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While It May Be One Of Several Outdoorsy Ranger Pickup Trucks, It’s Certainly A Looker

Ford Ranger SEMA truck
RTR Ford Ranger Ramble Concept

Like we said before, overlanding appears to be on every builder’s mind when it comes to making a pickup truck or SUV for the 2019 SEMA Show, as the Ford Ranger projects commissioned by the automaker are mostly lifted, kitted, and fitted with a tent. This 2019 RTR Rambler Ford Ranger is no exception. However, the pedigree of an overlanding truck done up Formula D star Vaughn Gittin Jr’s shop immediately helps make this medium sized truck a bigger deal than most.

While still a concept, the announcement may or may not have eluded to the Ranger joining the RTR stable currently made up of upgrades for both the Ford Mustang and Ford F-150. The Rambler Ranger also shares signature design cues with its brethren, with trapezoidal grille inserts present and accounted for.

On the tactical end of things, the Rambler Ranger SEMA truck features a SkyRise tent and integrated snowboard support capsule. Additionally, like several other builds, the Rambler features the new Fox off-road suspension leveling kit providing 2-inch front lift. The truck is then fortified with underbody rock protection, as well as custom RTR fenders housing RTR Tech 6 wheels with 33” Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.

Under the hood is a bone-stock 2.3L EcoBoost turbo four fitted to a 10-speed automatic.

Officially, Ford doesn’t plan on bringing the current-generation Ranger Raptor to the US market. However, it’s clear that off-roading is on the mind, and the brand is doing everything it can to show that serious kit is just a SEMA show away, with an aftermarket looking to punch deeper into the off-road trail.

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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