Sergio Marchionne announces Chrysler 300 Hybrid for 2013

Article by Christian A., on January 17, 2011

According to the latest reports, it appears that Chrysler Group is planning to offer a gasoline-electric hybrid version Chrysler 300 sedan.

These words came from CEO Sergio Marchionne who also added that the car is expected to make its debut in 2013. "We will offer a hybrid variant of the 300 equipped with an eight-speed automatic in 2013," said Marchionne.

The new car indicates that hybrid cars are back on Chrysler’s drawing board after the hybrid version of the Dodge Ram pickup was abandoned due to the financial crisis.

Still, Chrysler built back in 2008 two versions of the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid SUVs but the cars registered poor sales.

If you want to buy a brand new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan you will have to choose the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 292 horsepower (218 kW) and 260 ft.-lb. (353 Nm) of torque.

This version will be priced from $27,995 (including $825 destination charge). The most expensive version of the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan is the model equipped with an all-wheel drive system, priced from $41,145 (including $825 destination charge).

Designed for passionate drivers who value substance and individuality, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 is the freshest entry in the U.S. standard full-size vehicle segment. While the standard full-size segment share has only ever held around 4 percent of the total number of manufactured luxury vehicles for the last 3 years, the all-new Chrysler 300 series sedans will be re-igniting the segment.

Redesigned from the ground-up, the Chrysler 300 series is sure to deliver elegant style, grand-touring performance, best-in-class seat comfort and the precision and quality of the world's best E-segment luxury sedans—at an attainable value.

Classy and well-defined interior

Combining world-class accommodations with American style, the all-new Chrysler 300 sedan's interior delivers a comfortable and expressive flair, featuring passenger comfort features and precise fit and finish using authentic and durable materials.

Interior upgrades on the all-new Chrysler 300 consist of soft touch materials, premium interior trim, available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, and real wood appliqués on the instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel. Providing a jazzy and contemporary tone is an all-new Sapphire Blue LED-illuminated ambient interior lighting.

Sleek and elegant exterior

Designed to exude a luxurious overall appearance, the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan features cast-skin instrument and door panels with three-dimensional dual gloss graining for a premium impression and suppleness.

Bright and satin chrome accents give the Chrysler flagship sedan the appearance of finely-grounded aluminum. For added detail, a new instrument cluster features two large gauge faces with Sapphire Blue illumination and chrome ring accents.

Delivering best-in-class comfort, all-new seats were engineered with premium architecture and include a serpentine (S-shaped) spring suspension. The all-new front-seat backrests have a four-way lumbar system that moves up/down and fore/aft, with variable density foams used in the lower seat and backrests, and bolsters for improved comfort "tuning”—all these attesting to the Chrysler 300 series as truly a sedan engineered for comfort and luxury.

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