2011 Chrysler 300 officially unveiled

2011 Chrysler 300 - 12.21.2010
2011 Chrysler 300 - 12.21.2010

Debuts in Detroit

The 2011 Chrysler 300 has been leaked, teased and spied undisguised, but the company hasn't said anything official - until now.

Seen here in the first batch of press photos, the redesigned 300 is a bastion of chrome and sinister styling. Notable highlights include a new grille, LED-infused headlights, a rakish windscreen, and sculpted bodywork.

Inside, the cabin is vastly improved as material quality appears class-competitive. The overall design is familiar, but there are elegant details such as blue ambient lighting and real wood trim. Furthermore, new options include heated / cooled Nappa leather seats, a two-piece sunroof, and Uconnect Touch with an 8.4-inch screen.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level 3.6-liter V6 will produce 292 hp (218 kW / 296 PS) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, while the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will crank out 370 hp (276 kW / 375 PS) and 395 lb-ft (536 Nm). Both will be connected to a five-speed automatic which sends power to the rear wheels (all-wheel drive will be optional).

The Chrysler 300 will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show.

Source: Chrysler

All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Series Flagships Redefine the American Luxury Sedan Once Again

Auburn Hills, Mich. - With its iconic rear-wheel drive proportions, elegantly sculptured bodyside, world-class craftsmanship and refinement, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series proudly delivers the distinction, innovation and premium large sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand.

With more than 55 years of elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 delivers contemporary styling with design details unexpected in the segment. At the front, an all-new grille features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades that express precision. The liquid-chrome finish of the blades and the new Chrysler wing badge provide a unique contrast against the beautifully drawn bright chrome grille surround. Illuminating the road ahead are signature "key slot" headlamps with a scalloped lower edge. Inside, bi-functional projector headlamps are nestled next to LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which together form a "C" shape for unmistakable on-road presence.

The profile of the all-new Chrysler 300 features the distinctive proportions of its predecessor with added design refinement for a more tailored appearance. Dramatic front-fender forms rise above the sculpted hood and are echoed by rear-quarter forms which rise above the deck lid and travel down the vertical taillamps for an unmistakably bold signature silhouette. For improved aerodynamics and visibility, the all-new Chrysler luxury flagship's windshield has been raked back 3 inches, while rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent. To take in the sky above, a new dual-pane panoramic sunroof provides Chrysler 300 passengers with twice the outward visibility of a standard sunroof. For a more contemporary appearance, the 2011 Chrysler 300 features a clean bodyside with a distinct windswept A-line that emphasizes the sedan's long wheelbase and spacious cabin. Delivering a touch of world-class sophistication, the all-new Chrysler 300 is highlighted by chrome daylight openings, chrome front- and rear-fascia accents and available 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.

Elevating the all-new Chrysler 300's presence from the rear, the deck lid now incorporates a lip spoiler while the new Chrysler wing badge is proudly centered below. Jeweled-like rear taillamps feature harmonious LED illumination, while signature "light pipes" illuminate for an alluring nighttime appearance. Straddling the vertical lamps, Chrysler 300's rear fascia integrates a chrome appliqué that seamlessly connects the taillamp elements while emphasizing the road-holding stature of the flagship sedan. Standard fascia-mounted 3.5-inch oval dual exhaust tips complete the sedan's appearance.

Combining world-class accommodations with American style, the all-new Chrysler 300's interior delivers expressive style, authentic materials, passenger comfort features and precise fit and finish. Substantial interior upgrades on the all-new Chrysler 300 consist of soft touch materials, premium interior trim, available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, and real wood appliques on the instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel.

Designed to exude a luxurious environment, the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedans feature cast-skin instrument and door panels with three-dimensional dual gloss graining for a premium appearance and suppleness. Bright chrome contrasted with liquid chrome accents give the Chrysler flagship sedan the appearance of milled aluminum. For added detail, a new instrument cluster features two large gauge faces with sapphire blue illumination and chrome ring accents. Providing a premium and contemporary environment is an all-new sapphire blue LED-illuminated ambient interior lighting.

With its massive 8.4-inch Uconnect® Touch infotainment center, the all-new Chrysler 300 sedans feature the segment's largest standard touchscreen display, integrating world-class infotainment and convenience technologies to keep passengers connected, comfortable and secure. From touchscreen navigation to dual-zone climate controls, to the ability to check fuel prices and personalize convenience features, Uconnect Touch makes life in the all-new Chrysler flagship sedan an excellent experience for the driver and passengers.

Built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Chrysler 300 arrives in showrooms in the first quarter of 2011.


