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Hyundai Grappler makes city-boy Veloster a tough guy

2019 HYUNDAI GRAPPLER. Image: Supplied

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – An “Hyundai on steroids” is that automaker’s bold description of its showpiece Veloster Grappler concept to be revealed in November 2019 at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The Grappler has more ground clearance and steeper front and rear approach angles for off-tar excursions, and front and rear bush guards.

Oversized all-terrain tyres and rally-themed Method Racing wheel rims, Hyundai says, ”present a rugged demeanour with functional capability and Borla cat-back exhaust components add a visceral audible resonance. For extra cargo capabilities, a roof-mounted Thule utility basket includes a high-output lighting system from Baja Designs.


Roof-mounted utility lights provide excellent illumination on rough terrain; from high-speed desert off-roading high-beams to base-camp work lights, the Veloster Grappler, its maker says, ”is ready for the unexpected from any adventure”.

The utility basket doubles as a base mount for a removable solar panel powering an electric portable power station inside the cabin for remote journeys. A custom vinyl exterior body wrap features a ghosted Hyundai-themed livery. Finally, a Seibon carbon-fibre hood vents excess engine bay heat when things heat up out in the desert.

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An integrated roll bar provides occupant protection and provides mounting for a spare wheel. Further outfitting the interior are traction mats, an oversized utility shovel, a Goal Zero portable power station, roadside assistance kit, first-aid kit, Napier dome tent, Scosche Mounts, Goal Zero crush lights and premium Recaro seats finished in a vintage hound’stooth check pattern.


Exterior lighting is modulated through a custom-designed switch panel. Hyundai genuine accessories round out the functionality of the vehicle, adding sport pedals, a sport shifter, all-weather mats, ambient footwell lighting and cargo blocks.

  • The SEMA Show, a trade-only event that is not open to the general public, takes place from November 5-8  2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. It is organised by the Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA). It is regarded as one of the world’s premier automotive specialty trade events. It drew more than 70 000 visitors IN 2018.


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