Earlier this week, we got the disappointing news that Ford isn’t going to bring the Ranger Raptor to the States. But just because the Blue Oval doesn’t want the pint-sized trophy truck to come here doesn’t mean enthusiasts won’t have the opportunity to transform the new mid-size pickup into the machine of their dreams. And to illustrate that fact, Ford is bringing a slew of Rangers to SEMA. We’ll have plenty more of shots of these wicked rigs after they hit the floor in Vegas, but until we get the chance to get up close and personal with them, check out the photos Ford dropped today.
The Ranger Pre-Runner is likely set up with all the kit Ranger Raptor buyers will be looking for. There’s the FX4 Off-Road Package, a 3.73 electronic locking rear differential, a Fox/BDS Suspension three-inch leveling kit with off-road shocks, a BDS upper control arm kit, and Ford Performance cat-back exhaust, along with 17-inch Ford Performance wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 rubber. This baby is ready to tackle the trail.
Ranger Base Camp
Is there anything cooler than an off-roader with a tent on top of it? We don’t think so, even if we think camping sounds like the worst holiday ever. There are a bunch of goodies on display here, including a BDS upper control arm kit, skid plates, a differential cover from Ford Performance, WARN Industries bumpers, and a WARN 10k Zeon front winch and grille guard, but we keep looking at the SkyRise rooftop tent. It’s so cool.
While we hope we’re never in a situation where we’d need to wear camo, because, you know, danger, the winter pattern is our favorite by far. This machine sports many of the same off-road bits as the other trucks, but the defining element is clearly the Xbox Design Labs winter forces-themed vinyl wrap, which was cribbed from the company’s line of custom Xbox controllers.
Ford says “Project Nightfall combines off-road capability with sleek, upscale styling that makes it equally fit for urban living.” And while this lifted truck doesn’t exactly scream urban to us, we still like the way it looks, and the A.R.E. CX Revo cap will help keep everything urban dwellers haul home from IKEA nice and dry.
Project Ranger X
One of the things you have to keep in mind about off-roading is that when you’re pushing your truck, you could very break it. And in that case, the Project Ranger X is exactly the kind of vehicle that’s going to come and get you out of a jam. The Knapheide utility box and it’s custom-built rack system will be able to hold everything you could need to repair on the trail, and the Dometic CFX 40-watt electric cooler will ensure there are plenty of cold beverage on hand to keep the crew properly hydrated.
The attack angle of the Baja-forged Ranger makes it look like it’s ready for anything — check out how beefy that skid plate is! This is one we really can’t wait to see in person, as we think all the brass accents will really pop against the matte-green paint. Also? Those light bars seem like turning night into day would be no problem at all, and that’s always helpful when you’re out on the trail.
Airdesign USA Ranger
We’ve written before about how we love seeing colors other than black, silver, or white out on the roads. But as soon as we say that, along comes a vehicle which makes vanilla look delicious. Here, we think the Airdesign off-road series body kit looks great, without going over the top.
While these are all one-off build for SEMA, your local AutoNation Ford dealer will be able to help you customize your rig so it’s exactly what you’re looking for. So head down and pay them a visit today!