Modified Tucson is Another Hyundai Concept Heading to Vegas

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Vaccar Hyundai Tucson Sport Concept will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show later this month.

As usual, Hyundai is looking to make a statement at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and has already previewed several other projects including a custom Elantra Sport and Ioniq. The latest concept announced by the Korean automaker is a Tucson built by Vaccar, featuring a plethora of modifications.

Under the hood, the Tucson gets a Boostec turbocharger and R50 blow-off valve, while an AEM air intake system and charge pipe kit further boosts performance. Up front there’s a massive Mishimoto G-Line intercooler connected Vaccar front-mount piping. Expelling all the exhaust gases is a Vaccar cat-back exhaust connected to Magnaflow Performance mufflers.

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The exterior of the Tucson is plenty sporty with a Vaccar front slip, side skirts, rear diffuser, and M&S mesh front grille. The body has been painted blue metallic with partial two-tone silver, while the crossover rides on 20-inch Concept One CF-003SX forged wheels wrapped with Continental ExtremeContact Sport 255/35R20 tires. Stopping performance has also been enhanced thanks to a Vaccar-Power Stop front and rear Z23 Evolution brake kit. Giving it the stance it needs to fit in with the SEMA crowd is a set of Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers.

“The Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept takes the Tucson far beyond its OEM roots without sacrificing reliability,” said Aaron Vaccar, president of Vaccar. “By building upon the well-developed Tucson platform, powertrain and design, we’ve given enthusiasts a vision of just where this affordable crossover aspires to go.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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