Chrysler has unveiled the new 2011 300 sedan at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). This all-new vehicle boasts of unique style, innovative technologies and premium E-segment sedan features and quality. The new MY2011 300 sedan features a collaboration of Detroit style and world-class craftsmanship -- passion for design, people and the environment and world-class levels of quality and efficiency.
The Chrysler 300 has been a head-turner and a staple for elegant proportions for more than 55 years already. The version for the model year 2011 continues to deliver contemporary styling combined with unexpected design details. For instance, an all-new grille at the front of the 300 features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades – finished in liquid-chrome finish. The blades and the new Chrysler wing badge wonderfully contrast against the 300’s bright-chromed grille surround.
The new Chrysler 300 features signature "key slot" headlamps with a scalloped lower edge. Additionally, bi-functional projector headlamps are placed next to LED-illuminated daytime running lamps – together forming a "C" shape. The 2011 Chrysler 300’s profile features the unique proportions of its predecessor enhanced by further refinement for a tailored appearance. The sedan’s front-fender forms are situated above the hood and are echoed by rear-quarter forms. The rear-quarter forms are placed above the deck lid and continue to the vertical taillamps for a bold signature silhouette.
To improve aerodynamics and visibility, Chrysler moved the 300’s windshield back three inches. The carmaker also improved outside visibility of the 300 by 15 percent thanks to rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars. Enhancing the rear-view presence of the sedan is an integrated deck-lid lip spoiler. Centered below the spoiler is the new Chrysler wing badge. Rear appearance is further enhanced by jewel-like rear tail lamps with LED illumination as well as by signature "light pipes."
The Chrysler 300 features a rear fascia that integrates a chrome appliqué connecting the tail-lamp elements while underscoring its road-holding stature. The Chrysler 300 is not just about style but also performance. But to exude that performance, the flagship sedan comes with two fascia-mounted oval dual exhaust tips. In terms of performance, the new Chrysler 300 is quite a little monster compared to its previous version.
The MY2011 Chrysler 300 as well as 300 Limited models are powered by Chrysler’s newest powertrain -- the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which churns out 292 hp of output (up 63 percent) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (up 36 percent) compared with the previous 2.7-liter entry-level engine. Likewise, the new Pentastar V-6 engine develops 42 more hp of output (up 16 percent) and 10 lb.-ft. more torque compared to the 3.5-liter V-6.
Also, the new Pentastar V-6 engine is more fuel efficient than previous V-6s, recording an 8-percent improvement with EPA-ratings of 18 city /27 highway. For those craving for a more dynamic yet still fuel-efficient 300 sedan, they could opt for the MY2011 Chrysler 300C, which has under its hood a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 Engine, featuring Fuel Saver Technology. The already iconic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine provides up to 363 hp of output, which is good enough to allow the 300C to sprint from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds while returning up to 25 highway mpg.
The engine’s Fuel Saver Technology enables seamless transition between high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode -- when the driver needs less power -- and the V-8 mode -- when the driver sees fit to get a power boost. In four-cylinder fuel saver mode, the engine returns up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency. Inside the cabin of the Chrysler 300, occupants can discover world-class accommodation fused with American style – thanks to the interior’s expressive style, authentic materials and passenger comfort features as well as precise fit and finish.
Cabin upgrades include soft touch materials, premium interior trim, and available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats. Also included are real wood appliqués on the instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel. The 300 sedan also features cast-skin instrument and door panels with three-dimensional dual gloss graining as well as bright chrome contrasted with satin chrome accents.
Chrysler also enhanced the 300’s instrument cluster that includes two large gauge faces with Sapphire Blue illumination and chrome ring accents. Completing the contemporary upgrade is a Sapphire Blue LED-illuminated ambient interior lighting. To provide best-in-class comfort, the sedan’s seats were engineered with premium architecture and include a serpentine (S-shaped) spring suspension, front-seat backs with four-way lumbar system that actuates up/down and fore/aft. The seats also features variable density foams applied in the lower seat, seat back.