Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Photo by Ryan Lee Price

A few years ago, at the height of the Hollywood zombie craze, finding tricked out vehicles at a national auto show dressed to kill zombies was easy. Almost every manufacturer was in on the fad. They displayed everything from chainsaws on the hood to .50 cals mounted in the sunroof. All in the efforts to cash in on the crazy and attract people to their booths. Now that the fad has passed, scouring the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show for quality bug-out vehicles and appropriate survival gear yields better results.

At least we know the fuel cans in that pickup holds gas and not holy water, and we won’t find any Hyundai Elantras with cow-catchers bolted to their front apron. Sure, there are still some outlandish vehicles and some mundane gear, but most of it was the real deal.

Check out what we spied at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Karlmann King

Karlmann KingInspired by a Stealth fighter plane, this is the most expensive SUV in the world. It would make the perfect urban assault vehicle, if you’ve got to leave town in a “slow” hurry. Based on a simple F550 chassis, the design team added 13,230 pounds of bulletproof amenities. That drags this behemoth’s top speed to a paltry 87 mph. It’s been described as a galactic Sheikh’s personal space ship with a galactic price tag: $2.2 million. Only 12 will be made.

Rivian SUV Flashlight

Rivian SUV FlashlightIn case you’ve never heard of it, Rivian is a startup truck company. They want to make all-electric SUVs and pickups. At the show, they revealed its first two products, the R1T, an all-electric pickup truck starting at $61,500, and the R1S, a seven-seater electric SUV that starts at $65,000. Both R1T and R1S feature four electric motors—one per wheel—and varying levels of power and torque depending on the battery size. The truck and SUV are interesting but this small detail made all the difference. In the door armrest sits a small flashlight, charged by the car’s batteries and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

2019 Ford Ranger BaseCamp

2019 Ford Ranger BaseCampStarting from an FX4-equipped Ranger Lariat SuperCrew, this four-wheel-drive Ranger receives a Ford Performance differential cover, cat-back exhaust by Borla, and differential skidplate kit, as well as a Fox 3-inch leveling kit and BDS Suspension upper control arm kit. Ford Performance supplies the 17-inch wheels, wrapped in 285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.

Most obviously, the Ranger Base Camp comes outfitted with a Ford Accessories heavy-duty rack kit (supplied by Yakima and Outpost), equipped with a SkyRise rack-mounted tent, recovery tracks, a roof basket from Skinny Warrior, a Slim Shady awning, and heavy-duty hook straps and cleats.

Ford Ranger Bed Gear

Ford Ranger Bed Gear

With a host of equipment found on the Ranger BaseCamp, the Desert Runner Ranger featured a few goodies in the bed. The spray-on bedliner is always a plus, as are the E-series 40-inch light bar and D-series light pods on the chase rack. However, the Rotopax FuelpaX with the deluxe pack mount is handy.

Ford Performance Desert Runner Ranger—UnderCover

Ford Performance Desert Runner Ranger—UnderCoverIn the Desert Runner Ranger, Ford utilizes a pair of SwingCases from UnderCover. These bolt to the bed and can swing out over the tailgate as needed. As well, they tuck into place with a cutout for the wheel well.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Kia TellurideKia says is luxury SUV, Telluride, is several inches longer and wider than the Sorento. It’ll hold up to eight people. It features all-terrain tires, beefy bumpers, an intake snorkel, a roof rack, and a hatch-mounted spare tire. Front, rear, side and bottom skid plates means you could take this offroading easily. The $65K price tag means you might not want to.

2018 Los Angeles Auto Show Favorite: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler RubiconThis Jeep is always a favorite at the show. Removable doors, folding windscreen and rigid roll cage… there’s nothing surprising about one of America’s best bug-out vehicles. It’s just beautiful to look at.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

By looks alone, this crew cab is virtually identical to a four-door Wrangler Unlimited SUV and pickup bed attached. But underneath, it has its own midsize pickup chassis and 11.1 inches of ground clearance. It is meant to go basically anywhere.

