Hyundai's Three-Doored Chaos-Mobile Goes Full Bonkers
Here's what an apocalypse-ready off-road Veloster looks like.
Hyundai is taking its asymmetrical Veloster hatchback off the beaten path with the Grappler concept. Equipped with body cladding, altered fascias, a raised ride height, and improved approach and departure angles, the Grappler looks ready for all kinds of wicked and dirty adventures.
To further bolster its off-road performance, the Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept gets oversized all-terrain tires, rally-themed Method Racing wheels, and a Borla exhaust. That, friends is, not all, though, as the thing is also equipped with a Thule roof basket with integrated utility lights, additional Baja Designs lighting, a rack-mounted solar panel, a Napier outdoor tent mounted on the roof, and a Seibon carbon-fiber hood.
Moving inside, the Grappler is fitted with Recaro front seats with a houndstooth pattern, a Goal Zero portable power station, roadside assistance and first-aid kits, Scosche device mounts, and even more Goal Zero-branded lights. For its part, Hyundai dropped in a sport shifter, sport pedals, rugged all-weather floor mats, and interior ambient lighting from its own accessories catalog.
Hyundai didn't mention which Veloster served as the basis for the Grappler, but we're thinking it's likely the Turbo and its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It packs 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, and can be had with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic on the entry-level and Ultimate grades or a six-speed manual in the R-Spec. The second-gen Veloster hatchback is way, way better to drive then the previous model, and it's also the first Hyundai vehicle in North America to have a high-performance N variant, which in this case means as much as 275 horsepower and hyper-fun dynamics. Really, we're hoping that's the model this badass Veloster concept is based on, and that Hyundai also figured out a way to give it all-wheel drive.
This story originally appeared on MotorTrend.