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Gallery: Trucks go BIG, bold, bright and bonkers at SEMA 2018

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Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
RBP Forged wheels
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RBP Forged wheels
Kia seems quite eager to sell its new full-size Telluride SUV as a rugged, ready-for anything utility vehicle; the model will debut in full next year
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Kia seems quite eager to sell its new full-size Telluride SUV as a rugged, ready-for anything utility vehicle; the model will debut in full next year
Ram Rebel on show at SEMA 2018
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Ram Rebel on show at SEMA 2018
The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari-debuted Jeepster makes an appearance at SEMA 
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The 2018 Easter Jeep Safari-debuted Jeepster makes an appearance at SEMA 
Another Easter Jeep Safari creation, the Jeep Nacho is a Wrangler Rubicon with a variety of Mopar components
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Another Easter Jeep Safari creation, the Jeep Nacho is a Wrangler Rubicon with a variety of Mopar components
Specially modified toy haulers are always fun to see at SEMA
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Specially modified toy haulers are always fun to see at SEMA
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
It's not uncommon to see trucks and 4x4s loaded with bikes, kayaks, surfboards and skis, but skateboards are a little unexpected - we guess because you can carry them pretty easily in the back
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It's not uncommon to see trucks and 4x4s loaded with bikes, kayaks, surfboards and skis, but skateboards are a little unexpected - we guess because you can carry them pretty easily in the back
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
This surfy, pop-top Ford Transit Connect camper van was built by Ursa Minor, which also specializes in Jeep Wrangler pop-tops 
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This surfy, pop-top Ford Transit Connect camper van was built by Ursa Minor, which also specializes in Jeep Wrangler pop-tops 
Vehicles of SEMA 2018
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Vehicles of SEMA 2018
The trucks of SEMA tend to scrape the sky or the ground
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The trucks of SEMA tend to scrape the sky or the ground
More pickup toy-hauling fun at SEMA 2018
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More pickup toy-hauling fun at SEMA 2018
We saw a few vehicles from the Hoonigan fleet in our SEMA cars gallery, and here's a Ford truck for good measure
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We saw a few vehicles from the Hoonigan fleet in our SEMA cars gallery, and here's a Ford truck for good measure
Rezvani Tank on show at SEMA 2018
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Rezvani Tank on show at SEMA 2018
The Baja Boss
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The Baja Boss
Full-blown monster truck at SEMA
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Full-blown monster truck at SEMA
Another full-on monster truck build
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Another full-on monster truck build
A roomy truck camper on show
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A roomy truck camper on show
This larger-than-life "Big Willy" is a 1.65:1 fully functional model of a 1942 Willys MB
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This larger-than-life "Big Willy" is a 1.65:1 fully functional model of a 1942 Willys MB
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Ford used SEMA to show a number of concepts built on the all-new Ranger
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Ford used SEMA to show a number of concepts built on the all-new Ranger
A rough but cool low rider
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A rough but cool low rider
The Mahindra Roxor on show at SEMA
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The Mahindra Roxor on show at SEMA
Ford definitely didn't stop at Rangers; the small army of tuned vehicles it brought included this Gen-2 Full-Race Motorsports ‘Freak-O-Boost' 2018 F-150 XLT Sport 4x4 Super Cab
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Ford definitely didn't stop at Rangers; the small army of tuned vehicles it brought included this Gen-2 Full-Race Motorsports ‘Freak-O-Boost' 2018 F-150 XLT Sport 4x4 Super Cab
Tucci Hot Rods Big Adventures Ford EcoSport
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Tucci Hot Rods Big Adventures Ford EcoSport
The Hulst Customs 2018 Destination Expedition is ready for winter
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The Hulst Customs 2018 Destination Expedition is ready for winter
This big, heavy duty classic Power Wagon with treads seems like the logical conclusion to the treaded concept truck/SUV trend - but we don't necessarily think it will be
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This big, heavy duty classic Power Wagon with treads seems like the logical conclusion to the treaded concept truck/SUV trend - but we don't necessarily think it will be
Factory Five Racing at SEMA 2018
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Factory Five Racing at SEMA 2018
Hot Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary this year by holding a nationwide builder contest, inviting the winners from each city to SEMA. This Miami winner is called "Midieval 1"
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Hot Wheels celebrated its 50th anniversary this year by holding a nationwide builder contest, inviting the winners from each city to SEMA. This Miami winner is called "Midieval 1"
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
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Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Another Hot Wheels contestant, this 1938 Dodge Superior Bus won in Kansas City 
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Another Hot Wheels contestant, this 1938 Dodge Superior Bus won in Kansas City 
Mahindra Roxor on show at SEMA 2018
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Mahindra Roxor on show at SEMA 2018
SEMA 2018
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SEMA 2018
Toyota Land Cruiser 
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Toyota Land Cruiser 
Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
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Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
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Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
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Volkswagen Splitty pickup at SEMA 2018
Outside Van shows one of its adventure vans
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Outside Van shows one of its adventure vans
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
"Big Willy" all lit up
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"Big Willy" all lit up
ExpeditionSEMA 1970 Toyota FJ-40
