2011 Chrysler 300: Swagger, part two

10 Jan 2011 | 1,200 views | No Comment
      By Don Hammonds
If ever there was a car that hit the road with swagger, it was
Chrysler's 300. The first generation marked the return of the American
Full-Size Sedan, with a design that called to mind one of Chrysler's old slogans: Beautiful Brute.
     Well, for its second act the "Brute" has donned a tuxedo. 
 
Understated, elegant and oozing class, the 2011 300 hit the show floor at the North American International Auto Show, showing the media in attendance that it has been updated from top to bottom.  It will hit showrooms in Spring, 2011.
“The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 is an icon of American ingenuity and symbolizes the greatness Detroit-designed vehicles offer the streets, highways and boulevards of the world,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC (shown in picture above). “From its premium materials, state-of-the-art connectivity features, new chassis architecture and best-in-class power, the all-new Chrysler 300 embodies the brand’s new attitude in every detail. And to ensure our all-new Chrysler flagship delivers more than unmistakably bold and powerful American style to our customers, the Chrysler 300 team benchmarked the craftsmanship, technology and refinement of the segment’s best sedans to deliver a new world-class quality and performance symbol at an attainable price.”
The new styling will bring back memories for those owners of the current generation model, but they will see that details have been sharpened up, formalized, and polished off to a fare-thee-well.
You will notice an all-new grille features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades, done in a liquid chrome finish and all topped off by a new design for the Chrysler badge.  Chrysler says the  headlights have a "key slot" design with a scalloped lower edge.
Around back, check out the more formal looking rear quarter views and striking vertical taillights. For improved aerodynamics and visibility, Chrysler raked back the car's windshield by three inches, and provided thinner door pillars to upgrade outward visibility by 15 percent.
But most people know that it's the interior that will make or break the new  300. 
Chrysler long had a problem  with mediocre interiors, but its newest models, the 200 and the updated Town &  Country, suggest things are definitely changing for the better, and the new 300 keeps that trend going.
The new 300 features available heated and ventilated Nappa leathr seats, lots of soft touch materials  greatly upgraded door trim,  and realo wood appliques on the  instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel.  The new 300 also features cast-skin instrument and door panels with three-dimensional dual gloss graining for a premium appearance and suppleness. Bright chrome contrasted with satin chrome accents give the sedan the appearance of milled aluminum. And to put Chrysler's take on the trend toward sexier interior lighting, the instrument cluseter has two large gauge faces with Sapphire Blue illumination and chrome ring accents. There's also an all-new Sapphire Blue LED-illuminated ambient interior lighting. The all-new 300 has a new second generation E-segment architecture with redesigned front- and rear-suspension geometry that company officials say will deliver world-class handling, and all-new premium suspension hardware for world-class refinement. There's an all-wheel drive version of the 300 that will go on sale as well.      One of the most important highlights of the new 300 and 300 Limited models is an all new 3.6 liter, 292 horsepower Pentastar V-6 that has fuel mileage ratings of 18 city/27 highway.   Of course, what's a Chrysler without a Hemi?  The latest 300 also offers a 363 horsepower, 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 that allows the car to hit 60 in less than six seconds.  Among the technological features you'll find on the new 300 are Uconnect® Touch, which  delivers the segment’s largest standard touchscreen radio (8.4-inch) and offers state-of-the-art connectivity, segment-leading Garmin® navigation with world-class functionality and SIRIUS Travel Link for real-time weather, fuel prices and more. New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring. Prices will start at $27,995 (including destination).

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