- F-150 Lightning ‘Swiss Army Knife’
- Bronco ‘Extreme Beach/Extreme Sports Support’
- Bronco Sport ‘Off-Road Heritage’
- Bronco ‘Service Unit Vehicle’
- Bronco ‘Off-Roading Performance’
- Mustang Mach-E ‘True Mustang Persona’
- F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid ‘Remote Off-Roading’
- F-150 Lightning ‘Race Support’
- Maverick ‘Street Truck’
- Transit ‘Digital Nomad’
- Ford attended SEMA 2022 with a slew of off-road special builds, including a number of EVs, a Maverick ‘Street Truck’, and an overlander Transit van
- Three Broncos, the brand’s most accessorized nameplate, were displayed
- The F-150 Lightning was also modified for multiple purposes as a race support vehicle and a ‘Swiss Army Knife’
Every year, players within the automotive industry head to Las Vegas to gather together and show off all the meaningful upgrades, accessories, innovations, and inventions they’ve been working on. Basically, the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, or SEMA, is like a car show, but for car stuff and services.
The accessory business is growing at Ford. According to the brand, accessories’ sales are up 40 per cent from two years ago, with a third of them being made after purchase either online or at the dealer. Makes sense, then, that the brand would take the opportunity at the Las Vegas Convention Center to demonstrate the customizability of 10 of its most popular nameplates, joining forces with a number of aftermarket builders to create some unique rides. Here’s what they brought to the show.
F-150 Lightning ‘Swiss Army Knife’
The Ford F-150 Lightning ‘Swiss Army Knife’ at SEMA 2022 Photo by Ford
Tjin Edition kitted out this 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum SuperCrew 4X4 with an extended battery range to be an ultimate tailgating machine. It’s got cargo boxes, roof bars, an awning, and a bike rack from Thule with two e-bikes attached, plus a bunch of add-ons from Ford. There’s a portable air compressor kit, dash cam, refrigerator, and Recaro custom seats inside, and a power tonneau cover, roof rack basket, solar charging, red tow hooks, added exterior lighting on the roof and under body, and an Army Green paint finish outside.
Bronco ‘Extreme Beach/Extreme Sports Support’
The Bronco Extreme Beach Support at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
It might not be able to help you actually catch the fish, but the Extreme Beach Bronco by Warn Industries will certainly get you to the river and back in style. Built on a 2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrak 4-Door, the Extreme build features a 270-degree awning, rod box, tailgate table, portable mini fridge, roof-mounted lightbar, carriers for a bike and kayak, Dana D60 axle with 5.38 gearing, and a winch and wheels from Warn.
Bronco Sport ‘Off-Road Heritage’
The Ford Bronco Sport Off-Roading Heritage at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
Yakima and Hypertech built this Badlands Bronco for those who want to go off-road and stay there. The ‘Ultimate Base Camp vehicle’ includes an off-road recovery kit, a jump starter, a portable air compressor, a fridge/freezer, Borla exhaust with black chrome tips, a bunch of added external lights to illuminate tricky terrain, and Bronco Sport Heritage emblems over the custom vinyl wrap to provide a quick nod to the nameplate’s off-roading origins.
Bronco ‘Service Unit Vehicle’
The Ford Bronco Service Unit Vehicle at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
This Bronco “Service Unit Vehicle” (or S.U.V.) by ARB 4X4 Accessories pays homage to the sturdy and capable emergency response vehicles of the 1900s. It’s not entirely clear where the stretcher goes, but the modified V6 Bronco Wildtrak should make it to the rescue point with its onboard air compressor, light bar, mirror-mounted lights, winch, tube doors, and jack mount. The red crosses and “Rapid Medical Aid” decals on its sides also make it crystal clear to any onlooking wildlife that there may be a medical emergency somewhere in the forest or meadow.
Bronco ‘Off-Roading Performance’
The Bronco Off-Roading Performance at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network is marking its 10th year with this Off-Roading Performance Bronco based on a 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak 4-Door, which was designed and built by over 250 women, including five mother-daughter teams. It’s another off-roading Bronco – fitting, as the Bronco is the brand’s most accessorized vehicle – this time with 4.70 gearing at both axles and special tuning by Ford, a two-person tent, a fridge/freezer, custom leather seats, and a Warn winch and ARB jack.
Mustang Mach-E ‘True Mustang Persona’
The Mustang Mach-E True Mustang Persona at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
Ford brought just one Mustang product to the show this year: a Mach-E GT customized by Dom Tucci Design of Tucci Hot Rods and Kay Automotive Graphics to appear more akin to its sedan brethren. Did it work? Yeah, sorta.
The SUV was widened, fit with a custom spoiler, vacuum-formed transparent wheel covers, a 3D-printed front lip and flares, and a bunch of custom graphics. Inside there’s Recaro seats with racing harnesses, custom-painted accents, and a 140-degree Ford dashcam. It may not be the ‘truest’ Mustang, but it fits the persona.
F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid ‘Remote Off-Roading’
The F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid Remote Off-Roading at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
Ford knows there are scores of people heading into the back country with an F-150 box full of toys every weekend, so it brought a F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid done up by BDS Suspension to support just that kind of activity. The Remote Off-Roading F-150 sits high on Fox dampers and 20-inch wheels, with a cold-air intake and Borla exhaust aiding the twin-turbo V6 engine. Should the back country turn on it, the truck also has 7.2kW Pro Power Onboard, recovery and first aid kits, an air compressor, and a console vault.
F-150 Lightning ‘Race Support’
The Ford F-150 Lightning Race Support at the SEMA 2022 Show Photo by Ford
For the motorsport fans, Real Truck and Motor City Solutions made a Ford F-150 Lightning XLT into a off-road Baja race support vehicle, complete with a more-substantial 131-kWh battery, a mobile toolbox with welding gear, a retractable tonneau cover, portable air compressor, a custom underbody skid plate, and off-road tires on 18-inch wheels. Pro Onboard Power also allows the vehicle to function as an off-road workstation and charging point for whatever other racing gear.
Maverick ‘Street Truck’
The 2022 Ford Maverick Street Truck at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
The LEER Group put its touches on a 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid SuperCrew with the smaller 2.0L hybrid engine to turn it into a modern work truck “for hobbyists and professionals alike who pride themselves on being able to do anything, anywhere.”
Shown in a Carbonized Grey with a canopy and a yellow lightning bolt decal on its side, the Street Truck features a sliding and expandable work station in the bed, roof racks, solar panels to charge external devices, and sporty fender flares that frame the 20-inch Rotoform OZR wheels.
Transit ‘Digital Nomad’
The Ford Transit Digital Nomad at the 2022 SEMA Show Photo by Ford
Today’s wanderer could do a lot worse than this Ford Transit Digital Nomad by John Pangilinan. Built on a 2022 Ford Transit 350 XLT HR Cargo with all-wheel-drive and a 3.5L V6, the travel van includes a rooftop tent and Thule ladder to get up to it, a portable air compressor, a fridge/freezer, a slide-out kitchen, a 270-degree awning, custom interior paneling and upholstery, and swivelling Recaro seats. It too is ready for the backwoods with a number of exterior lights, a front skid plate, and a winch.