Off-road capability and towing are Gladiator’s main selling points. Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar parts business will have hundreds of accessories ready when the Gladiator goes on sale in early 2019. It can wade through 30 inches of water, handle up to 1,600 pounds, and tow nearly 7,700 pounds.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Front End

2020 Jeep Gladiator Front EndUnmistakably Jeep, the Gladiator’s front end features a heavy duty bumper and light bar. There’s plenty of room for a winch and additional gear.

Subaru Forester Roof Rack

Subaru Forester Roof RackSure there’s nothing crazy fancy about a roof rack. That is until you need more storage as you are trying to escape impending doom. A roof rack will come in handy. This Thule Heavy-Duty Roof Cargo Basket has a low profile design. The tapered side walls allow for easy loading and unloading. It includes a black stretch net with hooks and custom fairing to help deflect wind. It’ll set you back about $400 though. Maybe you really don’t need all that stuff.

URB-E Foldable Electric Bikes

URB-E Foldable Electric BikesThese are foldable, lightweight electric vehicles you can take with you almost anywhere. They can be stored in the back of your BOV or kept at the shelter for quiet transportation. The Pro has quick acceleration and rubber tires for smooth riding. The handles are carbon fiber and it has integrated pushrod suspension. It goes for around $2 Grand. The top speed is 18mph and the range is 20 miles. The only difference between the Pro (red) and the Sport (black) models is the range and speed. Top speed for the Sport model is 14mph with a range of only 16 miles.

Rigid Lights

Rigid LightsRigid Industries made a lot of inroads for this year’s show. Shown on this customized Ford are its 20-inch Radiance light bar and a couple of D-series pods.

GMC Sierra Ski Vehicle

GMC Sierra Ski VehicleIf you’ve ever wanted to ski behind a soot-puffing Diesel truck, boy does GMC got you covered. They’ve converted this Sierra’s livery with a set of Mattracks 150 Series tracks, which can basically go over most anything (the truck has a six-inch lift kit too). The rubber tracks are 16-inches wide, and they are wrapped around a lightweight aluminum alloy frame. They’re rated for 12,500 pounds.

Volkswagen’s Get-Outta-Dodge Trike?

Volkswagen Get Outa Dodge Trike?We couldn’t figure out exactly what this thing is. Someone suggested it is an inner city delivery bike. While someone else said it could be an ice cream sales trike. We’d like to think it would make a great BOV. Imagine the survival gear you could fit in that trunk!

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Edition

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison EditionThis new trim package for the Colorado is the result of a collaboration between Chevy engineers and American Expedition Vehicles. They’re a longtime aftermarket off-road outfitter that has specialized in upgrading 4×4 Jeeps and Ram pickups. Among the ZR2 Bison’s more stylish and significant changes are a flow-through Chevrolet grille and larger fender flares. The new trim also will include 17-by-8-inch aluminum wheels with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires. Underneath will be five separate AEV skid plates created to protect the transmission, transfer case, oil pan, fuel tank, and the front and rear locking differentials. Other AEV customizing parts will also be avaialble, such as the pictured high-mounted air intake.

Yamaha Cross Connect Electric Bikes

Yamaha introduced their Cross Connect, an urban electric bike aimed at short-distance commuters. It’s PW Series SE center mount drive unit provides four levels of power assistance. And the multi-function display shows you everything from battery life to speed. There was no information on the lifespan of the 500Wh 36V battery.

Lexani EXTV Kalahari

Lexani EXTV KalahariThe rugged and purposeful look and feel of the Kalahari edition EXTV 4×4 Sprinters makes them great bug-out vehicles. On the outside, the Kalahari features LED lightbars, a Mad Max bull bar, 20-inch wheels wrapped in offroad tires, and a roof rack accessible via a ladder at the back. Inside, Lexani can equip it with an Apple TV, Alpine DVD player, Wi-Fi hot spot, and three 110-volt and 12-volt outlets to plug devices into. The van also features a heavy-duty air-conditioning system, mini fridge, microwave, ambient lighting, and individual reading lights, as well as carbon fiber trim, a rearview camera, and a solar panel. No mention of price, but we’ll bet you could also buy a four bedroom home in a nice neighborhood for what this will cost you.

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