Brand new versions of both the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee are coming in the next couple of years, kicking off a product renaissance at Chrysler that will include the launch of 24 new or updated models over the next 48 months. The company used this week’s New York Auto Show to present its
redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee
, as well as preview its next-generation 300 sedan.
While we’ve already seen a preview rendering of the 2011 model year 300 sedan and its interior, Chrysler has released a new preview rendering of the interior, revealing a much more upmarket look and a large, centrally mounted LCD screen.
The new 300 is claimed to be up to 19% more fuel-efficient than the current version and to set it apart from the competition the car is also promised to feature "unprecedented uconnect connectivity
, and be available with a new fuel-efficient V6 in addition to a Hemi V8 with cylinder deactivation.” This new V6 is the company’s long-awaited Pentastar
, which will also power the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Safety features will include ‘Rear Cross Path’ and ‘Blind Spot Monitoring’ systems to warn drivers of unseen vehicles, electronic stability control, an energy-absorbing steering column, a rear-sill reinforced body structure.
Chrysler’s short-term future will also see the introduction of new electric vehicles
(EV). A fleet of 66 EVs will begin testing later this year and the first for public sale will be available next year, with additional models to come in 2013. In addition to all-electric vehicles, Chrysler will offer range-extended plug-in hybrid vehicles that combine the drive components of an electric vehicle with an integrated, petrol auxiliary power unit and generator to power the electric drive when needed.
2011 Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee official preview