A hardcore off-road Hyundai Veloster answers questions no-one thought to ask.
If you look at the subcompact crossover market right now, you'll see quite a few vehicles that are effectively hatchbacks with taller suspensions. Once you consider that, the Hyundai Grappler starts making sense. Hyundai has taken its Veloster hatchback car and turned it into an off-roader by giving it a lift and taking advantage if its short rear-overhang and, judging by the photograph, reduced the front overhang.
The increased ground clearance is negated somewhat by the all-terrain tires and rally-style Method Racing wheels, but this concept isn't about rock crawling. "From high-speed desert off-roading high beams to basecamp work lights, Veloster Grappler is ready for the unexpected from any adventure," says Hyundai in a press release.
Unfortunately, Hyundai is only teasing us with details and a single picture for now. The Hyundai "Grappler" concept is set to debut at the 2019 SEMA show in early November.
For dealing with rugged terrain, the Grappler is outfitted with custom brush guards at the front and back. For the rest of the concept, Hyundai has thrown what looks like the entire contents of an off-road adventure accessory catalog at it. The cargo space in the back of a Veloster is roomy and useful, but if it's not enough then there's a Thule utility basket on the roof complete with attached high-output lighting system from Baja Designs at the front. This also acts as a mount for a removable solar panel to feed a portable power station mounted inside the cabin.
The outside of the Grappler also features a custom ghosted Hyundai-themed vinyl exterior body wrap and a vented carbon-fiber hood from Seibon. What's under the hood is unknown for now, but anything less than the 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the hot Veloster N will be a disappointment.
Inside, there's a multifunction roll bar providing protection for the occupants as well as a mounting point for a spare full-size wheel and tire. Recaro seats keep everyone in place through the rough stuff, and the cabin is also kitted out with extra lighting, traction mats, an oversized utility shovel, and a Napier outdoor dome. Not just wanting to show off other aftermarket parts, there are also accessories from the Hyundai catalog in there such as sport pedals, a sport shifter, all-weather mats, ambient footwell lighting, and cargo blocks.