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Beemer89 Beemer89
IS it jus me or .. it looks like an audi...
Dec 30th, 2010 8:46pm
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g60boy g60boy
the comments are deservingly harsh so far. but if you want a classly rear drive american sedan, this is all there is! This update seems to loose the "attitude" that made this car successful and american cars in general unique. Listen Fiat/Chrysler - make a long wheelbase version of this, call it umm.. 300 New Yorker and sell sell sell
Dec 29th, 2010 5:36am
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radmeister radmeister
OK so the small amount of charm the 300C has gone, they put on a feminine front end, with an overly massive rear. I mean it looks ridiculous. Why is the rear end higher than the lower window line? It just looks sad. The headlights look cheap in comparison to Audi or any other LED lights, they look like some chinese 99$ aftermarket kit you order online. Sorry but for the price of the C i'll take a Genesis V8 Sedan.
Dec 23rd, 2010 1:21am
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lazyJones lazyJones
five-speed automatic and 5.7-liter V8 370 hp - it looks like it's missing 1 or 2 gears and 200hp! propably using more fuel then rivals. once again american car showing technology from the future hahaha back to the 90's ;)
Dec 22nd, 2010 2:55pm
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rcw rcw
I've always liked the original design for its distinctiveness, etc. I like the side profile and rear of the new design, but I'm not so sure about the front and grille. The interior looks like a modest improvement in design, and a notable improvement in materials, yet the overall design leaves me unimpressed. Just my two cents. But, I must still say that I like the car overall, and the idea of a good sized, rear wheel drive, V8 sedan.
Dec 22nd, 2010 7:45am
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GTurbo GTurbo
The front-end finish is an improvement on the previous model's, albeit dated even with Audi-esque daytime running LED lights! However, the rear end treatment shows Chrysler should have sealed the deal on this car completely by revisiting their history in an ultra-cool way. The Cadillac rear wings look distinctive and that should have been reflected on the grille! Best interior I've seen yet in a 300C.
Dec 21st, 2010 11:50pm
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Andres2007 Andres2007
Unoriginal, incongruous, outdated, soulless, lazy. Those are the words that come to my mind when I think of the design of this car. Can't say I like the interior, either. I'd probably like it if this were 2004 and the grill matched the headlights, but neither is the case. It's really hard for me to conceive the idea that the same company that created the new Dodge Durango and the new Jeep Grand Cherokee designed this car too. The Durango and Grand Cherokee are such leaps forward in terms of class and design with respect to their predecessors that it's hard for me to see why this car looks so much like the old one and the parts that don't are so unoriginal.
Dec 21st, 2010 11:27pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Urgh. Way to ruin a very attractive car.
Dec 21st, 2010 9:31pm
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bfghemicuda bfghemicuda
Very nice and elegant. This car will do well. This is very impressive considering where Chrysler was a year ago. The future plans for the 300C are very good.
Dec 21st, 2010 8:40pm
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Well, despite the over-dose of chrome, I like this car. Even if it's just a face-lift, it's a really nice one. I don't mind the Audi headlight, I don't mind the Cadillac retro infusion rear end of the car. It definitely looks better than the current 300C & Chevy Impala(but not for long...). Still, if I where to buy something of this size, I'll still go with the Hyundai Genesis or the Ford Taurus SHO, just because they have better RELIABILITY.
Dec 21st, 2010 8:35pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
audi should sue for copying...like sue'ing a chinese copy machine
Dec 21st, 2010 8:31pm
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PawL PawL
I bet the Audi designers are having a huge laught right now :))
Dec 22nd, 2010 7:38pm
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Grey Grey
The 300 is a great car but doing this to renew its lease on life is just pitiful! Lame Audi style head lamp imitation with ugly new Sebring grill (they really tried putting lipstick on a pig with that one!) is really a cheap shot! The interior remind me of the old Hyundai Sonata with indiglo guages tsk tsk America can do with one less one car company!
Dec 21st, 2010 8:14pm
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
The car looks nice on pictures... front reminds me an Audi lets hope Chrysler wont use some crapy interior materials like in current one
Dec 21st, 2010 7:16pm
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huge missed opertunity to develope a good car. This looks more like a face lift and the interior is straight out of a Hyuandai.
Dec 21st, 2010 6:49pm
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ransomeliolds ransomeliolds
Anything wrong with Hyundai's Interior?
Dec 21st, 2010 8:06pm
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Nothing at all.... just pointing out that i looks like its been copied and they have bothered to design anything themselves!!
Dec 22nd, 2010 2:30pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
I like the rear, the front reminds me of a generic, badless car that they would use on an insurance commercial.
Dec 21st, 2010 6:35pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Dec 21st, 2010 6:35pm
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hmm, what else can i say when i like rear end more than front, cause front is not attractive at all, back design elements are nice, with retro character somehow,
Dec 21st, 2010 6:11pm
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