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2011 Chrysler 300 Improves on Fuel Economy, Safety

February 03, 2011

Chrysler improved vehicle aerodynamics and visibility by “raking” the windshield back by 3 inches and using rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars to increase visibility by 15 percent.

AUBURN HILLS, MI – At the North American International Auto Show Chrysler introduced the new 2011 models in its 300 Sedan line, which offers a number of new features designed to enhance performance, safety, comfort, and driver and passenger connectivity. This overview covers these upgraded features.

Performance
The 2011 Chrysler 300 and 300 Limited models feature the automaker’s new 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, which provides up to 8-percent better fuel economy than the previous V-6 and achieves EPA ratings of 18 city/27 highway. The change to the new V-6 from Chrysler’s earlier 2.7L and 3.5L engines brings horsepower up to 292 and torque to 260 lb.-ft., an improvement of 16-percent more horsepower and 10 lb.-ft. of torque over the 3.5L.

For the Chrysler 300C, the 5.7L HEMI V-8 produces 363 horsepower and up to 25 mpg highway. This engine also offers Chrysler’s Fuel Saver Technology, which transitions between four-cylinder and V-8 modes based on power demands. When running in four-cylinder mode, the engine is 20-percent more fuel efficient.

The 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD model features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system, which improves fuel economy by up to 5 percent, according to Chrysler.

The 300 features an integrated deck-lid lip spoiler, jewel-style rear taillamps, and two fascia-mounted oval dual exhaust tips.

Exterior
When it comes to exterior styling, Chrysler improved vehicle aerodynamics and visibility by “raking” the windshield back by 3 inches and using rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars to increase visibility by 15 percent. The 300 features an integrated deck-lid lip spoiler, jewel-style rear taillamps, and two fascia-mounted oval dual exhaust tips. In addition, the 300 uses Chrysler Group’s second-generation E-segment architecture with redesigned front- and rear-suspension geometry, and new suspension hardware, designed to deliver improved handling.

The new Chrysler designed its new 300C AWD with a 0.5-inch (13 mm) tighter tire-to-fender fitment, a 0.15-inch (4 mm) lowered overall ride height, and larger 19-inch wheels with wider P235/55R19 all-season performance tires.

The new 300 features upgraded seating and a touchscreen display for control of a range of vehicle features, from climate control to navigation via the automaker's Uconnect Touch system.

Interior
The Chrysler 300’s interior comes with all-new seating that feature serpentine (S-shaped) spring suspension, front-seat backs with four-way lumbar system that actuates up/down and fore/aft, and variable density foams applied in the lower seat, seat back, and bolsters for adjustable comfort. Other interior upgrades include optional heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats.

The 300 and 300 Limited models also offer Chrysler’s new Uconnect Touch, providing touch-screen control, on an 8.4-inch display, of features such as navigation by Garmin, climate controls, and Sirius Travel Link for real-time weather and fuel price updates.

Safety
In the safety and security categories, the 300 offers more than 70 features, according to the automaker. Chrysler’s SafetyTec Group is available on the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD models.

Standard safety features:

  • Keyless Enter-N-Go
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) with ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support
  • Standard front-row reactive head restraints
  • Standard full-length side-curtain air bags
  • Driver’s knee air bag
  • Standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags

SafetyTec Group package features:

  • Adaptive-Forward Lighting (AFL)
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection
  • ParkSense front and rear park assist system
  • LED-illuminated rear fog lamps
  • Exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp
  • 300 Limited adds HomeLink universal transceiver, rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam headlamps to the package group

The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan will arrive in dealerships in spring 2011, starting at $27,995 (including destination).

For more about Chrysler 300 pricing, visit our previous article below.

Chrysler Announces Pricing for All-New 300 Series Sedans

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