Hyundai Prepares Off-Road Tucson for 2015 SEMA Show
The Tucson meant for Moab.
Another day, another Hyundai SEMA concept. The Korean automaker is well-known for bringing a whole fleet of highly-modified concepts to the auto show, and this year is no exception. We have previously seen high-performance street cars, like a 700-hp Bisimoto Tucson, a 500 hp Blood Type Racing Veloster Turbo, and a supercharged Genesis Coupe. Now, Hyundai revealed an off-road-ready Tucson bound for the Las Vegas show.
Hyundai teamed up with Rockstar Performance Garage (RPG) to create this chunky 2016 Hyundai Tucson. RPG is well known for creating wild off-road builds from Jeeps and trucks. To kick things off, Rockstar crammed a heavy-duty off-road suspension under the crossover, with an increase of six inches over the stock ride height, using a fully adjustable King Shocks system. Grip comes from massive 32-inch Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 tires, requiring a complete redesign of the wheel wells.
Under the hood, the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the standard Tucson gets a boost with an upgraded Magnaflow exhaust, K&N intake, modified turbo piping, and a Mishimoto intercooler.
Visually, the Tucson gets a blacked-out treatment with yellow and gray accents. Special rugged bumpers and rockers have been fitted to help the Tuscon brush off any dings and impacts that occur off-road.
The Rockstar Performance Garage Hyundai Tucson makes its official debut later this year at the upcoming 2015 SEMA auto show.