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2011 Chrysler 300 Preview


Source: MotorAuthority.com

America’s love for big and brawny rear-wheel drive sedans is taking a new step with the introduction of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300, which has been revealed today in full ahead of its sales launch early next year. The car has already been previewed in teaser form, as well as in previous spy shots, but today we finally get to see it in full production trim, confirming that its styling will be shared with the recently revealed 2011 Chrysler 200.

Pricing for the base model 2011 Chrysler 300 equipped with a V-6 is expected to start at a reasonable $28,000, while the more powerful 300C with a V-8 heart will set you back around $38,000.

The V-6 is Chrysler’s now familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar, which in the new 300 Touring and Limited models will deliver 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 powered 300C, equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi, should deliver around 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. A high-performance SRT8 model, complete with the new 6.4-liter Hemi from the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and all 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, should also be launched.

Rear-wheel drive will be standard, while an all-wheel drive option with an active transfer case and seamless disconnecting front axle will be available as an option. The high-tech disconnecting front axle should net a fuel saving of around 5 percent in the all-wheel drive models. The steering is handled with an electro-hydraulic system.

Inside, owners will find improved materials all ‘round, heated and cooled seats and cupholders and an optional 8.4 inch infotainment screen backed by Garmin's navigation software. Other options will include 20 inch wheels, a dual-pane sunroof and a premium sound system.

Look out for the world debut of the 2011 Chrysler 300 at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month.

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2011 CHRYSLER 300

By Drew Johnson

Following a plethora of spy shots and teaser images, we have our first official look at Chrysler’s upcoming 2011 300 sedan. The heavily revised 300 is expected to make its official debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show.

As Chrysler did with 2011 200, the automaker has also launched a site for the 2011 300, and thanks to Motor Trend, we have several images to share.

Like its Dodge Charger platform mate, the new 300 looks to be a very thorough facelift, leaving elements of the current design somewhat intact. The interior is clearly vastly improved, addressing what was often the biggest complaint with the vehicle.

A new front end looks like it will tone down the Bentley influences in favor of something a bit more chiseled and modern, and clearly has familial ties with its little brother 200 sedan.

The side sills have been reworked, and there are visible changes to the side window profile. The small triangle at the rear-side window is gone, resulting in an enlarged glass area, but a thin pillar appears to reduce the size of the roll-down portion of the side glass.

The rear-end gets new LED tail-lights, a reshaped trunk lid, and a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust tips which are more a part of the rear styling.

Underpinning the next 300 will be Chrysler’s new LY architecture — essentially a heavy rework of the current LX chassis. However, some current components will be carried over. Fiat is said be planning future cars on the LY platform as well.

In order to improve fuel economy, look for the next 300 to feature improved aerodynamics, axle ratios and drivetrains. At the heart of the improvements will be Chrysler’s all-new Pentastar V6 engines. The new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 will replace both V6s currently offered in the LX cars, improving both fuel economy and performance. The new Pentastar V6 should pack about 290 horsepower while offering close to 30mpg on the highway.

Although an eight-speed automatic transmission is planned for the LY cars, the 2011 300 will have to make due with a five-speed unit.

For those wanting more power, Chrysler’s familiar 5.7L HEMI V8 will be on offer, generating 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L-equipped 300 is expected to hit 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. A more powerful 6.4L V8 will eventually join the lineup.

Watch for the new 300 to fully bow early next year, with an on-sale date shortly thereafter. The 300 is expected to list from $28,000 with the Pentastar V6, with the V8 ringing the register for $38,000.



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Looks bland and quite uninspired. =(

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2011 Chrysler 300 offers new styling, more refinement

The windshield is more raked than the previous model, and the front of the car wears the new face of Chrysler, a redesigned Chrysler-brand grille.

Roger Hart

AutoWeek -- December 6, 2010 - 1:45 pm ET

When Chrysler launched the 300 back in 2004, the car's bold design stunned the automotive world. The rear-drive flagship had an in-your-face presence that few full-sized American sedans had pulled off in years. That it looked like a Bentley didn't hurt.

The last car created under the direction of Chrysler design chief Tom Gale was perfect for those with champagne tastes with a budget. The public loved it, buying 113,000 cars in the first partial year, more than 140,000 in the next two years and more than 120,000 in 2007.

With Daimler long gone, the new Chrysler, now run by Fiat, is hoping that lightning will strike again with the 2011 Chrysler 300, which will debut in January at the Detroit auto show.

This new 300 is a more refined version of its predecessor, with a far more buttoned-up, tailored look, especially at the rear. The windshield is more raked, and the front of the car wears the new face of Chrysler, with a redesigned Chrysler-brand grille and badge. The headlights are rimmed by C-shaped LED daytime running lamps.

Lower height, better mpg

The interior has been redesigned to create an upscale appearance. The previous model was often criticized for its budget-looking interior.

The redesigned suspension geometry lowers the car's ride height by several millimeters, and the car rides on 19-inch rubber. Twenty-inch wheels and tires are optional.

The 300 will be available with all-wheel drive, plus what Chrysler says is a segment-exclusive, an active transfer case and a front-axle disconnect that improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent. The system makes seamless transitions between rwd and awd with no driver intervention, the automaker says. When awd is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy.

The interior has received a redesign. The center stack is topped by a standard 8.4-inch touch screen for the navigation and infotainment systems, and the dual-zone climate controls. There also is a full-surround heated wood steering wheel, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, heated and cooled cupholders and a power-folding rear sunshade.

Added insulation, quieter ride

Although the styling looks similar to the 2010 model, every piece of sheet metal has been changed.

Chrysler engineers promise a quieter ride than the previous generation 300 with the addition of two composite underbody panels that provide more than eight feet of acoustic insulation. Additionally, the automaker added a dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, doors with triple seals, and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin.

Under the hood in the Touring and Limited models will be the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, making 292 horsepower, up 63 percent compared with the previous entry-level engine. Torque is rated at 260 pounds feet, a 36 percent boost.

The Chrysler 300C will have the 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which produces 390 pounds feet of torque.

There is no word on an SRT8 version -- yet.

The car will arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2011.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101206/OEM/101209873/1115#ixzz17NmFGKrW

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Chrysler engineers promise a quieter ride than the previous generation 300 with the addition of two composite underbody panels that provide more than eight feet of acoustic insulation. Additionally, the automaker added a dual-pane acoustic windshield and front-door side glass, body-cavity silencing foam, doors with triple seals, and acoustic wheel-well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin.

Cool...hopefully these improvements have added weight, get it up to at least 4200-4500 lbs w/ the V8.

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