Each year several automakers trek to Las Vegas with a car hauler full of creative concepts hoping to outdo the others on the show floor at SEMA, and Ford plans to make a play for top honors featuring a slew of specialized entries this year.
The company is highlighting eight versions of their Ford Escape, Explorer or Expedition with some set up to go fast and others set up to go where others dare to tread. The company will actually have 50 customized vehicles on display next month.
“There’s a growing hunger for consumers to personalize their SUVs, which have a huge range of possibilities from lowered street rides to off-road overlanding,” said Eric Cin, global director, Ford vehicle personalization and accessories.
“As the latest versions of Escape and Explorer continue to provide buyers with even more options for what they want, the aftermarket is a great place to see just how much more there is out there.”
The Ford display is the largest original equipment manufacturer exhibit at this year’s SEMA show. Additionally, the automaker is bringing back its Ford Out Front, an interactive experience “for those looking to take a thrill ride
in a Ford Performance vehicle,” the company noted. This year’s vehicles include:
LGE-CTS Motorsports Urban Ford Escape: This 2020 Escape can be used to run errands around town and just as easily scream along dirt roads finding Baja-style. Produced by LGE-CTS Motorsports, this customized Escape features an aggressive stance achieved with Eibach performance lowering springs combined with 20-inch TSW Petrol P6A wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport tires.
A custom Borla cat-back exhaust and Power Commander throttle control system give the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine create that off-road racing sound that suits the ute. Roof rack crossbars by Ford Accessories paired with Yakima mounts make this nimble Escape an adventure seeker’s dream. With a Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery custom leather interior and accessories for life audio products by Scosche, outdoor enthusiasts will be bathed in luxury while traveling to their adventure.
Air Design USA Ford Escape Sport Hybrid: With a two-tone white and black Sherwin-Williams paint job, applied by Faith Quality Auto Body, perfectly accented by custom 20-inch Forgiato Flow 001 wheels donning Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires this hybrid is hard to miss. The paint job is accented with rugged black fender flares by Air Design plus door rocker moldings and silver skid plates make for a cohesive design that looks as good as it performs. The interior keeps the utility in this sport utility vehicle with a Ford Accessories cargo organizer, cargo mat and floor liners. A portable refrigerator by Indel B ensures plenty of beverages and food will always be available.
MAD Industries Ford Escape: Equipped to haul the stuff needed for just about any outdoor fun, this creation looks good while doing it sporting 21-inch Rotiform OZR wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires combined with Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs. Custom BASF RM paint, Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars and Yakima bike carrier round out the exterior treatment. Making sure you’re comfortable and properly entertained isn’t a problem thanks to a Miko ultra-suede headliner, custom trim in matte gray and a kicking Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Blood Type Racing Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid: Blood Type Racing ensures this hyb
rid ute retains its off-road ability with a half-inch suspension leveling kit plus Ford Performance skid plate paired with 20-inch Ace Alloy AFF09 black chrome wheels wrapped in Toyo Tires Open Country A/T II. A Borla cat-back exhaust with black chrome tips, along with a slew of other black accents by Lacks Trim Systems, brings a clean look and a distinct sound to Ford’s 3.3-liter hybrid V6 engine. Rounding out the black chrome look is a host of additional pieces.mA Yakima carrier mounted to Ford Accessories roof rack crossbars allows for a variety of equipment to be carried while on the inside a Ford play rear seat entertainment system by Voxx provides entertainment.
CGS Performance Products Ford Explorer ST: This 2020 Ford Explorer ST gets a performance bump from a custom cat-back exhaust by Borla boasting carbon fiber tips, while massive 24-inch Savini wheels clad in Pirelli P-Zero rubber add to the look set up by a sleek gray paint job by Sikkens with red accents along the roofline and side skirts complete its performance looks. A custom interior by Alea Leather, on par with the bold exterior treatment, provides occupants with a lavish experience.
Prefix Ford Explorer: This racetrack support vehicle serves as a tribute to the men and women who work behind the scenes on the safety and support side of motorsports. It looks track-ready with a lowered suspension, Ford Performance skid plate and 20-inch GWG wheels with Michelin tires. A Whelen emergency siren/signal system, Ford Per
formance recovery kit, plus Ford Accessories first-aid and roadside assistance kit by DC Safety properly equip this SUV to carry out its duties throughout the 2020 Trans Am race season.
Good Boy Daisy LifeStyle Ford Expedition Limited MAX: This 2019 Expedition is basically a go-anywhere tour bus with the ability to livestream in-car musical performances from all over the country. With an interior swathed in Nappa leather by Alea Leather, the interior luxury is matched by the power of the Whipple EcoBoost Stage 1 induction kit and Borla’s touring exhaust. A flush bumper-mounted lightbar by Rigid ensures they’ll be able to see where they’re going, no matter what the venue. A custom paint scheme by Relic Works and 24-inch Forgiato wheels completes the look. The exploits of whomever is on the “bus” will be captured by Zoom Q8 cameras and Sennheiser mics, and a QSC TouchMix 8 digital mixer allows them to record and share their exploits with the whole world.
MAD Industries Ford Expedition Stealth: This weekend adventurer is powered by a Whipple EcoBoost air induction system and mated to an Icon Dynamics Stage 2 coilover suspension. Fuel Forged FF-45 22-inch monoblock wheels with Nitto Ridge Grappler tires provide style for the city while keeping traction in the dirt. PowerStop Z36 high-performance rotors and ceramic formula extreme brake pads makes stopping quickly a certainty. An Adapt 50-inch lightbar by Rigid and SR-L series spreader white halos light the way to the great outdoors regardless of conditions, while a Yakima SkyRise rooftop tent makes setting up camp easy and comfortable.