The current generation Ford Ranger may have been around for quite some time now, but it was only earlier this year that the US got it again. Being their newest pickup (over there), it perhaps comes as no surprise that the Ranger would see several modified versions of it during this year's SEMA show.
To celebrate the return of the Ranger nameplate in the US, Ford unveiled not one, not two, but seven special versions of the said pickup. These SEMA specials range from mild to wild and would probably give the LTO a bit of a headache.
Starting with the Ranger built by Air Design USA. All the panels seen on this pickup are made in-house by Air Design and approved by Ford. These custom parts include the door rocker moldings, front bumper lower center bar with bumper flares, fender vents, hood scoop, rear cab spoiler, tailgate spoiler and tailgate appliqué. Also, it gets Fox off-road coil overs and uprated upper control arms.
Up next, the Ranger Base Camp and it's aimed towards the overlander crowd. This Ranger concept aims to combine off-roading and camping under the stars in the great outdoors. Like the Pre-Runner, the Ranger Base Camp gets a three-inch lift. It does get a different steel bumper, which integrates a bull bar.
It wouldn't be called Ranger Base Camp if it didn't have camping gear. It packs a Yakima heavy-duty rack kit by Outpost, SkyRise rooftop tent, eyebolts and load stops, heavy-duty hook straps, recovery track mount, Skinny Warrior roof basket, Slim Shady awning, Quick-click cleats and short bed tracks by SideBar.
But for those who want a hardcore Ranger, there's the Xbox-inspired model from Addictive Desert Design. This custom Ranger boasts a hefty six-inch lift, Fox-tuned suspension, off-road oriented coilovers, beaded tires, and a unique wrap. There's also Addictive Desert Designs’ front and rear steel bumpers, HoneyBadger chase rack with tire carrier and RIGID LED lighting.
Meanwhile, the Ranger Project Nightfall serves as the (somewhat) opposite of the Ranger Xbox. Ford says it aims to be an off-roader that will also be at home on the city. That means it wears large alloy wheels but are wrapped in all-terrain tires. It also has steel bumpers at the front and rear, along with a three-inch lift kit. A custom campershell is also part of the concept.
Back to the hardcore stuff, the Project Ranger X gets the most extreme modifications. For starters, the wheelbase was extended, and the drivetrain was customized as well. The bed has been ditched in favor of a Knapheide utility box with a custom-built rack. An LED lightbar is placed at the back end of the roof, and it boasts a healthy six-inch lift, Fox off-road coilovers, and aggressive mud terrain tires.
Ford also unveiled a Baja-Military themed Ranger, and it has a unique electronic suspension system. It packs 2.5 Series remote reservoir coil-overs with CDC valve and remote reservoir secondary shocks, billet aluminum upper control arms and lower A-arm skid plate with secondary shock mounts; rear suspension with 3.0 Series bypass shocks, 2.0 Series hydraulic bump stops and custom Icon leaf pack. Being military-themed, it is finished in matte green, and sports steel bumpers at the front and rear.
Last but not least is the Ranger Pre-Runner built by Ford Performance. It gets Fox-tuned suspension and a three-inch lift kit. The underbelly of the Ranger Pre-Runner is also protected by skid plates, from the front to the differentials. Speaking of protection, the Ranger Pre-Runner gets a steel bumper with an integrated LED light bar.