2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan makes its world premiere
By Grant Banks
January 13, 2011
The new Chrysler 300 made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week. The American auto giant's new flagship sedan features a more aerodynamic profile, distinctive LED-illuminated running lamps, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, luxurious interior and massive 8.4-inch Touch infotainment center.
The windshield on the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan has been raked back 3 inches for improved aerodynamics and rolled-framed doors along with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent according to Chrysler.
Under the hood of the Chrysler 300 and 300 Limited models is a 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which boasts 36 percent more torque (260 lb.-ft.) than the previous entry level 2.7 liter V6 and an improvement in fuel economy of up to 8 percent.
The more powerful Chrysler 300C variation packs a punchy 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 363 horsepower, 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds and gets fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway courtesy of "Fuel Saver Technology" which shifts between a high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and V-8 mode.
There's also an AWD Chrysler 300C which features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system which automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent.
The 300 has a Garmin navigation system onboard and its Uconnect Touch infotainment center features 8.4-inch touchscreen, while the SIRIUS Travel Link promises to keep the driver up-to-date with real-time weather reports and fuel prices.
New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.
The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan will arrive on showroom floors in Spring and are said to start at $27,995 for the standard 300 model. The 2011 Chrysler 300 Series will be available in the U.S in four models: Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD.