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January 13, 2011

The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan

The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan

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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 all-new 2011 Chrysler 300

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.

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15 Comments

I\'m not a fan of 4 door sedans but if I was this one would be it! They did a nice job of refining it and making it look good to me. :-)

mrhuckfin
13th January, 2011 @ 04:28 am PST

Looks pretty much like what they've been producing for Dodge. Doesn't seem terribly creative and, to me, lacks a sense of style. So many of these vehicles seem to look like armoured vehicles.

TheRogue1000
13th January, 2011 @ 06:13 am PST

it's been lancia'd a bit.if you've seen the latest lancia models you'll see a resemlance.some italian design hands involved in this facelift and thats not a bad thing.now if they'd slap a v12 ferrari in there and use carbon fiber body panels they'd leave caddy with its tongue hanging out.

Cowfy Kaufman
13th January, 2011 @ 07:38 am PST

Any automaker (or home builder for that matter) can slap a body on a platform. The level and sophistication of integration of form and function is the differentiator - especially in the upper mid-class market.

Additional items might be: connectivity, fuel choices, turbine/fuel-cell hybrid-drive, Infra-red/sonar/camera low-visibility assist and composite simulated vision, transparent TFT windshield with configurable heads-up icons for all functions, and a few more that are slowly making their way to the market.

Muraculous
13th January, 2011 @ 08:45 am PST

I'm still in love with the Cadillac CTS-V, but this is a VERY nice-looking vehicle inside and out! It's also adding a few safety features like bling spot monitoring that it and the Ford Taurus SHO have that the Cadillac doesn't.

alcalde
13th January, 2011 @ 10:54 am PST

"The windshield on the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan has been raked back 3 inches for improved aerodynamics.."

It seems to me that the vehicle needs much more improvement in aerodynamics. It also looks rather heavy. If a better Cd design was implemented, lighter materials and smaller engine were used, I am sure that the image of Chrysler being a luxury vehicle could be upheld.

Sloping of the front a bit more in the hood section and tapering the sides in the back just a bit might help.

Adrian Akau
13th January, 2011 @ 11:48 am PST

Why is this even in Gizmag? It is just another gasoline guzzling vehicle with a bunch of bells and whistles added. "and gets fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway" Oooh impressive. What are you kidding me? I have a 19 year old VW that gets 34 mph!

Facebook User
13th January, 2011 @ 02:36 pm PST

So ugly. This model is maybe attempt to take police's and emergency's cars market, like Crown Victoria. Sorrry for my english....I know.

Jérôme Dumais
13th January, 2011 @ 05:40 pm PST

Todd, Jerome, spot on,, my first though was it is butt ugly, then why have all that "fancy digital display stuff" and an ANALOGUE clock???,,, seems like hooey to me the wagon looked ok on the last generation

Bill Bennett
13th January, 2011 @ 07:30 pm PST

Make it a 2-door, and while you're at it [s]Chrysler[/s] Fiat, make a 2-door Charger! I can see having a 4-door 300 since some years in that model's past there were 4-door sedans, but the Charger is supposed to be a muscle car, a sporty car, which does not, should not ever include four doors. It was bad enough when the original revival of the 300 was a 4-door, but adding to the awful it was front drive. At least MoPar corrected *that* mistake.

I'm surprised they didn't make a 4-door Challenger too.

Since they own all the old Hudson, Nash, American Motors trademarks, I'd like to see the Hudson name revived on a 2-door coupe built in this RWD platform. It's nearly the same dimensions as the 1950's Hudson short wheelbase models. (Pacemaker and Wasp.) A bit shorter in height but around 1,000 pounds *heavier* than the Hudsons.

Make a new Hornet and get it into racing, push NASCAR back into REAL CARS instead of the tube framed baloney where they're all identical. There are many racing classes in other countries where they have to build the cars starting with a real car and the different makes really are different. It's especially entertaining in the classes where FWD, RWD and AWD cars compete in the same weight and engine size class.

NASCAR would gain a lot by going back to the STRICTLY STOCK it used to be over 50 years ago.

Facebook User
13th January, 2011 @ 08:20 pm PST

"the Charger is supposed to be a muscle car, a sporty car, which does not, should not ever include four doors. "

The Cadillac CTS-V sedan (and WAGON!) and Pontiac G8 would beg to differ.

alcalde
14th January, 2011 @ 05:29 pm PST

Certainly looks better than before but my 4 year old could draw a car that looks better than the last version. That car was just plan hideous, overwrought, and embarrassing to think that was the best design that Chrysler could come up with.

phydeaux
17th January, 2011 @ 08:44 am PST

Chrysler 300...

When it comes to style, american car manufacturers certainly are in a league of their own.... nice clock!

Davedorset
18th January, 2011 @ 03:08 am PST

The car's front and back are all but vertical. How can that be in any way aerodynamic?!

Neil
12th January, 2012 @ 08:37 pm PST

Looks like a modern Russian armoured car for the oligarch

Dawar Saify
16th January, 2012 @ 11:48 am PST
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