Dearborn's sending seven different takes on its new mid-size truck to Vegas.
After a seven-year absence, the Ford Ranger is officially back in production in America and ready for US buyers to put in their driveways. And with the SEMA show opening this week, Dearborn has revealed a series of customized mid-size pickups to give tuners and prospective customers alike a few ideas of the direction in which they can take their new trucks.
There'll all based on the Ranger SuperCrew 4x4 in either Lariat or XLT trim, and come powered by the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four with a Borla cat-back exhaust. But each takes a different approach using those same building blocks.
Chief among them, we'd argue, is the Ranger Pre-Runner show truck prepared by Ford Performance. Though not quite the Ranger Raptor we won't be getting in America, the Pre-Runner features electronic locking rear diff and Fox/BDS suspension, with a two-tone black and white appearance.
The Performance division is also cooking up the Ranger Base Camp overlander, equipped with similar off-road upgrades but with even bigger rolling stock and a tent on the bed. They'll be joined by a military-green Ranger inspired by Baja racing trucks, as well as Project Nightfall, which takes a more upscale yet highly visible approach with its neon-green accents.
BDS Suspension is also working up the Project Ranger X, all done up in black and orange, with an extended bed on a wheelbase stretched by nine inches. Airdesign USA has opted for a Storm Trooper look for its take on the new mid-size pickup. And last but certainly not least is the Xbox Ranger from Addictive Desert Designs, with the tallest suspension of the lot and a winter-camo wrap that looks like it came straight out of Forza – and even includes a pair of Xbox One X consoles mounted behind the rear seats.