Marketed as a crossover, the standard Hyundai Kona isn't likely to venture too far off the beaten track. Rockstar Performance Garage has, however, taken the compact SUV to a completely new off-roading level.

Set to take the stage at this year’s SEMA show, the custom Kona in Ultimate AWD is finished in a dark colour-scheme offset by striking gold 16-inch Motegi rally wheels. A set of 30-inch Mickey Thompson race-grooved tyres complete the look. The increased ride-height is provided by an upgraded King suspension, while a trio of Baja Design LED lamps installed on the grille offer a Dakar-inspired face.

A Race Chip software upgrade, Magnaflow exhaust and K&N filters have been installed onto the Kona’s turbocharged 1,6-litre four-cylinder engine.

Cabin updates include alligator skin seats and a Kicker audio system.

This isn’t Rockstar’s first encounter with a Hyundai crossover. In previous years, the tuning house put together a Tucson and Santa Fe with similar upgrades.