing 270 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanically, Ford shares this powertrain combo with the Ford Mustang EcoBoost. It provides more torque than the optional V6 engines from either the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, or Toyota Tacoma, while returning decent fuel economy at the same time.

We once drove a 2019 Ford Ranger from Detroit to all across the western United States with a trailer in tow, and it was a delight. Feel free to check out part one of our #RangerRoadTrip, followed by part two.

The Ranger is expected to soldier on relatively unchanged for the next couple of years, until an all-new version will reportedly show face by 2022. The next-generation Ford Ranger is expected to share a lot of hardware with the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok.

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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