New Chrysler 300c on the way to Ireland
- 27 October 2011
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I have always loved the look of the 300c, there was something about the high window line that made me think of gangster movies and molls hanging out the windows with Tommy guns and even with the steering wheel from a bus, the 300c is a lovely car to be in.
Now there’s a new one on the way too our fair shores and they’ve made it look just a little bit better in all the ways that matter. Not so much Gangsters as Gangsta, there’s much more of a modern fresh look combined with the American style car.
The Chrysler 300’s cabin has also been completely reinvigorated. There’s a new dashboard and door-card design, finished with luxurious new soft-touch plastics, open-pore wood and plush leather. The new instruments are bathed in sapphire-blue lighting and a high-resolution, touch-screen display, the largest in the class, not only gives the dashboard a high-tech look it also makes accessing the vehicle’s many features both easy and intuitive.
Three engines are offered to European customers, one petrol unit and two diesels, although because of the diesel orientation of Irish market the new “Pentastar” 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, which produces 286hp and 340Nm and is mated to a new, eight-speed, ZF automatic transmission, will not be offered in Ireland which is a crying shame. Instead, Irish customers will be able to choose one of two versions of Chrysler’s new 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, one producing 190hp and 440Nm and the other an impressive 239hp and 550Nm. Developed by Fiat Powertrain and VM Motori, this new engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission as standard and offers vastly superior fuel economy, performance, refinement and CO2 emissions than the engine it replaces.
In addition, standard safety features across the range include advanced ESP (incorporating both brake pre-fill and brake-disc drying systems) Active Pedestrian Protection, a reversing camera with Cross Path Detection and nine airbags, including a drivers’ knee airbag and rear side airbags. The top Limited version adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation and Blind Spot Detection, advanced features which cost thousands extra on rival models.
The new Chrysler 300C goes on sale in the spring of 2012 with prices and final specifications to be announced closer to launch. For your information, there are no plans to produce the new Chrysler 300C in estate form and the high-performance SRT-8 version will not be produced in right-hand drive.
We are looking forward to the 300c hitting our shores and as soon as there’s any more info we’ll write about it here. Now where’s my Tommy Gun?