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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