Chrysler revealed today the first photos with the 2011 300 Sedan, the latest addition in its lineup which will make its debut in January, at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. As you can see from the photos, the 2011 Chrysler 300 comes with a refreshed design featuring new headlamps with integrated daytime running LEDs as well as a new rear end with a new set of tail lamps as well as new chromed accessories.
Under the hood the car is expected to come with the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine capable to deliver 283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm).
The engine will be mated to a he 62TE six-speed transmission. Moreover, you will also find the optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine capable to deliver 360 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (520 Nm).
Still, do not expect the 2011 Chrysler 300 to be powered by the more fuel-efficient 2.4-liter I-4 engine introduced on the 2011 Chrysler 200. This engine delivers 173 hp and 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque.
2011 Chrysler 300 sedan establishes a new chapter for the brand with its exceptional E-segment sedan features, particularly its style and innovations. Olivier Francois, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, described the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 as an “icon of American ingenuity” and as a symbol of the greatness of vehicles that were designed in Detroit.
He added that the Chrysler 300 is the embodiment of the automaker’s new attitude with all of its details such as its superior materials, advanced connectivity, class-topping power, and new chassis structure. He also applauded the fact that this new flagship model, with its world-class quality and top performance, is being offered at an “attainable price.”
The automaker had chosen this new sedan to be the embodiment of the brand’s essence with its advanced connectivity features, unrivalled efficiency and quality, and expressive design. For more than 55 years, the Chrysler 300 has been popular for its striking style and elegance. What makes this new sedan a revelation is that it still has contemporary styling but it now comes with unexpected design elements.
For instance, it has a new grille in the front that consists of seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades that imply precision. An unusual but nevertheless amazing contrast is offered by the blades’ liquid-chrome finish, the new Chrysler wing badge, and the intricate bright-chromed grille surround.
Furthermore, it comes with a set of signature "key slot" headlamps that have a scalloped lower edge. It also has bi-functional projector headlamps positioned beside the LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which create a "C" shape that magnifies its road presence.
The all-new Chrysler 300 has the same proportions as the outgoing model but it gets more design refinement, achieving a look that’s more tailored. Its prominent front-fender is higher than the sculpted hood, similar to its rear-quarter that rises above the deck lid and moves down the vertical taillamps to achieve a distinct signature silhouette.
The windshield is raked back by up to 3 inches. With slimmer pillars and rolled-framed doors, outward visibility is improved by 15%. Needless to say, it also enhances aerodynamics.