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ExpeditionSEMA 1970 Toyota FJ-40
The Nissan Paws One Titan was created to rescue animals in natural disasters and will be put into action next year
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The Nissan Paws One Titan was created to rescue animals in natural disasters and will be put into action next year
Nissan continues showing the Titan's search-and-rescue toughness with the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Service Titan, a mobile response unit built to serve with American Red Cross in South Florida
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Nissan continues showing the Titan's search-and-rescue toughness with the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Service Titan, a mobile response unit built to serve with American Red Cross in South Florida
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
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Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
TIS Forged Wheels at SEMA 2018
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TIS Forged Wheels at SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Honda brings together the worlds of powersports and trucks with its Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept 
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Honda brings together the worlds of powersports and trucks with its Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept 
Honda's Rugged Open Air Vehicle is a mashup of side-by-side and pickup truck
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Honda's Rugged Open Air Vehicle is a mashup of side-by-side and pickup truck
Some trucks look better without a wash-n-wax - the Pilot Rebelle Rally is definitely one of them
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Some trucks look better without a wash-n-wax - the Pilot Rebelle Rally is definitely one of them
Kia puts the spotlight on the all-new Telluride with a series of ruggedized SEMA concepts
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Kia puts the spotlight on the all-new Telluride with a series of ruggedized SEMA concepts
Trucks of SEMA 2018
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Trucks of SEMA 2018
Cliffride Icelander - a serious adventure van
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Cliffride Icelander - a serious adventure van
Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
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Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip
The 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew-based Project Nightfall is designed to combine off-road ruggedness with urban style and comfort
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The 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4x4 SuperCrew-based Project Nightfall is designed to combine off-road ruggedness with urban style and comfort
Addictive Desert Designs 2019 Xbox Ranger
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Addictive Desert Designs 2019 Xbox Ranger
The 2019 Xbox Ranger was inspired by video games and includes a rear-seat dual-Xbox gaming system inside
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The 2019 Xbox Ranger was inspired by video games and includes a rear-seat dual-Xbox gaming system inside
The Airdesign USA Ranger is another dual-personality off-road/urban adventurer
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The Airdesign USA Ranger is another dual-personality off-road/urban adventurer
BDS Suspension and Ford created the Project Ranger X as an ultimate backcountry adventurer
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BDS Suspension and Ford created the Project Ranger X as an ultimate backcountry adventurer
Whether working or playing, the Project X helps you get it done with its unique bed storage area and off-road-specific upgrading
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Whether working or playing, the Project X helps you get it done with its unique bed storage area and off-road-specific upgrading
The Ford Performance Ranger Pre-Runner is loaded with off-road modifications, including an electronic locking rear diff, Fox/BDS 3-in leveling kit with off-road shocks and BFG KO2 tires
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The Ford Performance Ranger Pre-Runner is loaded with off-road modifications, including an electronic locking rear diff, Fox/BDS 3-in leveling kit with off-road shocks and BFG KO2 tires
The Ranger Base Camp is built for overlanding and backcountry camping
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The Ranger Base Camp is built for overlanding and backcountry camping
The Ranger Base camp includes a snorkel, winch, Fox/BDS suspension upgrade, Yakima SkyRise roof-top tent and more
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The Ranger Base camp includes a snorkel, winch, Fox/BDS suspension upgrade, Yakima SkyRise roof-top tent and more
The Baja-forged Ranger is inspired by Baja racing and the military
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The Baja-forged Ranger is inspired by Baja racing and the military
Kia shows several ruggedized looks for its soon-to-be-released Telluride
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Kia shows several ruggedized looks for its soon-to-be-released Telluride
The Ultimate Service Titan started as a Titan XD Diesel Midnight Edition Crew Cab before conversion
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The Ultimate Service Titan started as a Titan XD Diesel Midnight Edition Crew Cab before conversion
The slide-out kitchen and interior microwave allow responders to prepare meals for victims and transport blood in the fridge
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The slide-out kitchen and interior microwave allow responders to prepare meals for victims and transport blood in the fridge
The Ultimate Service Titan benefits from its camping trailer construction with a desk/table that can be used for meetings/planning before converting into a bed for tending to victims
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The Ultimate Service Titan benefits from its camping trailer construction with a desk/table that can be used for meetings/planning before converting into a bed for tending to victims
Nissan dropped a rugged Conqueror trailer on the back of its Titan, creating a one-of-a-kind emergency support vehicle
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Nissan dropped a rugged Conqueror trailer on the back of its Titan, creating a one-of-a-kind emergency support vehicle
A full breakdown of the Nissan Ultimate Service Titan
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A full breakdown of the Nissan Ultimate Service Titan
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Each year, the SEMA Show creates a nice, clean split of insane, otherworldly vehicles. We looked at the 2018 cars of the show last week, and this week we dive into the trucks, utility vehicles, vans and basically anything that looks big, boxy and tough. That group includes the usual mile-high semi-monster trucks and gaudy Wranglers along with some different twists, like Iceland-ready adventure vans, UTV/pickup truck half-and-halfs, and super-sized classic military jeeps.

