All New Chrysler 300 Debuts

At first glance, the 2011 Chrysler 300 looks a lot like the 2010 model, with the same muscular body as the first generation model. But, Chrysler wasn’t about to mess with success with the second generation of its full-size rear- and all-wheel-drive model, retaining the overall design theme while giving the car a fresh grille, new hood, more pronounced wheel wells and an updated rear quarter.
That isn’t all that has changed as the new 300 has a fresh and vastly improved interior and a new base engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The changes are not revolutionary, but they are certainly evolutionary – the Chrsyler 300 and its Dodge Charger twin are now poised to regain some of the momentum lost in recent years.
Stiff Competition
The Chrysler 300 faces some stiff competition although it is easily more modern than the Chevrolet Impala and Buick Lucerne, its GM competitors. From Ford, however, comes the Taurus, a front- and all-wheel-drive sedan which has sold better than expected. And, the Chrysler 300 must fight off strong foreign competitor in the form of the Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima and Hyundai Azera to name a few models.
Under the hood, Chrysler’s all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine debuts, a more modern and fuel efficient engine for Chrysler’s big car line. This engine is being used in numerous Chrysler products, but will allow the 300 to compete better against slightly smaller and lighter Japanese sedans. Optionally, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine returns, the performance engine option for the serious driver.
Classy Cabin
Inside, the Chrysler 300 employs authentic materials, offers numerous passenger comfort features and enjoys a precise fit and finish. Notable upgrades include soft touch materials, premium interior trim, available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, and genuine wood appliques found on the instrument panel, doors, middle console and the steering wheel. Gone are cheap plastics which were found in the sedan, replaced by an interior matching the best European sedans on the market.
Technology is one of the Chrysler 300’s strong suits and is apparent in the 2011 model. Touchscreen navigation, dual-zone climate controls, fuel price checker and customized convenience features are possible thanks to the sedan’s Uconnect Touch, Marketplace Cars featuring accessible controls offering state-of-the-art technology. The unit’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display is user-friendly, displaying information controlled by a touchscreen display and connecting and controlling personal mobile devices.
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The base engine and transmission combination provides competitive fuel economy, pegged at 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. The V8 goes from zero to 60 mph in under 6 seconds while still managing to deliver 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning are among the 70 plus safety and security upgrades to the 2011 Chrysler 300, a car priced from about $28,000.

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