The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT made a bold appearance at the LA Auto Show, adding a rugged twist to the already-revealed Santa Fe model. Despite the previous disclosures of design details and specifications, the spotlight at the show was on the new XRT trim, drawing inspiration from the XRT Concept and aligning with the trend of other Hyundai XRT models.
The distinctive features of the Santa Fe XRT include 30-inch Continental all-terrain tires wrapped around dark-painted 18-inch wheels, elevating the ground clearance by a notable 1.5 inches. Hyundai aimed to enhance the SUV’s exterior with the addition of dark chrome and black trim elements, creating a more robust and adventurous appearance. The front showcases a trim-specific grille, and discreet “XRT” branding can be found on the rear. Roof rails with cross bars and interior details, such as the “XRT” logo embossed on the headrests, further contribute to the rugged aesthetic.
Under the hood, the Santa Fe XRT is equipped with Hyundai’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, generating an impressive 277 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. With the towing package, the XRT boasts a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
Beyond the XRT edition, Hyundai made several noteworthy adjustments for the North American debut of the 2024 Santa Fe. The hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor, now produces 232 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque, a slight increase from previous figures. Another notable update is the inclusion of wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as a standard feature in the Santa Fe’s infotainment system, addressing a previous absence in various Hyundai and Kia products.
Hyundai also unveiled the color options for both the exterior and interior. The U.S. market can choose from a range of exterior paints, including Phantom Black, Serenity White Pearl, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Ecotronic Gray Pearl, Ecotronic Gray Matte, Ultimate Red Metallic, Earthy Brass Matte, Hampton Gray, Terracotta Orange, and Rockwood Green Pearl. Interior choices encompass Obsidian Black, Supersonic Gray, Pecan Brown, and Forest Green.
The 2.5-liter turbo version is set to arrive at dealerships in March 2024, with the Hybrid model following suit in the spring. The Santa Fe XRT, with its rugged enhancements, stands out as a compelling addition to Hyundai’s diverse lineup.