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Trending Now! 2019 SEMA Show Edition

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Nov 21, 2019
Nissan Brings Frontier Desert Runner and Titan Dually Concepts to SEMA 2019
In a surprising and unusual turn, Nissan brought a highly customized, outgoing-year Titan XD Dually Project to the 2019 SEMA Show, one powered by the 5.0L Cummins turbodiesel V-8 that's being axed once the 2020 Titan XD arrives at dealers. All that begs the question: Is this the ultimate Titan XD work vehicle, one that could have saved the Cummins from being discontinued?
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The Titan XD Dually Project features a highly customized rear axle (with an OEM locking differential) and front hub adapters, both of which were supplied by Z1 Off-Road. Z1 also provided the custom bed and cab lights and rear leaf spring relocation. Kit car savant Chuck Beck handled the custom bodywork for the cargo box, and we're very impressed with how it turned out. Instead of plain box flares or radius'd wheel arch extensions, the cargo box's wide hips follow the basic styling of the Titan XD very well. For example, the flares echo the rearward-canted bodyline between the box and the cab very nicely, and they flow smoothly into the taillights.
Also at SEMA was the Frontier Desert Runner, but it's definitely not the similarly named off-road package for the midsize truck that you're thinking of. The teams at Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports (Glen Arm, Maryland) worked together to create this legit Nissan Frontier King Cab Desert Runner prerunner, complete with a turbocharged 5.6L V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmission.
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The front suspension is a BTF Fabrication long-travel kit with 10-inch-travel 2.5-inch Triple Bypass front coilover shocks. The rear features Giant Motorsports 64-inch Link Killer leaf springs with 16-inch-travel 3.5-inch Triple Bypass rear shocks and 2x3-inch rear bumpstops. Rolling attire consists of Fifteen52 17-inchTurboMac HD wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires. Fiberworx Pre Runner front fenders and rear bedsides, plenty of Rigid Industries lighting, and a body wrap by Speed Designs round out the basics of the exterior.
Jay Leno Shows Off His Supercharged 1968 Ford Bronco
Ford decided to kick things up a notch with a restomod owned by none other than Jay Leno. The comedian and car personality revealed his 1968 Ford Bronco, assembled by LGE-CTS and powered by the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500's supercharged 5.2L V-8, at the Blue Oval booth at the 2019 SEMA Show.
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The Bronco doesn't necessarily follow other restomod builds by being ultramodern. Instead, it relies on reproduction body panels and vintage-styled 18-inch "John R" Detroit Steel Wheels. Wrapped in BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires with a relatively tall, skinny profile, the rolling stock looks great under the Bronco's clean, Tonight Blue and white bodywork. A custom, 3D-printed grille almost looks stock, revealing a subtly sleek new profile when you get close, and red Ford lettering adds a little extra punch.
The supercharged V-8, which makes 760 hp in the Mustang GT500, is (hopefully) kept in check by the coilover-prepped Kincer Adventure Series Chassis, Fox 2.0 suspension kit, and Wilwood disc brakes. A Tremec five-speed manual and Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case keep things analog, and we love it.
Ford Reveals Bronco R Desert Race Truck
A day before the official opening of the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Ford released a race truck version of the new 2021 Bronco. The Bronco R prototype is a full race truck built by Geiser Brothers in Arizona. The body is a sneak peek of what we could see on the production model to be released in spring 2020. The vehicle was built in complete secrecy and has features that will be found on the upcoming production model. The truck will be campaigned by Cameron Steele's Desert Assassins race team at the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000.
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The Bronco R Prototype has Fox 3.0 coilover shocks on the front with 4-inch bypass shocks in the rear. This same shock package is found on the 2019 Ford Raptor. The truck has 37-inch BF Goodrich tires on Method Wheels. Braking power is provided by Brembo brakes. Fifteen LED lightbars from Rigid will light the way when the sun goes down in Baja.
GM Defense Shows Off Colorado ZR2-Based ISV
General Motors brought a unique machine to the 2019 SEMA Show, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) prototype. GM was awarded $1 million to create development mules for the ISV—alongside Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC, and SAIC and Polaris—for consideration for a U.S. Army production contract next year.
