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Keep on truckin' – Pickups and SUVs of SEMA 2016

Keep on truckin' – Pickups and...
Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Low rider ... is a little lower
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Low rider ... is a little lower
Specialty Forged Escalade at SEMA 2016
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Specialty Forged Escalade at SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Bringing together three generations of Jeep Wrangler, the CJ66 from Mopar combines a TJ frame, CJ body, JK elements and Mopar accessories
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Bringing together three generations of Jeep Wrangler, the CJ66 from Mopar combines a TJ frame, CJ body, JK elements and Mopar accessories
Forget about the cars of SEMA, here's a car carrier of SEMA
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Forget about the cars of SEMA, here's a car carrier of SEMA
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Mini pickup ready to haul
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Mini pickup ready to haul
Chevy goes surfin' with the Colorado Z71 Hurley concept
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Chevy goes surfin' with the Colorado Z71 Hurley concept
Chevy's Colorado ZH2 truck is an off-road-ready military vehicle with hydrogen fuel cell power
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Chevy's Colorado ZH2 truck is an off-road-ready military vehicle with hydrogen fuel cell power
Chevy revealed the ZH2 at an Association of the US Army meeting last month and brought it to SEMA for truck lovers and customizers to see
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Chevy revealed the ZH2 at an Association of the US Army meeting last month and brought it to SEMA for truck lovers and customizers to see
The Colorado ZH2 has a 93-kW fuel cell system and 177-hp electric motor
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The Colorado ZH2 has a 93-kW fuel cell system and 177-hp electric motor
The Kia Niro Triathlon is a self-driving mini pickup concept built for triathletes
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The Kia Niro Triathlon is a self-driving mini pickup concept built for triathletes
The Kia Niro Triathlon loses the B pillar on the passenger side, gets a coach door and features a zero gravity recliner inside
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The Kia Niro Triathlon loses the B pillar on the passenger side, gets a coach door and features a zero gravity recliner inside
Hyundai and Rockstar Performance Garage make the Santa Fe a bit more rugged and powerful
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Hyundai and Rockstar Performance Garage make the Santa Fe a bit more rugged and powerful
The Chevy Colorado ZZ1 Hurley
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The Chevy Colorado ZZ1 Hurley
One dirty pickup truck that looks ready for an overland expedition ... save for the lack of wheels
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One dirty pickup truck that looks ready for an overland expedition ... save for the lack of wheels
1949 Ford F1 named "Old Smokey," from Chuckles Garage
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1949 Ford F1 named "Old Smokey," from Chuckles Garage
Ford XLT 4x4 SuperCrew
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Ford XLT 4x4 SuperCrew
Hyundai/Rockstar's Santa Fe wears many mechanical and cosmetic mods, including a nitrous system feeding the 3.3-liter V6
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Hyundai/Rockstar's Santa Fe wears many mechanical and cosmetic mods, including a nitrous system feeding the 3.3-liter V6
Jeep CJ66
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Jeep CJ66
Ram Macho Power Wagon
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With a real Wrangler pickup on the way, this Wrangler Crew Chief 715 concept from the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari looks better than ever at SEMA
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With a real Wrangler pickup on the way, this Wrangler Crew Chief 715 concept from the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari looks better than ever at SEMA
Jeep originally revealed the Renegade Comanche pickup at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab and shows it again at SEMA
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Jeep originally revealed the Renegade Comanche pickup at the 2016 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab and shows it again at SEMA
The Dodge Durango Shaker features a custom Shaker hood over its 6.4-liter HEMI engine
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The Dodge Durango Shaker features a custom Shaker hood over its 6.4-liter HEMI engine
GoPro shows much larger hardware than what it's known for
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GoPro shows much larger hardware than what it's known for
A rugged tiger at SEMA 2016
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A rugged tiger at SEMA 2016
We weren't sure if this Valyrian Steel Burning Man art car really belonged in the  trucks gallery, but given the size of its tires and massive tubular frame, we think it's quite comfortable here
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We weren't sure if this Valyrian Steel Burning Man art car really belonged in the  trucks gallery, but given the size of its tires and massive tubular frame, we think it's quite comfortable here
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Something for the overlanding crowd, the Turtle Expedition off-road motorhome
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Something for the overlanding crowd, the Turtle Expedition off-road motorhome
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Toyota was all about "something old, something new" at SEMA this year, and this 1961 Land Cruiser FJ25 was the "old" companion of the Land Speed Cruiser
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Toyota was all about "something old, something new" at SEMA this year, and this 1961 Land Cruiser FJ25 was the "old" companion of the Land Speed Cruiser
Toyota's 2,000-hp, 220-mph Land Speed Cruiser
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Toyota's 2,000-hp, 220-mph Land Speed Cruiser
A peek at the stripped interior of the twin-turbo Land Speed Cruiser
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A peek at the stripped interior of the twin-turbo Land Speed Cruiser
Toyo Tires custom Ferret 
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Toyo Tires custom Ferret 
Starwood Motors Jeep Wrangler Bandit conversion at Lund International
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Starwood Motors Jeep Wrangler Bandit conversion at Lund International
Forgiato Wheels G-Class
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Forgiato Wheels G-Class
SEMA Battle of the Builders
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SEMA Battle of the Builders
The Bentley Bentayga becomes one of the newest SUV SEMA visitors
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The Bentley Bentayga becomes one of the newest SUV SEMA visitors
Trucks and more trucks at SEMA
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Trucks and more trucks at SEMA
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
This stretched pickup from Bully Dog isn't quite as wild as the Toyota Tundrasine from last year's show, but it must be one of the biggest at SEMA 2016
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This stretched pickup from Bully Dog isn't quite as wild as the Toyota Tundrasine from last year's show, but it must be one of the biggest at SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
The tracked, autonomous Kia Sorento Ski Gondola concept
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The tracked, autonomous Kia Sorento Ski Gondola concept
The Starwood Motors Momo Bandit, one of several Starwood Jeeps at SEMA
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The Starwood Motors Momo Bandit, one of several Starwood Jeeps at SEMA
Ford is preparing to race the 2017 F-150 Raptor at Baja
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Ford is preparing to race the 2017 F-150 Raptor at Baja
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Trucks of SEMA 2016
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Trucks of SEMA 2016
Under the hood of the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser 
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Under the hood of the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser 
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The 2016 SEMA Show wrapped up in Las Vegas on Friday, leaving in its wake piles and piles of photos of wild custom cars, trucks and wheeled vehicles best described simply as "other". We've sorted through to bring you some of the best in show. We have a sports car gallery on the way, too, but here we're all about trucks, rugged SUVs and wild creations we've deemed "truck-like other."

