2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT trim offers rugged, off-road styling

Updated Aug 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This or the standard model?

Hyundai announced the addition of the new Santa Fe XRT trim in the U.S. market, which features a rugged and bolder appearance as compared to the standard model. It gets variant-exclusive exterior styling details that make it look like it is shying away from the nameplate’s usual premium appearance.

Hyundai Santa Fe XRT front view

A more rugged-looking finish

Upfront, the Hyundai Santa Fe XRT comes with a new face thanks to its new black lower bumper, dark silver skid plates, and matte-black grille. This new front fascia replaces the plain-looking silver trim found on the standard model.

The sides are added with XRT-exclusive black door side moldings, XRT-exclusive side steps, XRT-exclusive 18-inch dark alloy wheels, and black mirror covers. Meanwhile, the rear-end of the XRT bears a new black lower bumper fascia molding and dark silver rear skid plates.

Hyundai Santa Fe XRT rear view

New XRT features are added all around the exterior

But the upgrades are not only for cosmetics that make it look more like an off-roader. Hyundai also included black roof side rails and cross rails up top so drivers can haul more cargo on the go. These complement the blacked-out features found on the rest of the XRT’s body.

Under the hood, the new trim will be using the same engine as the Santa Fe SEL, which is a 2.5-liter Smartstream GDI/MPI 4-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 191 hp and 181 Nm of torque. It sends power to either the front wheels or all wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic, a system that allows drivers to override the system and shift to manual gear function.

Hyundai Santa Fe front view

A new impression to the Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe XRT is now out in the U.S. market. Hyundai Philippines, on the other hand, currently shows no plan in adding the XRT to the local Santa Fe model. It could be a great option for those Filipino car buyers who are looking for a rugged-looking midsize crossover.

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Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe takes its name from the historical city of Santa Fe in Mexicom, starting out as a compact crossover in its first two generations before being upgraded to a midsize crossover by the time its third iteration came about. Now on its fourth generation, the Santa Fe features increased dimensions accompanied by a streamlined shape, along with an interior equipped with various tech and convenience features. 

In the Philippines, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) markets the Santa Fe in two levels of trim: the GLS Mid and High variants, both with a 2.2L common-rail diesel engine mated to a 4x2 drivetrain. These are available in six color options.  


Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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