- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

JAGUAR XF

The 2009 Jaguar XF is a dramatic expression of a bold new Jaguar design language, with a driving experience that exceeds the expectations created by its striking appearance. It’s a rear-wheel-drive sedan that is relaxed and confident, with outstanding ability and control.

The four-door XF has the visual excitement of a coupe, but room inside for five adults. The new XF’s interior ambience is enriched by crafted, luxurious materials, sophisticated instruments and calm phosphor blue halo illumination and interior mood lighting.

The most exciting feature is the XF’s transmission control, the all-new JaguarDrive rotary gear selector - an industry-first rotary gear selector interface that combines precise, intuitive control with space-saving packaging.

The XF is powered by a 4.2-liter 300-horsepower V-8 with a torque rating of 310 foot-pounds, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Base model estimated mpg: 16 city/25 highway

Starting price: $49,975

JAGUAR XKR

Powered by a supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 delivering a muscular 420 horsepower, the XKR coupe can sprint from standstill to 60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

For 2009, Jaguar has taken its supercharged sports car to a new level of luxury and refinement with the arrival of the limited-edition XKR Portfolio.

Advanced aluminum construction, a 420-horsepower supercharged 4.2-liter V-8 engine and six-speed Jaguar sequential shift transmission with paddle shifters combine for superb dynamic performance.

The interior features a soft-grain leather interior and instrument panel with contrast stitching, plus a 525-watt Bowers & Wilkins speaker premium sound system.

The XKR’s already powerful sporting styling cues - an aerodynamically enhanced front bumper, bonnet louvers and aluminum-finish grilles - will remain, and the exclusive shadow grey paint, 20-inch wheels and unique milled aluminum power vents add to the overall presence.

Base model estimated mpg: 16 city/25 highway

Estimated starting price: $88,175

JEEP PATRIOT

The 2009 Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of a sport-utility vehicle with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup.

For 2009, Patriot features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, center console with split lid for added storage space and door trim panels.

To reduce noise, insulation has been added to the engine compartment and interior floor. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust have been made. Suspension tuning for on-road packages has been revised, giving the 2009 Patriot a more comfortable, smoother ride.

The Jeep’s two-box design is built for maximum cargo volume, rugged driving conditions and excellent utility. It is available in three drive configurations: front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive I (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode) and the Freedom Drive II off-road package (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with low range).

The 2.4-liter engine provides 172 horsepower and 165 foot-pounds of torque.

Base model estimated mpg: 23 city/28 highway

Estimated starting price: $16,790

JEEP WRANGLER

The 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features room for five passengers, the most cargo space offered in a Wrangler, plus off-road capability and everyday practicality.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited uses the same tough body-on-frame construction, full-framed or half doors, exposed hinges, fold-down windshield and innovative removable convertible tops as its Wrangler sibling. It adds refinement with hill start assist. Trailer sway control is available.

The 2009 Wrangler Unlimited provides options in tops. Standard is the Sunrider soft-top, which includes a sun roof in addition to the full top-down option. Jeep’s Freedom Top, a three-piece modular hardtop, features three panels, providing more options for open-air driving.

A 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 202 horsepower and 237 foot-pounds of torque, backed by a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an available four-speed automatic transmission.

Suspension geometry provides precise ride-and-handling characteristics, while lower suspension spring rates provide a softer, more comfortable on-road ride.

Base model estimated mpg: 15 city/20 highway

Estimated starting price: $22,215


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