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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:21 PM

Chrysler News: Chrysler Shows A Plusher Side Of The 300


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Chrysler is moving on up with their new 300 by offering a new Luxury Series trim level that brings forth more plushness and luxury.

The outside of the 300 Luxury Series differs from other 300s with a unique platinum-chrome finish applied to the mesh grille in addition to the door handles, mirror caps and other various trim pieces. Nineteen or twenty-inch wheels complete the look.

Inside, the seats, dashboard, door panels and center console are wrapped in Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather upholstery. The steering wheel is also wrapped in the same upholstery and is featured with metal paddle shifters and a unique chrome accent ring. The floor is lined with 18-ounce Berber mats. Topping it all off is matte natural pore mocha wood trim.

Pricing for the 300 Luxury Series begins at $40,970 for the Pentastar V6 and $43,720 for the HEMI V8. Want AWD? That raises prices to $43,320 for the V6 and $46,070 the V8. (All prices include an $825 destination charge.)

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All-new Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Sedan: The Most Luxurious and Fuel-efficient Chrysler Flagship Ever

  • All-new 300 Luxury Series expands the 2012 Chrysler 300 lineup with more personality, style and efficiency
  • Exclusive Luxury Series appointments include ultra-premium leather, hand-sanded matte wood, world-class craftsmanship and refinement – all to deliver the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
  • Chrysler 300 is the first domestic luxury sedan to feature a state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Best-in-class 31 highway miles per gallon (mpg) and best-in-class all-wheel-drive fuel economy with eight-speed automatic transmission and award-winning 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter aluminum Pentastar® V-6 engine
  • Chrysler 300 Luxury Series models start at $40,145 and arrive in the first-quarter of 2012
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Dec 27, 2011 - Designed to be the most luxurious and fuel-efficient Chrysler flagship sedan ever, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series combines ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars – with world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features and eight-speed automatic transmission with Pentastar® V-6 engine for 31 best-in-class highway mpg.

"The new 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Edition is more than just our flagship car, it's the trophy for the tireless majority, an automobile designed and built to meet the most discerning of expectations,” said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It's fitted with a paddle shifting eight-speed transmission found only on cars twice its cost, dressed with the highest grade Italian Poltrona Frau leather and finished with hand sanded real wood found only in exotic cars – all to deliver a surprising combination of hyper craftsmanship, style, technology and ‘uber’ best-in-class fuel economy at 31 mpg.”

The new 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series expands the Chrysler flagship sedan lineup further with a fuel-efficient V-6 engine option, in addition to the top-of-the-range Chrysler 300C Luxury Series sedan with its powerful 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology.

World-class luxury with expressive styling details
The all-new Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series are the most highly appointed sedans the brand has ever offered.

Exclusive interior features found on the Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series sedans include either Black or Mochachino Poltrona Frau® “Foligno” leather-wrapped instrument panel, cluster brow, center console side panels and upper front- and rear-door panels. Premium Nappa leather covers the door armrest, bolster and center console armrest. Black or two-tone Mochachino seats are wrapped exclusively in supple Nappa leather and include 12-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats (including four-way power lumbar) with two-mode ventilation and two-mode heated seats for both front and rear passengers. Black or two-tone Mochachino leather-wrapped steering wheel — with all-new die-cast paddle shifters — features a unique chrome accent ring to highlight the segment-exclusive 360-degree heated rim. Completing the interior environment is specially selected Natural Pore Mocha wood trim featuring a matte finish to enhance the beauty of the real wood.

On the exterior, large 20-inch polished face (rear-wheel drive (RWD) only, 19-inch with all-wheel drive (AWD) and painted pocket aluminum wheels, provide the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series sedans with an even more planted and road-holding look. Platinum chrome fascia accents, exterior mirror caps and door handle accents provide an even more upscale look. Topping off the unique exterior is a platinum-chrome finished grille surround with platinum-chrome mesh grille for a truly distinctive appearance.

Premium amenities include the segment’s largest touchscreen infotainment system (8.4-inch) Uconnect® Touch 8.4N with Garmin® navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link, LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable color EVIC, power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade, premium 18-ounce Berber floor mats satin chrome lower door sills with “Chrysler” logo, dual heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lit foot well lighting, LED illuminated interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, premium carpeted trunk mat, HomeLink universal transceiver and power exterior mirrors with memory, driver mirror auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.

