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Detroit Preview: 2011 Chrysler 300

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Detroit Preview: 2011 Chrysler 300

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Dec 20th 2010 at 12:58PM


It's been endlessly teased and occasionally spied, and now it's official: the 2011 Chrysler 300 has arrived ahead of its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

As we've seen before, the exterior of the 300 is even more audacious than it's predecessor, thanks to the liberal application of chrome below the headlamps, on the grille, coating the side mirrors and partially framing the tail lights and trunk. New LEDs are fitted up front, and while Chrysler hasn't released interior shots just yet, judging by what we've already spied and recently sampled in the automaker's latest offerings, the insides should be significantly improved.

Power will come from the same engines we've been familiarizing ourselves with over the last year, specifically Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter V8, with power sent to either the rear wheels or all four depending on spec. Sales should begin in the first quarter of 2011, and expect pricing to hit closer to the 300's debut in Detroit.



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2012 Chrysler 300: New Gallery with 23 High Res Photos



It's taken a while, but we finally got our hands on a collection of photos of the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan that we can share with you. Set to have its world premiere at next month's Detroit Motor Show, Chrysler's flagship sedan is expected to go on sale in the States around spring of 2011, while there has also been talk about a Lancia-badged version named Thema, which could be revealed in Europe towards the end of next year.

Chrysler has yet to release official info on the redesigned 300, however, the powertrain lineup is expected to be similar to its Dodge Charger twin, offering buyers the option of a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi, as well as the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

In terms of the exterior design, out goes the bad boy / gangster look of the first generation model, and in comes a more elegant, almost Buick / Lincoln-like styling approach with far more softer lines and heaps of chrome trim.

We don't have many official pictures of the interior yet, but from the various shots that have made their way onto the internet (see here), the cabin appears to have been redesigned from the ground up, featuring a more luxurious and upscale, but somewhat conservative, appearance.



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2011 Chrysler 300: More Photos, Including Interior and Official Press Release



We've already had the chance to share with you a first batch of photos of the redesigned for the 2011 model year (and not 2012MY as originally speculated) 300, but today, the Chrysler Group continues its media assault with additional photography, which includes pictures of the interior, and a rather uninformative press release on the firm's full-size sedan.

The press announcement, which you can read after the jump, focuses exclusively on the design content and the quality upgrades of the interior, leaving out the mechanical details. Apparently, Chrysler plans to bombard us with press releases on revamped 300 until it world premiere at next month's Detroit Motor Show.

However, as we've noted before, the 2011MY 300 will be offered at launch with a standard 3.6-liter V6 producing around 290-ponies and an optional 5.7-liter V8 Hemi. Sales of the new 300 will start in the first quarter of 2011.





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