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Hyundai’s XRT package for the Santa Fe isn’t lacking in ruggedness

Find the stock version a bit too soft?
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The new Hyundai Santa Fe is easily one of the most stylish crossovers in its segment. In terms of ruggedness, though? We can think of a few other SUVs we’d rank above it when it comes to conveying this kind of vibe.

If you’re someone who wishes Hyundai went with something a little more intimidating with the Santa Fe’s design, perhaps this will appeal to you. The South Korean carmaker has released a new XRT package for the vehicle that gives it a slightly tougher demeanor over the stock version.

Alterations here come in the form of add-ons like new front and rear fascia moldings, front and rear skid plates, XRT-exclusive side steps, a matte black grille, blacked-out side mirror housings, blacked-out wheels, and black roof rails. The package should work for those looking for a darker overall appearance, too.

Keep in mind that all of these enhancements are purely visual. That said, don’t expect any changes to the vehicle’s performance as it still packs either a 2.5-liter in-line-four with 191hp and 245Nm or 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 277hp and 421Nm—same as non-XRT units.

Like it? The Santa Fe XRT FWD carries a $32,300 (P1.6 million) price tag, and you’ll have to add an extra $1,700 (around P84,000) on top of that for the AWD version. Is a little extra ruggedness worth those figures to you? Let us know in the comments.

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