PHOENIX -- The long anticipated release of the all-new Chrysler 300 marks an important milestone in the new Chrysler Group's five-year plan. Chrysler's flagship luxury sedan is entirely new for 2011 and includes some unexpected design details.
A redesigned grille features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades. The liquid-chrome finish of the blades and the new Chrysler wing badge contrast nicely against the bright chrome grille. Bi-functional projector headlamps accompany LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which together form a “C” shape.
For improved aerodynamics and visibility, the 300's windshield has been raked back 3 inches, while rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent. A new dual-pane panoramic sunroof provides passengers with twice the outward visibility of a standard sunroof.
From the rear, the deck lid on the new 300 now incorporates a lip spoiler and jeweled-like LED rear taillamps and signature “light pipes”.
The new 300 incorporates substantial interior upgrades, as well, including the use of soft touch materials throughout the cabin, available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, and real wood appliques on the instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel.
A new instrument cluster features two large gauge faces with sapphire blue illumination and chrome ring accents. An all-new sapphire blue LED-illuminated provides ambient interior lighting.
With its large, 8.4-inch Uconnect® Touch info-tainment center, the all-new Chrysler 300 features intuitive controls for navigation, dual-zone climate controls, and a number of "connected" features including the ability to check fuel prices and personalize convenience features.
Chrysler's Pentastar V6 engine, which produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb·ft of torque, will replace the 2.7- and 3.5-liter engines. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine will continue to be an available option.
Chrysler plans to offer the 2011 300 in Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD configurations. Touring and Limited trims will come with the Pentastar V6 while the 300C line will offer the 5.7. An SRT-8 edition will likely be available later in the year.
Built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Chrysler 300 is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2011.