2017 SEMA Show: What to Expect

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As the fall colors hit their peak and automakers try to outperform each other, we'll be at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. The trade show, which is not open to the public, allows some of the most creative automotive engineers and designers on the planet to show off their latest projects for some of the most passionate auto enthusiasts on the planet.

Among those projects will be pickups trucks.

From what we've heard, this will be one of the biggest auto industry trade shows to date with more display vehicles than ever before inside and outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. We know all the big pickup makers will have eye-grabbing monster trucks as well as real-world, lightly modified models on display. Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, Nissan and Toyota may have a few secrets to reveal.

Without giving too much away, some manufacturers have sent us teaser images to give us a taste of what they'll have on hand. If these images and rumors are any indication about what we can expect to see, next week should be interesting and informative. We'll also be on the lookout for practical, problem-solving new products, another highlight of the SEMA show.

We know there will be at least one wide-body Ford Raptor, several custom-restored modified pickups, several excessively lifted Ford Super Dutys, performance trucks with supercharged V-8s, a modified International Harvester Loadstar with a Hellcat engine and more. That doesn't count the special one-off custom vehicles from the likes of Ford, Chevy and Ram, or from the custom truck designers such as Chip Foose or Tommy Pike.

Stay tuned for more stories and videos coming from the show floor. We'll even try to do a few Facebook Live videos, so keep checking our Facebook page. And if you want to watch a reveal yourself in real time, Mopar will be offering anyone with a web connection a chance to watch its press conference at 7:26 p.m. Eastern Oct. 31. Click here when the time is right. 

Editor's note: This post was updated Oct. 30 to correct the time of the Mopar press conference.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears


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I'm sure the show will be dominated by heavy duty pickups with cheap 8" lifts and 22" rims with rubber bands for tires. SEMA is 99% tacky garbage.

I heard that the Sema attracts more gay's then any other car show.

SEMA is for 10 year olds and Ford owners, WEAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cool looking trucks! I like all three bottom pics with one exception. Ford really needs to get rid of those BIGASS letters on the front, just ruins it for me. A regular size badge would suffice. The rest of the truk looks great.

SEMA is a great show. Any haters are just mad they can’t go, can’t afford to do anything to their own vehicles. Stop being bitches about it.

We CAN afford to do stuff to our trucks, it just doesn't involve poorly engineered lifts or deep dish 22"s with skinny low profile mud tires. Like mstangt said, the show is polluted with tacky junk and bad ideas.

I'm happy I don't waste my money going to worthless stupid events like this.

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