Kitted in full regalia, the 300C SRT diesel is powered by a 3.0L V6 that kicks out 218hp and 376lb-ft of torque. More than enough grunt to get the big sedan around with authority, but hardly a blip on the radar to the petrol-powered 425hp, 420lb-ft torque 6.1L Hemi in the 300C SRT8. New looks accompany the new motor, including a new rear end lighting scheme and trunk lid spoiler. Inside, a new instrument panel and some interior mood lighting add a fresher, meaner feel.
Also standard in the new 300C SRT diesel is Chrysler's entertainment system featuring a 20GB hard drive and touch-screen sat nav hardware. No word yet on pricing or availability dates - or if Americans will get a shot at it, but expect it soon, and expect it priced near the top of the 300C range, thanks to the new tech, new looks and full options slate.
Undoubtedly a move to help Chrysler's product line meet the rising fuel economy and emissions standards in Europe, the 300C SRT diesel may well prove a success, if it can combine looks, luxury and liveability in a fairly green package. It's certainly an interesting proposition, and one we'd like to see offered in other markets.