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First Look: 2008 Chrysler 300
A Classic with Stunning Design, Exhilarating Performance and Sophisticated Interior
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Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2007 - Loaded with premium features, stunning Chrysler design, fuel-saving technology and abundant standard safety features, the 2008 Chrysler 300 continues to make everything else on the road seem ordinary.
The dramatic exterior design of the Chrysler 300 has been refreshed for 2008 with minor changes to the front and rear fascias and tailamps and a new rear deck lid that incorporates an SRT-inspired integrated spoiler and relocated high-mounted stop light. However, the classic proportions of long hood, short deck and dramatic profile remain to give the Chrysler 300 its continued award-winning, stunning presence for 2008.

The sophisticated interior design of the Chrysler 300 has been enhanced for 2008 with a new instrument panel and center console design, highlighted with satin silver bezels. Soft-touch surfaces on arm rests and door panels, and a newly designed and relocated cruise control stalk, add to the comfortable interior. Available light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in the front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets provide additional driver convenience.

New entertainment and communications options on the 2008 Chrysler 300 include a Boston Acoustics eight-speaker 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system, SIRIUS Backseat TV™ and MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System with optional navigation.

In addition, seat-mounted air bags have been added to the front and rear side-curtain air bags for increased driver and passenger safety.

The 5.7-liter HEMI®-powered Chrysler 300C offers a "Fuel Saver Mode" display, included as part of the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) that tells drivers when they are in four-cylinder mode, allowing them to modify their driving habits for improved fuel efficiency.

New technologies and exterior and interior refinements continue to offer Chrysler 300 customers an elegant, confidence-inspiring vehicle at an exceptional value.

2008 CHRYSLER 300: WHAT'S NEW FOR 2008
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Exterior:
  • Three new exterior colors: Clearwater Blue Pearl Coat, Dark Titanium Metallic Clear Coat and Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat replace Marine Blue Pearl Coat, Linen Gold and Silver Steel Metallic
  • Exterior refresh including front and rear fascias and grille, and new bodyside molding, taillamp design and deck lid
Interior:
  • Interior refresh including redesigned instrument panel, instrument cluster, center console and door trim panels
  • Available adaptive cruise control (Chrysler 300C)
  • Faux wood interior accents (Chrysler 300 Limited)
  • iPod interface added to UConnect® module
  • LED lighting in front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets (included in Luxury package on Chrysler 300 Limited, standard on Chrysler 300C)
  • New interior color combinations of Dark Khaki/Light Graystone and Dark Slate Gray
  • New cloth seat material
  • New speed control stalk
  • Upgraded soft-touch surfaces on arm rests, center console and door trim
Electrical:
  • New radio options
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio (standard)
  • AM/FM/6CD/DVD/MP3 radio (option)
  • MyGIG, a cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system with available navigation
  • Boston Acoustics eight-speaker 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound amplifier including subwoofer (option on Chrysler 300C)
  • Rear-seat Video Entertainment System (VES™) includes SIRIUS Backseat TV and one-year subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Video (available on Chrysler 300 Touring Executive Series, 300 Limited and 300C models)
  • Remote start (option on Chrysler 300 Limited, standard on Chrysler 300C)

Powertrain/Chassis:
  • New 17-inch wheel covers (standard on Chrysler 300 LX)
  • New 17-inch machined face aluminum wheels (standard on Chrysler 300 Touring)
  • "Fuel Saver Mode" display (standard on Chrysler 300C)

Safety and Security:
  • Power adjustable pedals (now standard on Chrysler 300 Limited)
  • Side-curtain and seat-mounted side air bags (standard on Chrysler 300 Great American package and available on remaining models)
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp (now standard on Chrysler 300 LX model)

New Packages:
Luxury Group package: Includes sun roof; Boston Acoustics six-speaker, 276-watt DSP Amp speaker system; MyGIG Entertainment System with AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 radio; California Walnut wood accent on steering wheel, door pulls and interior trim; remote start; LED-illuminated front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets; SmartBeam™ headlamp control system and rain-sensing windshield wipers (available on Chrysler 300 Limited)

Luxury Equipment Group II package: Includes adaptive cruise control, mirrors with supplemental turn signals and puddle lamps, passenger side auto-dimming mirror, heated rear seats and California Walnut wood trim (available on Chrysler 300C)


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If I squint a tiny bit & and walk three blocks away it ALMOST looks different.

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something is up with at *least* that front 3/4 pic..

it's a photoshop of the same pic used in this 2006 300C review. Even the oil stains on the asphalt are the same.

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The new interior is worse... HVAC and radio controls are better, but the wood is gross. They also got rid of the piece that connects the stack and console, which was a big mistake.

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Hmmm..I see nothing different about the front end...at the rear, the taillight detail is different and the decklid now has the brake light and a lip. The wheels even look the same.

