Hyundai is adding a new XRT appearance package to the list of options for the new Santa Fe. With dark exterior moldings and a thick body coating, the 2022 Santa Fe XRT is aimed at SUV buyers looking for tougher styling.
Thelast year, part of the same wave of cool new models and cool redesigns that left us with the amazing Palisade and the sleek , the latter recently won an Editor’s Choice Award. Powered by a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Santa Fe has already proven to be a strong competitor in its five-seat midsize SUV class, but this new XRT spec seems like a direct draw for crossover drivers. buying the Forester from Subaru.
The XRT designation adds molded black trim along the bottom edges of the doors, wheel arches, and front and rear bumpers, as well as XRT-exclusive side steps. Hyundai’s ad also notes “dark silver front and rear skid plates.” The blackout theme continues with a matte black grille, black mirror caps and black roof rails and cross rails and 18-inch dark black alloy wheels that are exclusive to XRT models.
What the XRT specification does not include is. Aside from the styling bits, there are no changes to ride height, powertrain, or traction. Looking closely at the photos, even the “skid plates” appear to have more bumper moldings than the true underbody plates. On the bright side, because it relies heavily on the SEL Convenience Package model, owners will be able to enjoy features such as a self-opening smart tailgate, Hyundai Digital Key functionality, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and power folding rear seats. And, with the optional HTRAC all-wheel drive, the XRT should be capable enough to handle average dirt roads and mild off-road conditions between you and the trailhead.
The 2022 Santa Fe XRT starts at $ 33,485 (including the $ 1,185 destination charge) or $ 35,185 for the XRT AWD; either way, just a $ 600 premium over the SEL with convenience. The first examples should now reach dealers.