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Most people never take their crossovers off-roading, but that hasn't stopped manufacturers from offering rugged off-road packages aimed at customers with active lifestyles. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe becomes the latest crossover to offer such a model, with the new XRT Appearance Trim level. Hyundai previously announced the Santa Fe XRT along with a full 2022 model year update, but this is the first time we've seen any pictures of the vehicle.
The XRT trim builds on the SEL with Convenience package, a mid-level model below the Limited and Calligraphy. Hyundai will not offer the XRT as a hybrid, meaning the only engine option is the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 horsepower paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Sadly, the 2.5-liter turbo-four with 272 hp and eight-speed dual-clutch is not available on the XRT.
Hyundai may describe the XRT as a "rugged, bold, new look for enthusiasts," but this model clearly wasn't built for any hardcore off-roading. The base XRT only includes front-wheel drive starting at $32,300, while HTRAC all-wheel drive is available starting at $34,000. For reference, the SEL trim with the Convenience Package costs $30,700 ($32,400 with AWD), so the XRT is only a $1,600 upgrade.
For this small premium, the XRT adds black lower bumper fascia molding, dark silver skid plates, a matte black grille, black mirror covers, black roof rails, exclusive side steps, black door moldings, and 18-inch dark alloy wheels. These upgrades make the Santa Fe look more aggressive, but Hyundai doesn't mention any ride height increase or tire changes.
Hyundai says the Santa Fe XRT is arriving at dealerships now. We have yet to see any pictures of the Tucson XRT, which will likely receive similar upgrades. The Santa Fe XRT will compete with other midsize off-road appearance package vehicles like the Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp. The Subaru Outback Wilderness is another competitor, but it receives better tires and a lifted suspension.