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Update 6 April, 2005: Hyundai Tucson launched in India!

Hyundai Tucson in India by July 2005

6 April, 2005: Hyundai Motors India has launched its CR-V competitor Tucson small SUV in India today. Here's a quick photo gallery.

The Hyundai Tuscon joins the Indian SUV brigade in July. Can the Tuscan do for Hyundai what the Terracan could not for Hyundai? 

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Hyundai Motor is bringing the Hyundai Tucson to India in July 2005. After the failure of the hyped-up Hyundai Terracan, the new compact SUV will be offered here as part of Hyundai's global rollout of Tucson (pronounced `Tuesawn'). Two variants are likely. Expect price tags between Rs 12 and Rs 15 lakh.

tuscon 2005 photo

Hyundai Tucson in India will initially sport a 2000-cc DOHC 4-cylinder engine. There will be a continuously variable valve timing mechanism. A CRDi engine is also likely later, as a 2.7-litre V6 engine.

Hyundai Motor India believes that there is a market for the Tucson in India. The other SUvs currently in India include Ford Endeavour, Honda CR-V, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan X-Trail. 

hyundai tuscon interior photo

The Hyundai Tucson was first shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2004. Its design, user-friendly features, compact exterior dimensions, interiors and technology have attracted rave reviews. 

Overseas, the Hyundai Tucson is positioned against Toyota RAV4, Pontiac Vibe, Mitsubishi Outlander and Suzuki Reno. None of these models are available in India yet.

The Hyundai Tucson is built on the Elantra sedanís front-wheel-drive platform. The Tucson GL, abroad, is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder with variable valve timing, tuned here to make about 140 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque. 

The 2005 Hyundai Tucsonís optional 4WD system is Borg-Warnerís Electronic InterActive Torque Management design that can route up to 99 percent of the power to the front wheels. Up to half of the engineís power can be transferred rearward as road conditions and wheel slippage demand. A 4WD Lock feature allows the driver to lock the system for a steady 50/50 split, but there is no low gear for serious off-roading.

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