Compact off-roaders are just cool. Can you imagine a real off-road supercar? Compact, stylish coupe flying across the sand dunes or a dirt road like one of these group B rally cars would be fantastic, but now we have nothing like that.
Hyundai, however, will introduce something similar in SEMA 2019 – Veloster Grappler looks like something straight from our dreams.
Veloster Grappler, obviously, is based on a standard Veloster, which already is quite a stylish little car. It is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive coupe, designed to deliver the thrills of driving without emptying your wallet. You can order your Veloster with one of several different engines producing from 103 to 202 kW of power. It is not as fast as actual sports cars, but it is a great fun to drive. Veloster Grappler would be fun as well, if Hyundai decided to actually make it.
The most obvious difference between the Grappler and the standard Veloster, obviously, is the ground clearance. Veloster Grappler combines superb approach and departure angles for confident off-roading capability. It has some serious Method Racing wheels with oversized all-terrain tires. Veloster Grappler would not be afraid to tackle an off-road adventure in the forest either, because it has custom front and rear brush guards and extensive lighting package.
Up on the roof you can see a utility basket serves as a base mount for the removable solar panel from Goal Zero. This will allow for longer camping trips and prevent you from running out of power unexpectedly. Veloster Grappler is quite a stylish vehicle as well. It has a carbon fibre bonnet with vents to help remove excess heat from the engine bay. The entire car is wrapped in vinyl, featuring ghosted Hyundai-themed livery. And once you come inside you notice that it is not exactly a standard Veloster.
First of all, inside there is a portable power station, drawing power from that solar panel on the roof. It helps on longer journeys, will provide you with hot food and charge for your devices. There is also a beefy roll bar, providing extra security and a full-size spare tire, because you are just bound to have a puncture. Sport pedals, a sport shifter, all-weather mats, ambient footwell lighting and cargo blocks can bee seen inside as well. Finally, there is a roadside assistance kit, first aid kit, tent and other important things for long off-road journeys.
Hyundai Veloster Grappler definitely looks like a dream and could be made to drive like one too. But it is being made for SEMA, which is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. This means that Veloster Grappler is made to showcase what could be done using aftermarket products – Hyundai is not going to be producing such cars any time soon.