Hyundai debuted the Santa Fe XRT Concept as part of the premiere of the new SUV. It takes the standard model and adds loads of equipment for outdoor adventures.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe adopts a boxy exterior appearance that makes the new model look more chiselled than any previous generation.
Hyundai describes the XRT as "a concept model tailored to cater [to] diverse needs of outdoor enthusiasts." It uses the Calligraphy trim as a starting point and adds a variety of components. There's a roof rack with a spare tyre. A ladder is on the rear. A small storage case is on the side at the rear. The customised SUV wears more rugged tyres than the stock vehicle, too.
Unfortunately, Hyundai doesn't provide images or details about the XRT's interior. We don't know whether there are tweaks in there to match the rugged parts on the exterior.
The new Santa Fe is available with two powertrains in Europe. There's a turbocharged 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid that makes 158 bhp and 195 pound-feet. It hooks up to a six-speed automatic transmission. The other choice is a hybrid-assisted turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 178 bhp and 195 lb-ft The transmission is also a six-speed automatic.
The Santa Fe will have its full public reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. "We will confirm all of the US market Santa Fe details at that event, along with [a] comprehensive presentation, executive interviews, and related information," a Hyundai spokesperson told Motor1.com. UK market specifications are still to be confirmed.
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