Today’s crop of crossover vehicles is more capable than conventional wisdom would have you believe. As a reminder of this, Hyundai got together with John Pangilinan to create a special 2016 Tucson for SEMA this year. The Tucson Adventuremobile is one of several modified Tucsons appearing at the show this year. Designed with camping in mind, the Adventuremobile follows in the footsteps of the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Defender and Honda Element with a roof-mounted tent and other camping gear.

Unlike many of the other modified Hyundais at the show, the Adventuremobile has been tweaked in a sensible fashion, so it could conceivably serve as a daily driver when it’s not time to rough it. Pangilinan is known for taking vehicles to the limit with lifestyle-based modifications, and this crossover is no exception. The Hyundai Tucson Adventure by John Pangilinan appeared at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Tucson Adventure by John Pangilinan.

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2016 Hyundai Tucson Adventure by John Pangilinan High Resolution Exterior
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The Tucson’s new-for-2016 styling takes cues from the larger Santa Fe, and it looks larger than it is. In preview photos, the Tucson Adventuremobile is painted shiny army green with a blacked-out grille and chrome trim. The bull bar and side steps are accessories that are available from Aries, while LED lighting and rock lights have also been added. The lightweight wheels are provided by Rays and also painted black, while aggressive Toyo Open Country A/T II tires put the power to the pavement. The Treeline Tamarack folding rooftop tent is the most noticeable upgrade, and it’s mounted on a Thule roof rack.


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Note: 2016 Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

On the interior, Katzkin leather upholstery and color-matched green seat belts bring the exterior theme inside. An upgraded sound system by BP Auto Sound includes Clarion components and subwoofers. The tent on the roof sleeps two, and includes solar panels for powering accessories when the Adventuremobile is traversing the Outback. Integrated battery chargers round out the interior upgrades.


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The Tucson features a choice of a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter, or a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder and six- or seven-speed automatic transmissions. The Adventuremobile’s drivetrain modifications are minimal, in keeping with its mission as a daily-drivable adventure platform. The engine’s breathing has been upgraded with an intake and charge pipe from AEM and a larger Magnaflow exhaust — boosting power slightly over the stock 175 horsepower put out by the turbocharged model, but the Adventuremobile remains relatively mild.

The suspension has been pumped up a little bit, with a one and a half inch lift and upgraded brakes with color-matched calipers.


2016 Hyundai Tucson Adventure by John Pangilinan High Resolution Exterior
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Not many crossovers make it off-road, though some do remain capable of it. As an illustration of the Tucson’s versatility, the Adventuremobile provides a new angle to consider, and in effect takes the vehicle back to its off-roading SUV roots. It’s likely to be one of the most sane concepts at SEMA this year, and there’s definitely some attraction because of the lack of custom-built parts: many of the Adventuremobile’s modifications are available to the general public. It’s a fair bet that Hyundai would be quite happy if some owners decided to build Adventuremobiles of their own.

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    • Though capable, the Tucson probably isn’t quite hard-core enough for the serious adventurers
    • Mild performance upgrades

Press Release

John Pangilinan, the renowned Southern California tuner known for creating vehicles that blur the lines between lifestyle and automotive, has released details on his 2016 Tucson SEMA build. Dubbed the “Adventuremobile,” the vehicle blends Hyundai’s new crossover platform with a passion for the great outdoors, perfect for the weekend getaway. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The “Adventuremobile” is just as home on the daily commute as it is lugging gear up into the mountains for the weekend out of town. Most obvious is the addition of a Treeline Tamarack roof-top tent, with ample room to sleep two campers, and Goal Zero solar panels to power all of their accessories. The exterior has been beefed up with the addition of an Aries bull bar and side steps, Rigid Industries LED lights, and the vehicle has been finished in a BASF army green paint scheme by Strasse Sport. A custom 1.5-in. suspension lift provides greater ground clearance, and Toyo Open Country A/T II tires with RAYS Gram Lights 57DR wheels provide the extra grip needed for the occasional off-road excursion.

Giving the Tucson a power boost, AEM provided an upgraded intake and charge pipe kit, and the engine breathes more freely through a Magnaflow exhaust system.

“Designed with the weekend adventurer in mind, the Tucson was the perfect platform for an ‘Adventuremobile,’” said John Pangilinan. “The build blends performance with the excitement of the great outdoors, without sacrificing daily usability. The vehicle promotes exploration, making it ideal for the daily commute, weekend excursions, and the occasional road trip.”

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AEM Intake
AEM Charge Pipe Kit
Magnaflow Exhaust
Lucas Oil


Custom Suspension Lift
Wilwood Custom Fabricated Brake Kit with Matching Army Green Painted Calipers
Rays Gram Lights 57DR Wheels, Semi-Gloss Black
Toyo Tires Open CountryA/T II Tires
Project KICS Leggdura Racing Lug Nuts
Project KICS Wide Tread Spacers


BASF Army Green Paint by Strasse Sport
Aries Bull Bar and Side Steps
Thule 47-in. Aeroblade
Thule Rapid Podium Foot Pack
Thule Fit Kit
Treeline Tamarack Constellation Gen2 Roof-Tent
Goal Zero Nomad 20 Solar Panel
Rigid Industries
SR-6 LED Lights with Tucson Light Bracket
E-40 LED Light Bar
Rock Light Kit
Decals by S&A Design


Katzkin Custom Leather Upholstery
Seat Belt Planet Custom Army Green Seat Belts
Truck Vault Storage with Trekpak System
Goal Zero
Yeti 400 Solar Generator
Light-A-Life 350 Lights
Lighthouse Mini
Venture 30 Recharger
VLEDS Lighting
CTEK Battery Charger
Car Audio System Built by BP Auto Sound
SRG1623S Components
EQS755 Equalizer
MCD360 Crossover
WF250D Shallow Subwoofers
XC1410 Full Range Amp
XC2110 Sub Am

EFX Series Multi-Core Interconnects
EFX Speaker Wire
EFX Amp Power Kit
EFX Power and Ground Distribution Block
Hyperflex Accumat Sound Deadening Material
MagicMount System
Scosche Optimized for Outdoors
reVOLT Dual USB Car Charger
StrikeLINE Rugged LED Lightning and Micro USB Cable

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