Available in RWD or with the segment’s most advanced AWD system, the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series models arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the first-quarter of 2012. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (including $825 destination) of these Chrysler 300 models is:
  • Chrysler 300 Luxury Series (RWD) $40,145
  • Chrysler 300 Luxury Series (AWD) $42,495
  • Chrysler 300C Luxury Series (RWD) $42,895
  • Chrysler 300C Luxury Series (AWD) $45,245
Democratization of technology: segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission
Once available only on premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is the first domestic luxury sedan to feature an eight-speed automatic transmission. This new segment-exclusive ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel-efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series and delivers class-leading fuel efficiency with respect to:
  • Best-in-class highway fuel economy (31 highway mpg)
  • Best-in-class V-6 AWD fuel economy (18 city and 27 highway mpg)
  • Best-in-class combined fuel economy (23 with RWD, 21 with AWD)
  • Unsurpassed city fuel economy (19 city mpg RWD, 18 mpg AWD)
  • Overall unsurpassed fuel economy in its class (19 city and 31 highway mpg with RWD)
The addition of three more gear ratios in the proven ZF eight-speed automatic transmission design help to reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting. Combined with the award-winning 292 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, passengers will experience world-class levels of refinement due to small, evenly spaced ratios that provide quicker acceleration and smoother shifts.

Delivering up to a 17 percent fuel economy improvement compared with the previous generation six-cylinder Chrysler 300 AWD models, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series AWD combines the new eight-speed automatic transmission, fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the segment’s most advanced AWD system for maximum all-weather traction and efficiency.

Chrysler 300’s AWD system (both V-6 and V-8 engines) features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Chrysler 300’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in RWD sedans.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:21 PM

i love the subtle details like the grill, the mirros. but i am in LOVE with the interior. the two toned leather, the contrasting stitching, but the real wood trim takes the cake. it dont get any better then this boys! the attention to detail is amazing
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:22 PM

They should lop off 'Luxury Edition' and put Imperial in its place. This car is totally deserving of being called a 300 Imperial. It'd also build some real cachet for the Imperial brand and potentially lead to a completely new luxury sedan called the Imperial in the future.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:52 PM

:wub:

Love the look of the house in the background also. Is this the same as the 'Executive' series that was previously announced, or above that?
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:03 PM

Nice car!
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:07 PM

They should lop off 'Luxury Edition' and put Imperial in its place. This car is totally deserving of being called a 300 Imperial. It'd also build some real cachet for the Imperial brand and potentially lead to a completely new luxury sedan called the Imperial in the future.


They should do a LWB version w/ some different lighting and grille as an Imperial. The previous generation had a commerical-use LWB version.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:15 PM

Absolutely love this trim level. I especially like the matte wood.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:19 PM

They should lop off 'Luxury Edition' and put Imperial in its place. This car is totally deserving of being called a 300 Imperial. It'd also build some real cachet for the Imperial brand and potentially lead to a completely new luxury sedan called the Imperial in the future.

Absolutely!
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:31 PM

This is totally the car I would get if I were back in the market again for a lux sedan. Unfortunatly (sorta) the next vehicle will either have to be a truck or small CUV for Albert and I get the CR-V for a work vehicle.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 10:12 PM

I really like this new trim level. It looks extremely luxurious. Love the interior, from the color scheme to the hand sanded wood to the high grade leather. It looks like a modern take on old world luxury.

I also really like the dark brown, combined with the grill, satin mirrors and the very nice wheels it looks properly luxurious.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 10:44 PM

I've been bitching about the 'buried in plastic' wood in modern cars for a decade now- so nice to see actual texture making it's way back!
I like a number of the details here, but I would vote for more separation of features/details before using the nameplate Imperial again.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 11:38 PM

Wow! Nice.....
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:07 AM

Puts Cadillac to shame when versed against the Xtra Too Skinny. Plusher than a Lincoln My Kar Sux. Conclusion: this is the nicest American luxury sedan on the market.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:26 AM

Nice! Love the interior.

What's the difference between the funky gearshift and the gated one, btw?
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 08:43 AM

I've been bitching about the 'buried in plastic' wood in modern cars for a decade now- so nice to see actual texture making it's way back!
I like a number of the details here, but I would vote for more separation of features/details before using the nameplate Imperial again.


When did the wood in cars last have texture? (outside of Rolls and Jaguar)
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:48 AM

Nice! Love the interior.

What's the difference between the funky gearshift and the gated one, btw?


one is for the 6 speed auto the other is for the 8 speed i believe. i dont know how each one FUNCTIONS differently tho.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:49 AM

Can't believe they still make this hideous thing. Time to euthanize!
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:54 AM

Can't believe they still make this hideous thing. Time to euthanize!

im sorry but are you blind? what would you consider an elegant car?
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:58 AM

The high end ones really turn my eye.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:32 AM

When did the wood in cars last have texture? (outside of Rolls and Jaguar)


Well, you know me & my preferred frame of reference... :rolleyes:
My '64 GP has a real nice, natural texture on it's American Walnut trim. Dash, steering wheel, shift gate. Nice.
To answer your question; from the cars & pics I've seen... the '60s is the last time there was a tactile feel to automotive wood.
'66 Eldorado had it, but I believe Cadillac went to plood by '67. Pontiac did too, I believe.

Most today are as plastically-smooth as glass- defeats half of the purpose of wood in a car, which is look & feel.
There's more attention to the feel of plastic in an interior today than of wood. Ass-backwards.
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