The family-oriented SUV has gone through a deep customization project just in time to grace the automaker’s booth at this year’s edition of the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The South Korean automaker wasn’t alone in its endeavor because it enlisted the collaboration of aftermarket specialist group Vaccar to deliver this Tucson Sport concept, which remains to be fully detailed on November 1 when it’s said to go “far beyond its OEM roots.” As far as we are aware right now, the deep visual changes include 20 inch alloys, a bespoke two-tone paint scheme, as well as a full aerodynamic body kit comprised of a new front lip, side skirts, and rear diffuser from Vaccar. Move inside the cabin, and this Tucson prototype greets you with new Ice Grey leather upholstery with blue stitching, new gauges because of the performance modifications as well as a new 9-inch infotainment system complete with headrest-mounted displays, a 12-inch subwoofer, and other speakers.
While many of the OEM projects are mostly visual, Hyundai went beyond this traditional call and talked Vaccar into modifying the internal components as well. Now inside the engine bay there’s a larger turbocharger, new AEM inlet piping, a Mishimoto intercooler, a new exhaust, and various other changes. The partners stopped short of delivering the answer to the most ardent question – how much power resides there and how has been the performance affected. We do know the Tucson would also be able to make use of it, thanks to Continental ExtremeContact Sport rubber, new Power Stop brakes all round, and the usual adjustable coilovers responsible for the lowered stance.