Kia makes cat skiing autonomous

The minute we laid eyes on the Kia Sorento Ski Gondola topping Kia's SEMA press release, we knew it would be among our favorite off-roaders of the show – we have a bit of a thing for production cars-cum-snowmobiles. After the initial novelty of the tracks wore off, however, we found new reasons to love the futuristic sled. Autonomous driving is almost always thought of in terms of highway safety and commuting convenience, but Kia injected a bit more fun in playing with ways it could be used for recreation.

The tracked, autonomous Kia Sorento Ski Gondola concept
The tracked, autonomous Kia Sorento Ski Gondola concept

The idea of a ski shuttle that could shoot skiers and snowboarders up to the top of a run then pick them up at the bottom, all without someone having to spend that run inside a car cabin, missing the action, is very cool. And it's not hard to think of similar uses beyond skiing. Sticking with the outdoors theme, an autonomous shuttle could drop off at the start of a trail or kayaking put-in and pick up at the end point, eliminating the need for potentially pricey shuttle services, stashing a car, etc. Or it could work as a downhill mountain biking shuttle in the same way as skiing. So beyond just a cool set of tracks, the Sorento Ski Gondola is an interesting vision of autonomous-supported recreation of the future.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor stops by on the way to Baja

Ford brought a slew of custom car and truck builds to the show. Many were just fun SEMA one-offs, but one has a very ambitious future. Ford's been hyping the new 2017 F-150 Raptor quite a bit, and it used SEMA to show the competition-ready Raptor it will run in the SCORE Baja 1000 later this month. The truck will race in the stock full class and Ford and Foutz Motorsports have made minimal modifications, adding a steel roll cage, puncture-resistant fuel cell, racing seats with harnesses, and Rigid Industries LED lighting. The factory-spec suspension has also been revised around the added weight of the racing equipment. The engine remains the 450-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 new buyers will use to drive the truck out of dealership lots.

