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New for 2009-Jeep

New for 2009-Jeep

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
Critical Knowledge:
  • Commander gets next-generation 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine
  • Compass has new interior, reduced interior noise
  • Grand Cherokee gets next-generation 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine
  • Grand Cherokee SRT8 adds more leather trim and reconfigurable display with Performance Pages
  • Liberty's brakes, steering and suspension are retuned
  • Patriot gets revised interior, reduced interior noise
  • Wrangler adds standard Hill Start Assist, optional Trailer Sway Control
  • Wrangler Unlimited adds standard Hill Start Assist, optional Trailer Sway Control
Jeep models:
2009 Jeep Commander
Headlining 2009 news for the Jeep Commander is the next generation of the reborn 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Horsepower increases from 330 to 357, and torque is up from 375 to 389 lb.-ft. Jeep says the new Hemi also gets better fuel economy. In other news, the Commander is now offered with auto-leveling high-intensity discharge headlights, new wheel options, and a Leather Appearance package that includes a leather wrap on the upper front and rear door bolsters, center console lid, and front door grab handles, as well as chrome rings around the instrument panel face vents, and a modified 2-piece shift knob. Map pockets are also added to the available leather seats, and the available rear DVD entertainment system gets a 9-inch screen (up from 8 inches). Like other Jeep products, the MyGIG hard-drive radio changes its name to UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS when ordered with a navigation system. The hard drive also grows from 20 to 30 gigabytes of memory.

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2009 Jeep Compass
For 2009, Jeep has reworked the Compass' interior, giving it a new instrument panel, dashboard, and center console; chrome accents for the air vents, shift bezel, door spears and instruments; padded armrests on the doors and center console; LED lighting for the cupholders; and a carpeted rear load floor. All models get revised exhaust tuning and more sound deadening to reduce noise, while the Sport model's suspension is retuned for a smoother ride. With the continuously variable automatic transmission, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine can be ordered in a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) version. Jeep's UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio and UConnect GPS hard-drive radio with navigation system are now offered. Other changes are minor and involve equipment shuffling in the various option packages.

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2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered with the next generation of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Horsepower is up from 330 to 357, and torque rises from 375 to 389 lb.-ft. Jeep says the new Hemi also gets better fuel economy. A new Leather Appearance package includes a leather wrap on the upper front and rear door bolsters, the center console lid, and front door grab handles, as well as chrome rings around the instrument panel face vents, and a modified 2-piece shift knob. The instrument panel adds tire-pressure monitor and fuel saver readouts, while the available rear DVD entertainment system's viewing screen grows form 8 to 9 inches. The MyGIG hard-drive radio changes its name to UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS when ordered with a navigation system. The hard drive also grows from 20 to 30 gigabytes of memory.

The high-performance SRT8 version of the Grand Cherokee adds leather on the upper front and rear door bolsters, armrests and instrument hood. Also, the rear windows can now be opened remotely from the key fob, and the dashboard adds the SRT-exclusive reconfigurable display with Performance Pages. This feature can provide readouts of lateral and longitudinal G forces, 1/8- and 1/4-mile time and speed, 0-60 mph time, and braking distance.

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2009 Jeep Liberty
The Jeep Liberty was redesigned for 2008, and for 2009 the steering, suspension and brakes are retuned for a more pleasant driving experience. The rear axle shafts are stiffer and the suspension is revised for better handling, according to Jeep. The company also says a retuned steering gear improves response, while a retuned brake booster, new low rollback calipers, and a revised brake pedal ratio improve brake pedal feel.

In other Liberty news, the manual transmission is dropped, floor mats and Sirius satellite radio are standard, and Jeep has shuffled equipment in the various packages. Like other Jeep models, the MyGIG hard-drive radio is now called UConnect Tunes and UConnect GPS when ordered with a navigation system. Its hard drive is also bigger, with 30 gigabytes of memory versus 20 gigs in 2008. Finally, the Limited model gets a dark gray interior with more leather trim.

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2009 Jeep Patriot
Like its Compass sibling, the 2009 Jeep Patriot has a reworked interior, with a new instrument panel, dashboard and center console; chrome accents for the air vents and shift bezel; padded armrests on the doors and center console; LED lighting for the cupholders; and a carpeted rear load floor. The top-line Limited model also adds chrome accents on the instrument panel and door spears. All models get revised exhaust tuning and more sound-deadening to reduce noise, while the Sport model's suspension is retuned for a smoother ride. With the continuously variable automatic transmission, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine can be ordered in a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) version. Jeep's UConnect Tunes hard-drive radio and UConnect GPS hard-drive radio with navigation system are now offered. Other changes are minor and involve equipment shuffling in the various option packages.

Get more information on the 2009 Jeep Patriot
2009 Jeep Wrangler
Model year changes for the 2009 Jeep Wrangler are minor. The biggest news is in safety features: Hill Start Assist becomes standard and Trailer Sway Control is now included with the towing package. Manual transmission models now earn an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating. The 2009 Jeep Wrangler also gets a drop-in bin for the center console and storage nets for the side of the center console. Jeep's MyGIG hard-drive radio and navigation system changes its name to UConnect GPS for 2009 and gets more memory (30 gigabytes versus 20).

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited gets the same 2009 changes as the 2-door Wrangler. Hill Start Assist becomes standard and Trailer Sway Control is now included with the towing package. Manual transmission models now earn an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II) rating. A drop-in bin with coin slots is added to the center console and storage nets are added to the side of the center console. Jeep's MyGIG hard-drive radio and navigation system changes its name to UConnect GPS for 2009 and its memory grows from 20 to 30 gigabytes.br>
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