A Hyundai dual-cab 4x4 ute and an off-road large SUV to rival Toyota’s LandCruiser Prado would always be high on the wish list, and it seems the water is being tested for these more adventurous times by the rugged-looking 2022 Santa Fe XRT, which has just broken cover.
Featuring aggro-looking front and rear bumpers, a matte-black grille, blacked-out mirror covers and roof rails, side steps, chunky-moulded door sills and gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels, the XRT looks like it’s getting Armageddon ready.
The Santa Fe XRT debuted in the United States overnight, and while Hyundai Australia has told CarsGuide that it wasn’t likely to make it Down Under, there’s no doubt the tough-looking seven-seater would be popular here.
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If you were wondering if the Santa Fe has any increased off-road ability, the answer is no. So, while it looks ready to take on proper offroad beasts like the Prado, sadly, the looks are just for show. The XRT has 176mm of ground clearance and is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, just like a regular Santa Fe.
Powering the Santa Fe XRT is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 132kW and 232Nm. In Australia, our Santa Fes get more mumbo in the form of a V6 petrol which produces 200kW and 331Nm for the front-wheel drive and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel making 148kW and 440Nm for the all-wheel-drive version.
Pricing for the Santa Fe XRT in the US starts from $US33,485 ($AUD45,456). In Australia, the Santa Fe range kicks off at $44,700 for the entry grade with the V6 and tops out at $65,200 for the Highlander with the four-cylinder diesel.
Also expected to arrive in the US is a Tucson XRT. CarsGuide was on Hyundai Australia’s case about this, too, but you guessed it; we’re not getting that one either.