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Stripped-down bodywork and an ATV-like interior meet the ISV program's minimum requirements: nine passengers and all their gear, provided by a unique superstructure that shares virtually nothing with the production Colorado pickup. However, the truck donates much of its platform and powertrain to the ISV, which is powered by a 2.8L turbodiesel I-4. GM claims the ISV features 70 percent production or off-the-shelf parts, helping control costs.
The U.S. Army's ISV must be light enough to be sling-loaded onto a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, small enough to fit in the cargo area of a CH-47 Chinook heli, and capable of highway and off-road travel. The GM ISV and its competition will be evaluated by actual servicemen, who will provide feedback that will help the Army select one of the candidates for production in the second quarter of 2020.
Chevrolet E-10 Hot Rod EV Electrifies a Classic 1962 C-10
The 2019 SEMA Show isn't just about gas- and diesel-burning vehicles anymore—and the 1962 Chevrolet E-10 concept is proof of that.
The all-electric hot rod is based on a C-10 pickup, boasting 450 hp and plenty of instant-on torque courtesy of two Chevrolet Performance eCrate concept electric motors. The eCrate is similar to the propulsion unit found in the critically acclaimed Chevrolet Bolt EV, so we expect the motor to make the jump from concept to production soon. One cool feature? The EV motors are joined at the middle and canted outward, mimicking the shape of a gasoline V-8.
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Unusually for an EV, the Chevrolet E-10 also boasts a four-speed SuperMatic 4L75-E automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Powering the drive unit is a pair of the Bolt's production battery packs and electronics packages, each providing 60 kWh of energy. The batteries are found in the bed under a hard-shelled, side-opening tonneau cover, giving the E-10 smooth and clean styling.
Mopar Lowliner Concept Boasts Cummins I-6 and Bagged Suspension
The truck you see here started out life as a humble 1968 Dodge D200 Camper Special, but as you can see, it's received a second life as the Mopar Lowliner Concept. (Don't get excited. In spite of the "concept" in its name, there's no chance this thing will ever see production.)
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Painted in production-spec Delmonico Red—though with a non-production candy clearcoat—and Dairy Cream accents, the Lowliner recalls a classic, high-dollar hot rod build of the 1960s. The frame is fully boxed, the wheelbase was lengthened, and the truck is lowered on an air suspension for a dramatic appearance. A Cummins 5.9L I-6 and six-speed manual transmission provide motive force.
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The Mopar Lowliner also features a number of vintage-inspired accents, such as 22-inch smoothie wheels, Dodge's unique "fratzog" emblem emblazoned everywhere, and the actual original steering wheel.
Infiniti to Build Production-Ready "Gas-Generated EV"
The future of Infiniti is electrified, but according to the company, that won't necessarily require a plug or a charging network. In addition to full EVs like the QX Inspiration pictured here, Infiniti will also build vehicles with gasoline generators onboard. The gasoline engine is there only to charge a small battery, which powers one or more electric motors mounted to the drive axles. The internal-combustion engine doesn't provide any motive force to the vehicle.
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The principle is similar to that of the BMW i3 REx, which features a small two-cylinder engine that helps keep the battery charged. Unlike Bimmer's solution, the Infiniti won't be a plug-in at all, running only on the electricity yielded from the internal-combustion engine. Using gasoline to generate electricity seems like a lateral move, but Infiniti says this is a natural way to move toward electrification since as long as you have access to a gas station, you can drive your EV. Still, we wish the company would consider including a plug-in charger to provide for at least a small amount of emissions-free motoring (at least as far as the tailpipe is concerned).
Ram Rebel TRX Officially on the Way
As stated by a recent press release, the Ram Rebel TRX has been approved for production, possibly in time for the 2021 model year. The Rebel TRX will be the highest-performance version of the Ram 1500 family, almost certainly powered by a 575hp version of the 6.2L supercharged Hemi V-8 found under the hood of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
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First shown as a concept at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, the Rebel TRX boasted an additional 6 inches of track width, custom-built coilovers with 13 inches of travel, and 37-inch tires. The net result was a vehicle that looked as aggressive as it performed, thanks in part to its blown V-8's 575 horses.