The Ford Ranger shows its range

Ford began production of the all-new Ranger about a week before SEMA, so it's no surprise that a big part of its always-large presence at the show was dedicated to its new-generation mid-size truck. It showed seven Ranger concepts in all, pulling inspiration from everything from backcountry camping, to Baja pre-running, to video games.

BDS Suspension and Ford created the Project Ranger X as an ultimate backcountry adventurer
BDS Suspension and Ford created the Project Ranger X as an ultimate backcountry adventurer

Our favorite Ranger of the bunch – the Project Ranger X – is designed to work, play and explore in the backcountry. Above its 6-in (152 mm) BDS Suspension-lifted chassis, the modded pickup has a custom long-bed conversion topped by a Knapheide utility box with custom rack for carrying tools, supplies and recovery gear. That system doesn't fill the entire bed with cabinets, leaving room for the dirt bike that Ford slid in for effect. Other upgrades include LED off-road lighting, a WARN front bumper with winch, a Dometic electric cooler and underbody skid plates.

To hell you ride ... with Kia

Despite giving the Telluride full-size SUV a weird debut at New York Fashion Week, Kia seems quite determined to ensure that people think of it as a legitimate off-road adventure vehicle, not just a soccer team-hauler. Toward that end, the Texas-inspired Fashion Week show Telluride was accompanied at SEMA by a series of ruggedized concepts.

Kia shows several ruggedized looks for its soon-to-be-released Telluride
Kia shows several ruggedized looks for its soon-to-be-released Telluride

Ordinarily we'd choose one specific concept to look at, but these four Tellurides are much the same, save for different paint jobs and accessory sets. More substantively, they rely on the same KW Motorsports suspension makeover with 3-in (76-mm) widened front and rear tracks and an extra 2 in (50-mm) of travel up front, 1.5 in (38-cm) out back. They proved more than just SEMA show trucks, as Kia sponsored a large off-road Torque Track, giving visitors the chance to buckle up in the passenger seat and experience the beefed-up Tellurides on dirt trail, jumps, climbs and water crossings.

Kia seems quite eager to sell its new full-size Telluride SUV as a rugged, ready-for anything utility vehicle; the model will debut in full next year
Kia seems quite eager to sell its new full-size Telluride SUV as a rugged, ready-for anything utility vehicle; the model will debut in full next year

Kia's having some fun with Telluride show cars for now, but it will get back to business early next year when it debuts the official production Telluride at the North American International Auto Show in January, before getting it to market in the first half of 2019.

Nissan helps Red Cross turn compassion into action

For a while now, Nissan has been all about showcasing the Titan's rugged, outdoorsy nature with builds like the Surfcamp and Project Basecamp. The new Ultimate Service Titan looks at first like it was born to that same family of camper trucks, appearing like a Titan with a rugged off-road trailer body bolted to its bare-back chassis. And that's half right. It's not a camper or overland truck, but it does in fact use a well-known off-road trailer in its construction. Nissan adapted the ultra-rugged, pop-top Conqueror UEV-490 Extreme trailer for the build, turning the truck into a functional mobile response headquarters complete with slide-out kitchen, solar power system, desk, bed and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Ultimate Service Titan started as a Titan XD Diesel Midnight Edition Crew Cab before conversion
The Ultimate Service Titan started as a Titan XD Diesel Midnight Edition Crew Cab before conversion

The one-of-a-kind Ultimate Service Titan was built for the American Red Cross, designed to work in disaster and emergency response. When it needs to brave harsh, post-disaster conditions, upgrades like the Icon lift kit, adjustable-height coil-over shocks, body armor and WARN winch are there to help it muscle through. Nissan first revealed the new Titan at the Miami Auto Show earlier this month before donating it to the American Red Cross in South Florida and giving it another showing at SEMA.

Nissan continues showing the Titan's search-and-rescue toughness with the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Service Titan, a mobile response unit built to serve with American Red Cross in South Florida
Nissan continues showing the Titan's search-and-rescue toughness with the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Service Titan, a mobile response unit built to serve with American Red Cross in South Florida

Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg. SEMA had many more trucks, 4x4s, vans, buses and more. Jump to our SEMA 2018 truck gallery to check 'em all out.

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