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The new interior is worse... HVAC and radio controls are better, but the wood is gross. They also got rid of the piece that connects the stack and console, which was a big mistake.

I'm assuming (and hoping) that the wood pictured is the faux wood and not the real stuff. The part that connects the center stack to teh console is gone...but it's not uncommon...the Lucerne and Tahoe are the same way for example. I dunno if I like it better or not...but of the interior materials are improved that's what counts...although I thought they werepretty good to begin with. Adaptive Cruise Control sounds cool.

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That interior still looks like crap. Typical Chrysler look of cheapness.

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I don't like the new plood...it looks terribly cheap.

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I don't like the new plood...it looks terribly cheap.

But think of the turtles!

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There isn't a Chrysler product I like. There hasn't been for a long time.

And oooh--they added two new interior shades of gray to choose from! Wow, I always dreamed of seeing a gray interior on a Chrysler product!! [/sarcasm]

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I'm assuming (and hoping) that the wood pictured is the faux wood and not the real stuff. The part that connects the center stack to teh console is gone...but it's not uncommon...the Lucerne and Tahoe are the same way for example. I dunno if I like it better or not...but of the interior materials are improved that's what counts...although I thought they werepretty good to begin with. Adaptive Cruise Control sounds cool.

Perhaps it is fake, it certainly looks it. The part between the center stack and console has no reason to be gone. The same problem plagues the STS (see the Chinese SLS interior for how much better it looks when they appear to be one piece). The Lucerne and Tahoe both offer bench seats, and the Tahoe is really a truck, anyways. That's why they aren't connected. The Lucerne at least tries to smooth out the transition as well as possible... this is just like the STS... a 90* angle.

Adaptive Cruise Control is cool until you learn that it costs about $2k (in most cases).

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Perhaps it is fake, it certainly looks it. The part between the center stack and console has no reason to be gone.

It's probably not connected because the Charger and Magnum police package models don't have a center console (at least not a regular one).

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still looks like poopoo inside. who wants to drive around in a toilet?

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Perhaps it is fake, it certainly looks it. The part between the center stack and console has no reason to be gone. The same problem plagues the STS (see the Chinese SLS interior for how much better it looks when they appear to be one piece). The Lucerne and Tahoe both offer bench seats, and the Tahoe is really a truck, anyways. That's why they aren't connected. The Lucerne at least tries to smooth out the transition as well as possible... this is just like the STS... a 90* angle.

Adaptive Cruise Control is cool until you learn that it costs about $2k (in most cases).

Well, I didn't say the new design was better :P

However, contrary to what some of the bias ignoramuses may think, there are elements of improvement...there's a lot more detailing than there was in the old one...I'd like to see it without the wood and two-tone...but I think it's an improvement overall. It's not the most creative interior, but there's plenty worse out there.

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I was gonna play the LEGO card for the interior but Ford does LEGO better on its trucks. This is more like knockoff Mega-blocks.

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There is no excuse for a non-flowing console from anyone due to a bench seat. The LaCrosse seamlessly flows from console to stack. So did the Century/Regal. If its part of the intended design, that's one thing.

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There is no excuse for a non-flowing console from anyone due to a bench seat. The LaCrosse seamlessly flows from console to stack. So did the Century/Regal. If its part of the intended design, that's one thing.

As did the Intrepid.

The Concorde's console didn't flow however.

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The only different in the front end is on V-6 models. They all get the 300 C headlamps that dip down at its ends. The rear taillamps are a bit different, and thats about it.

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still looks like sh1t inside. who wants to drive around in a toilet?

Explain...?

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The new non-flowing console definitely sucks, and it's actually part of the entire dash, which makes me wonder if the materials quality were changed... you know, to keep it in line with the Patriots, Commanders, Sebrings, and Grand Caravans out there.

I still think they should make a CLS-style 4-door "coupe" out of it. It will be a lot prettier than the Challenger. Anyone remember the swoopy 300M or Concorde??

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The new non-flowing console definitely sucks, and it's actually part of the entire dash, which makes me wonder if the materials quality were changed... you know, to keep it in line with the Patriots, Commanders, Sebrings, and Grand Caravans out there.

I still think they should make a CLS-style 4-door "coupe" out of it. It will be a lot prettier than the Challenger. Anyone remember the swoopy 300M or Concorde??

Considering I see them all the time, yes :P

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Wow, imagine this.....the wood looks 1000 times better in a picture without the high saturation effect:

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They fixed the only thing on the dash that I think it really needed......which was something across the passenger side of the dash. However, I don't like wood, so I would prefer the fake carbon fiber, or fake aluminum (painted plastic) that they will probably put there on cars without wood.

Well, here's the Touring Signature Series without wood. The only thing I with they would have done here was make the door pulls a contrasting color or material.....but other than that the center console and dash look good without wood:

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Source www.wkjeeps.com

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Give Chrysler some time....they just got out from the money sucking Germans....

check out the 08 Grand Cherokee's interior

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