- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

LAND ROVER LR2

The LR2 HSE brings numerous enhancements to the new model year: All-new 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with a sparkle silver finish are now standard. Providing an alternative, 19-inch shadow chrome finished aluminum alloy wheels are an available low-cost option.

There are new interior features, including almond-colored leather seating surfaces with nutmeg-colored carpeting, plus two new instrument panel trim choices, dark laurel (woodgrain appearance) and satin silver (metal-look appearance). A handy 12-VDC power socket has been incorporated in the rear load space area.

On the exterior, the lenses covering the side turn-signal repeater lamps are clear instead of amber colored. A darker matte-gray finish surrounds the lighting elements in the taillamps.

A new-for-2009 HST exterior styling package provides a more aggressive mesh grille design, painted front and rear bumper and side sill enhancements and dual HST exhaust tips.

The LR2 has a 3.2-liter, 230-horsepower engine, which provides enough power to go from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.

The Land Rover LR2 HSE features 19-inch alloy wheels, a 320-watt Alpine AM/FM audio system with six-disc in-dash CD changer with an auxiliary input for an iPod, seven air bags, power tilt-and-slide panoramic dual-panel panoramic sunroof, and Land Rover’s patented terrain response system.

Base model estimated mpg: 15 city/22 highway

Estimated starting price: $36,120

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER

The Range Rover Sport is the sport utility vehicle engineered for anyone serious about expeditious driving. With V-8 power, a tight wheelbase, a low build and a wide stance give the Sport exemplary agility and tenacious road holding.

For 2009, all Range Rover Sports are equipped with clear lenses for the taillamps and side turn-signal lamps. Body-color paint has been applied on the lower portion of the tailgate, while the rear bumper’s protective tread strip has a new texture. Inside, there’s a new noble-metal finish for the vent bezels, door pulls and the upper side trim on the center console. An almond-colored leather trim with nutmeg colored carpets and carpeted mats are now offered, replacing previous beige tones.

Also for 2009, a Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition is offered. The Supercharged HST Limited Edition features a luxury interior package that includes premium ebony leather with contrasting ivory stitching. The cold climate package is included, as well as an adaptive front-lighting system and center cooler box.

The 4.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 features electronically controlled continuously variable intake timing and electronic throttle actuation. Peak outputs are 300 horsepower and 315 foot-pounds of torque.

The 4.2-liter supercharged and intercooled V-8 delivers a hearty 390 horsepower and 410 foot-pounds of torque.

Base model estimated mpg: 12 city/18 highway

Estimated starting price: $59,150

LEXUS ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 continues to blur the line between “entry luxury” and “prestige-luxury.” The ES 350 carries into 2009 adding a new color to its palette, the vibrant matador red mica replaces royal ruby metallic.

The ES 350’s aluminum 3.5-liter V-6 produces 272 horsepower 254 foot-pounds torque. The ES 350 owes its smooth, quiet ride in large part to a rigid unibody structure that allows suspension to be tuned for optimal compliance. Standard 17x7-inch aluminum alloy wheels carry 215/55R17 all-season or summer tires.

The ES 350 exudes a rich, contemporary look with a long hood, pulled-back cabin, short overhangs and short rear deck. Signature low-grille-position, below projector bulb headlamps, with movement flowing outward, upward and away from the grille convey a dynamic feeling. The crisp, high-shouldered cut-line along flanks adds a muscular appearance.

Built on a generous 109.3-inch wheelbase, the midsize ES 350 provides a roomy and inviting interior. The driver and passengers are treated to intelligent, elegant luxury, with touch points that convey quality and controls that respond fluidly. The high level of Lexus craftsmanship is immediately evident in the ES 350, with bright, clear Optitron gauges, premium wood, polished metal and leather accents.

Base model estimated mpg: 19 city/27 highway

Estimated starting price: $34,120

LEXUS GS 350

The 2009 Lexus GS 350 luxury sport sedan model line includes the V-6-powered GS 350 and the GS 350 all-wheel-drive.

The GS 350’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 303 horsepower and 274 foot-pounds of torque. A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission allows manual shifting when desired.

The Lexus GS combines proven chassis systems with advanced dynamic handling technology to provide agile handling and the Lexus trademark smooth ride. The double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension virtually eliminate unwanted wheel-angle changes during suspension movement.

2009 GS 350 models are equipped with vehicle stability control with traction control. The system can be disengaged when the situation warrants doing so.

The adaptive front lighting system is optional and helps illuminate a curve as the driver steers into it.

Ultra-premium wood, polished-metal accents and leather trim endow the GS interior with a lavish yet high-precision feel. Touch points convey quality and controls that respond fluidly. The customer can choose from among three interior leather color combinations. Each combination includes a matching wood and leather-trim steering wheel and shift knob.

