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Grappler Concept Transforms Hyundai Veloster Into Off-Road Beast

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Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept
The Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept
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The Hyundai Veloster isn’t the first vehicle that comes to mind for off-roading prowess, but that’s about to change. Hyundai has given its quirky three-door hatchback a massively rugged makeover just in time for November’s 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The Veloster Grappler concept incorporates an array of customized components and accessories, transforming the formerly roadbound car into a mean, muscular machine that’s more than ready to leave the beaten path.

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Key features for the Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept

The Grappler concept boasts greater ground clearance and improved approach and departure angles, perfect for tackling rocky, muddy, or hilly terrain. It’s protected by special front and rear brush guards as it rides on aggressive all-terrain tires with rally-themed Method Racing wheels.

Roof-mounted utility lights light up the trail, and they’re joined atop the vehicle by a Thule cargo basket to carry a spare tire or extra gear. The cargo basket can also carry a removable Goal Zero solar panel, provided to power the Grappler’s portable electric power station.

A custom vinyl wrap contributes to the tricked-out Veloster’s tough look, as does the Seibon carbon-fiber hood. The Grappler sounds intimidating, too, thanks to a full-throated Borla cat-back exhaust system.

The interior of the Veloster Grappler is just as equipped for off-roading as the exterior. It’s built with an integrated roll bar for extra safety, vintage-patterned Recaro seats, and a custom switch panel for the outside lights. Hyundai accessories like sport pedals, a sport shifter, ambient footwell lighting, and all-weather mats give the cabin a rough-and-ready feel. A Napier dome tent, first aid kit, roadside assistance kit, and utility kit ensure drivers have everything they need for the backcountry.

Will Hyundai ever bring this concept into production? The automaker hasn’t indicated what the future might hold, but it sure seems like the Veloster Grappler would make a great companion for the track-focused Veloster N.

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