Hyundai Veloster Grappler debuts in SEMA 2019 and its a strange yet interesting concept

Updated Sep 29, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

While the Veloster is already an unusual but fun car, Hyundai USA has outdone itself by turning it into a beastly adventure vehicle for the 2019 SEMA Show, the Hyundai Veloster Grappler!

At this year’s SEMA Show, Hyundai showcased a couple of vehicles, but the most eye-catching were the several Veloster-based concepts that ranged from the downright cool (such as the Hyundai Veloster N Performance concept and a rally-ready Kona) to the rather weird end of the spectrum, with the  Veloster “Grappler” Concept. takes a closer look.

Hyundai Veloster Grapler concept at the 2019 SEMA show

The Veloster Grappler Concept being introduced at the 2019 SEMA Show

1. Hyundai Veloster Grappler

The Hyundai Veloster is already a weird vehicle in itself, featuring an asymmetrical design where the driver’s side door is a huge single piece while having a normal two-door configuration for the passenger side. In spite of this qurik,the Veloster is a performance hatchback that makes a respectable 201 horsepower, resulting in a definitely fun drive.

Hyundai takes it up a notch with the Veloster Grappler Concept, putting in a lifter suspension system for added ground clearance, numerous LED lamps mounted on the front brush guard, a carbon fiber hood, and a set of beefy all-terrain tires. Literally topping it all off is a Thule roof basket with even more LED lights, accompanied by a Goal Zero solar panel.

hyundai veloster grappler

Talk about going ham with the lights

>>> Check out: Hyundai Veloster 2019 Philippines Review, Specsheet & Price.

Inside, the Grappler Concept features a roll cage, while occupants stay in place with the use of Recaro seats. A first aid kit, dome tent, and roadside assistance kit packed inside the vehicle leave no doubt that the Grappler is a Veloster transformed into an offroad beast.

Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept's solar panel

It has a solar panel which is perfect for those wanting to go off the grid

>>> Complete guide to the current Hyundai Veloster in the Philippines

2. Hyundai Veloster Grappler: Under the hood

The engine itself is a stock US-spec 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that can makes 275 horsepower and 353 Nm of torque; the only upgrade that Hyundai of America gave it was the addition of a Borla cat-back exhaust.

The rear end of the Hyundai Veloster Grappler concept

It looks really squat despite the increase in ride height, like a Baja truck

While the Grappler Concept has already been unveiled, Hyundai has yet to release a video of the car carving up sand dunes or raging through rough, unpaved trails.

>>> Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineup​​​​

Know more about Hyundai Veloster 2024

Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster Philippines is a hatchback coupe that has been around the South Korean marque's lineup since 2011. It is available in the Philippines in one variant and the Hyundai Veloster 2023 price is at Php 1,798,000. Under the hood, this vehicle comes with a 1.6-liter T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline) engine good for 201 horsepower and 265 Nm of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) is paired with the engine to send power to the front wheels.

Dimensions-wise, the Veloster measures 4,240 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,409 mm high, with a wheelbase and ground clearance rated at 2,650 mm and 151 mm, respectively. Locally, this Korean hatchback coupe is comparable to the likes of the Toyota GR Yaris, Mazda3 Fastback, and Honda Civic Type R


Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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