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Mid and Full-Size Sedans
2009: What’s New In Mid- And Full-Size Sedans By Brian Alexander, Content Editor
2009 Jaguar XF
In the modern autoscape, the big battles are fought in the mid- and full-size sedan segments. Year after year, this is where vital sales numbers are posted and where they achievement of high quality ratings warrants serious celebration. In short, the family sedan segment is to the automotive industry what high fructose corn syrup is to America’s soft drink tycoons, what hamburgers are to the fast food pushers – more than just a leg to stand on, these vehicles represent the bedrock-anchored pillars that hold up the fort. Here’s what 2009 has on offer for the industry’s most embattled sector.
2009 Hyundai Genesis
2009 Volkswagen CC
The top-end of the luxury sedan market is dominated by leather-clad, high-horsepower luxo-cruisers. Mercedes-Benz’s now iconic CLS550 and blisteringly powerful CLS63 AMG get a very minor update, with LED taillights, trapezoidal exhausts, a new front-grille and a host of other features only the truly obsessive will notice. Jaguar’s all-new XF backs up its contemporary styling with a solid, dynamic chassis and fantastic automatic transmission, but the real story will be the 5.0-liter, supercharged XFR that will make its debut sometime later in the year. A key competitor will be Cadillac’s bombastic 556 hp CTS-V. With a torque curve as flat as the kitchen table, adjustable magnetic suspension and brakes that would make Isaac Newton reconsider his hypotheses on inertia, the CTS-V has the muscle to go toe-to-toe with the best of the world’s super sedans. Only serious hooligans need apply.
The full-size, no expenses spared premium luxury landscape will look much the same in 2009 as it did in 2008, with the exception of BMW’s 750i. BMW is abandoning its 4.8-liter V-8 in favor of a more powerful, torque-laden twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, as well as incorporating more conventional exterior styling in place of the old seven’s, er, controversial outer shell. Alongside BMW’s flagship full-sizer comes Hyundai’s bid in the luxury market. One more time, just in case you missed it – Hyundai’s bid in the luxury market. The 2009 Hyundai Genesis has flipped the luxury segment on it’s head, beating back a torrent of skepticism and delivering on its promise of Lexus allure below the magical $40k mark. Acura’s, all-wheel drive RL gets a refresh rather than the full-on overhaul, with a more powerful V-6 engine as well as revised suspension and styling.
In the world of mid-size luxury performance sedans, the competition is equally fierce. Acura has given the TL a complete overhaul, and while opinion on the new front fascia remains divided, equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive the TL now boasts to be Acura’s most powerful model to date. And yes, that’s the same Acura that produced the now legendary NSX....
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