Ford is preparing to race the 2017 F-150 Raptor at Baja
Ford is preparing to race the 2017 F-150 Raptor at Baja

"The stock engine, transmission and powertrain calibrations are phenomenal," says Greg Foutz, the four-time Baja 1000 winner who will drive the truck at this year's event. "Suspension-wise, everything else – including its wheels and BFGoodrich K02 tires – is carried over from the 2017 production model."

Toyo scurries across dirt and mud with six-legged Ferret

A departure from the hordes of lifted pickups and ruggedized Wranglers filling the halls of SEMA, the Toyo Ferret is a very different kind of customized vehicle. The 1959 British Ferret armored military vehicle was given a full work-over by Action Vehicle Engineering. It rose to fame this past summer when Toyo released a video of off-road champion BJ Baldwin piloting it over all kinds of off-road terrain.

Toyo Tires custom Ferret 
Toyo Tires custom Ferret 

In addition to a full set of Toyo Open Country tires on custom wheels, Action upgraded power with a Chevy LS V8, added a modified suspension with King shocks, and, coolest of all, secured a custom launcher on top for shooting a grappling hook cabled to the Smittybilt winch. Those middle wheels are more than just spares, driven by hydraulic motors.

There's not much else to say beyond "here's the video."

The Toyo Tires Ferret

Toyota guns for world record speed ... with a Land Cruiser

From Toyo to Toyota, and from a venerable off-roader made over-the-top off-roader to a venerable off-roader made over-the-top track car, our next entry is the already-infamous Toyota Land Speed Cruiser. As we looked at earlier in the week, Toyota scalpeled the Land Cruiser body off the frame, heavily revised the chassis, added twin turbochargers and an ATI transmission, and slapped the body back on. The low-riding Cruiser now has somewhere around 2,000 hp and Toyota believes it capable of 220 mph (354 km/h).

Toyota's 2,000-hp, 220-mph Land Speed Cruiser
Toyota's 2,000-hp, 220-mph Land Speed Cruiser

In other words, Toyota can compete with some of the fastest supercars in the world ... with what used to be a 5,800-lb (2,630-kg), eight-seat 4x4.

Starwood Motors unleashes a brood of bandits

The Jeep Wrangler won the "Hottest 4x4-SUV" at SEMA for the seventh consecutive year, so it seems only fitting that we include a Wrangler tune. Jeep and Mopar had a couple of strong efforts, with the all-new CJ66 and a couple of reruns from Easter Jeep Safari, but since we covered those already, we thought we'd choose something we haven't looked at.

Starwood Motors Jeep Wrangler Bandit conversion at Lund International
Starwood Motors Jeep Wrangler Bandit conversion at Lund International

Starwood Motors builds some of the meanest Jeep packages out there, and this Bandit displayed at Lund International's booth is as cool as any of them. For the Bandit package, Starwood stretches the Wrangler Unlimited by close to 30 in (762 mm) and reinforces the frame before slapping a pickup bed on back. It certainly looks like a fun way to veer off pavement into something rougher.

In addition to that Bandit, Starwood had multiple other custom Jeeps floating around the show, including the all-new Momo Bandit. The Momo has the pickup bed, along with Sprintex supercharging, an AEV heat reduction hood and Starwood's Kevlar liner.

The Starwood Motors Momo Bandit, one of several Starwood Jeeps at SEMA
The Starwood Motors Momo Bandit, one of several Starwood Jeeps at SEMA

"The MOMO Bandit conversion is a project we have worked incredibly hard on," said Starwood's Scott Wilde in a press release. "With Jeep hinting at the possibility of releasing a pickup truck, Starwood wanted to showcase their take on what a Jeep truck would look like, tricked out of course."

Be sure to see the rest of the truck and 4x4 action in our SEMA 2016 photo gallery.

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