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Hyundai Santa Fe XRT Leaks In Dealer Listings

The Hyundai Santa Fe receives a few changes for 2022 after extensive 2021 updates, and the biggest news is its new XRT trim level aiming for the Subaru Forester and other more rugged crossovers. Hyundai hasn’t released any official images yet, but in the mean time, we found several examples through TrueCar.

The Santa Fe XRT gains bulkier black bumpers as well as a new lower grille, black accents replacing chrome, an exclusive black mesh grille, high roof rails, and “stain-resistant” cloth seats. As for the wheels, TrueCar describes them as “exclusive dark two tone alloys” and they are said to measure 18 inches. Front and rear Bumper appliques, monotone exterior paint, mudguards, and heated front seats are also standard. The engine remains the same 2.5 liter inline-four, but its eight-speed automatic joins the Santa Fe Hybrid in adding the brand’s SHIFTRONIC transmission.

Some examples are listed as FWD rather than AWD, with the latter appearing more expensive than the former, so all-wheel drive will likely be an option for the XRT. Speaking of pricing, the dealers do not have official prices for the 2022 XRT models, but TrueCar’s estimated pricing for the FWD spec reads $34,000 to just over $35,000. The AWD models range from approximately $36,000 to $37,000, according to TrueCar, which is a few thousand dollars more expensive than the base XRT. Pricing is still decent for a new SUV with such a long list of standard features, at least compared to the top-of-the line Calligraphy trim, which asks more than $40,000.

A similar incident to this happened with the 2022 Kia Stinger, where a US dealer posted a listing of the new model, leaking out the updates. Hyundai might want to be more cautious about which cars they ship off to the dealerships in the future. The automaker should release a few press images of the Santa Fe XRT within the next month, since it seems that examples are beginning to pop up on dealer lots.

What do you think of these early XRTs?


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