2011 Chrysler 300 Preview

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America’s love for big and brawny rear-wheel drive sedans is taking a new step with the introduction of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300, which has been revealed today in full ahead of its sales launch early next year. The car has already been previewed in teaser form, as well as in previous spy shots, but today we finally get to see it in full production trim, confirming that its styling will be shared with the recently revealed 2011 Chrysler 200.

Pricing for the base model 2011 Chrysler 300 equipped with a V-6 is expected to start at a reasonable $28,000, while the more powerful 300C with a V-8 heart will set you back around $38,000.

The V-6 is Chrysler’s now familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar, which in the new 300 Touring and Limited models will deliver 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 powered 300C, equipped with a 5.7-liter Hemi, should deliver around 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. A high-performance SRT8 model, complete with the new 6.4-liter Hemi from the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and all 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, should also be launched.

Rear-wheel drive will be standard, while an all-wheel drive option with an active transfer case and seamless disconnecting front axle will be available as an option. The high-tech disconnecting front axle should net a fuel saving of around 5 percent in the all-wheel drive models. The steering is handled with an electro-hydraulic system.

Inside, owners will find improved materials all ‘round, heated and cooled seats and cupholders and an optional 8.4 inch infotainment screen backed by Garmin's navigation software. Other options will include 20 inch wheels, a dual-pane sunroof and a premium sound system.

Look out for the world debut of the 2011 Chrysler 300 at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month.

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Comments (14)
  1. Definitely a mild redesign. Unfortunately it doesn't have near the presence as the outgoing model. It is still a nice looking car, but they could have done more on the exterior. In my eyes, it is still a 7 year old design.

  2. Why does Chrysler come out with a new design and it never makes anyone happy yet all the boring jap cars look like they all came out the same plastic mold. You sound smart but your answer is stupid . Chrysler great job refreshing the most award winning new car in history .

  3. I agree that this new 300C surpasses the original, acknowledged as a modern styling trendsetter, as an elegent evolution of distinctive style.
    With the significant improvements in powertrain technology, suspension refinement and interior quality and design, Chrysler 300C now regains it's position as the most compelling American sedan on the market and at its price, arguably the most compelling sedan in the world.
    This is truly a sedan of classic design excellence which will drive Chrysler to a new level in image and market growth. At last the great American sedan has arrived. It's called 300C by Chrysler.

  4. wow, the last design looked retro with a modern twist... this is more like 1980's gone bad!
    not all is bad, the new cherokee looks amazing!

  5. It's growing on me with every new set of pics, but it's also clearly developing a styling identity crisis. At some point they're going to have to decide whether it stays the Green Lantern-mobile or is just a modern interpretation of the classic rear-drive large car.

  6. "America’s love for big and brawny rear-wheel drive sedans" was replaced by addiction to SUV/Crossovers years ago. It is time to move on...

  7. This car needed more than a mild face lift to equate to big sales numbers. We've been looking at this same car for seven years now while the competition is coming out with truly new cars. Too bad because bundled with the new 6.4 hemi, I'd prefer the SRT version over a Cadillac CTS-V.

  8. It looks like chrysler tried to mix the stylings of the 300M with last 300, the small grille and all. Considering the blast they made with the larger grille, I thought they should try keeping the grille about the same size (maybe even longer). While the new v6 is great, chrysler should have developed a more affordable v8 for the 300 and charger since they are really to big to ever be "effecient" and responsive rides on a v6.

  9. It looks a lot like Audi A8 from the front! Just tad more atractive!

  10. I don't think Bill Burke is a person. Bill sounds exactly like the Chrysler Marketing department with every comment. It wouldn't surprise me if someone created an alter-ego as a marketing campaign.

  11. I think the grill looks too generic, no identity. Vertical may have looked bolder, and looks too much like the Sonatas grille ironically. Also, the center stack is very upright. I like the more laid-back angled design. Far more elegant and better reach to the controls anyway. But the real question is, does it have corinthian leather? lol

  12. Tom, I'm 65,retired,love my Chryslers,but- I'm REAL.
    Forty plus years of driving quality Chrysler products does have its influence though,but I'm no ones alter ego... sorry Tom.

  13. Not exactly what i had in mind but not bad kid....
    Now what they have to do is offer different grill styles- like the original 2005 wire one or the black or silver mesh from the last year model
    And also a two tone paint like the white one with black roof -eco style concept

  14. why do so many people have the same issues with chrysler jeep cherokee, and chrysler has yet recall made it a recall, check it out, the computers in the jeep are defected and will cut off while you driving without a warning

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