Base model estimated mpg: 19 city/27 highway

Estimated starting price: $44,850

LEXUS IS F

The Lexus IS F high-performance sedan is the first production model to wear the brand’s new “F” marque. Introduced in 2008, the IS F gains a revised instrument-panel center cluster and striking new black/terra cotta two-tone interior trim for 2009.

Additional interior trim enhancements include a new piano black finish for the center cluster and illuminated outside mirror controls.

The Lexus IS F is exclusively powered by a performance-tuned 5.0-liter V-8 engine teamed to an eight-speed sport direct-shift transmission. The IS F engine produces 416 horsepower and 371 foot-pounds of peak torque.

The world’s first eight-speed sport direct-shift automatic transmission combines the performance characteristics of an automated manual-type transmission with the smoothness and refinement of a planetary-type automatic transmission. As a result, the driver can choose between ultra-quick manual shifts for performance driving and smooth automatic shifts when convenience is the top priority.

The Lexus IS F is based on the robust IS platform, which was engineered from the start to allow a high dynamic envelope. The stiff body structure and the rear subframe are connected through several reinforcements. Much of the IS F development took place at racetracks around the world.

Base model estimated mpg: 16 city/23 highway

Estimated starting price: $56,610

LEXUS LX 570

Lexus introduced the all-new, more powerful, more capable and more luxurious LX 570 premium luxury utility vehicle for model year 2008. A new optional luxury package and other enhancements for 2009 help keep this eight-passenger model at the top of its segment.

New semi-aniline leather-trimmed seating and bubinga wood trim give the LX 570 an even more luxurious look and feel inside. A new cool box for beverages adds convenience, and a new SmartCard key enhances vehicle security. Elegant exterior design is accented for 2009 with new liquid graphite finish for the standard 20-inch wheels and a new exterior color, costa azul mica.

The LX 570’s 5.7-liter V-8 delivers the punch and towing power demanded in this segment. The new, high-tech power plant produces 383 horsepower and peak torque of 403 foot-pounds. Crucial to LX customers who tow with their vehicles, 90 percent of peak torque is available at just 2,200 rpm.

The LX 570’s highly capable chassis is equipped with an advanced suspension system. Body-on-frame construction provides ruggedness and durability in extreme driving conditions, plus impressive towing capability and ride isolation characteristics. Towing capacity is 8,500 pounds.

Base model estimated mpg: 12 city/18 highway

Estimated starting price: $75,705

LINCOLN MKS

Lincoln MKS is the all-new Lincoln luxury flagship, a dynamic and elegant vision of the Lincoln design DNA that is meticulously crafted with exclusive materials.

The most striking exterior design feature is the double-wing grille, inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental. Key design cues include the sculpted hood and fast-raked windshield, which forms a sleek roofline. The broad-shouldered Lincoln MKS also features a beltline that kicks up slightly over the rear wheels, another modern tribute to classic Lincoln design.

The MKS offers best-in-class interior volume of 105.9 cubic feet and best-in-class luggage space of 18.4 cubic feet, nearly four times larger than some competitors.

New comfort seats feature side-bolster support designed for spirited driving. The standard heated and cooled, 12-way power driver and front passenger seats offer four-way lumbar support for added comfort on long trips.

The Lincoln MKS is powered by a new 3.7-liter V-6 engine. This powertrain has been derived from the proven 3.5-liter V-6 found in the Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ, which was voted one of Ward’s 10 best engines for 2007.

Base model estimated mpg: 17 city/24 highway

Estimated starting price: $37,665

LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

The Lincoln Navigator’s commanding design brings a unique elegance and an unrivaled presence to the full-size luxury utility segment. Navigator’s frame and independent suspension deliver superior ride and handling while its acoustic windshield, thicker glass and “tuned” mirrors contribute to Navigator’s “whisper quiet” interior.

Lincoln Navigator continues to chart its own path, offering confident ride and handling, outstanding comfort and craftsmanship and class-leading capability.

For 2009, Lincoln continues to simplify the packaging of Navigator, making standard many previously-optional features. Standard items now include: power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, PowerFold third-row seats, front park-assist sensors, EasyFuel capless fuel filler, rain-sensing wipers, perimeter anti-theft alarm, integrated four-button key fob, rear-view camera, Lincoln SYNC and a 14-speaker THX II-Certified audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio.

The Monochrome Limited Edition Package for 2009 features body-color exterior accents including lower grille, lower bodyside cladding and power folding heated memory mirrors with puddle lamps.

The Elite Package includes the moonroof, navigation system, power running boards, rear-seat entertainment system and the rear-view camera.

Power is provided by Lincoln’s 5.4-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that generates 300 horsepower and 365 foot-pounds of torque.

Base model estimated mpg: 12 city/18 highway

Estimated starting price: $49,795


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