The Hyundai Tucson, or ix35 in Europe, or Hyundai JM (Joyful Mover) in Japan, is a compact crossover SUV built and marketed by the Hyundai Motor Corporation. In Hyundai's lineup, the Tucson fits below the Santa Fe and Veracruz. The vehicles are named after the city of Tucson, Arizona. The first generation Tucson launched in 2004. It shares its Elantra-based platform with the redesigned 2005 Kia Sportage. The Tucson is in the same class as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. Later 2.0 CRDi models include variable geometry turbocharger. In US 2.0 model, automatic is standard in Limited trim. Four wheel drive models include a Borg-Warner torque controller system. In the United States, the Tucson is offered in base GLS, mid-line SE, and top-tier Limited (formerly LX) trim levels for 2007 models. Earlier 2005 and 2006 models were offered as GL/GLS/Limited.
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