Gangsta car goes techno

The new 300C has lots more giz­mos, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE world’s favourite gangsta car, the Chrysler 300C, is get­ting a ma­jor re­make. The work makes it more el­e­gant and stylish, in­clud­ing a con­sid­er­able qual­ity tweak in the cabin, but it still has the chunky body and hun­kered­down look that has made it a global win­ner for Chrysler.

But don’t ex­pect the all-new 300C to be avail­able in Aus­tralia soon, even though Carparazzi has pho­tographed three pro­duc­tion-ready cars. A pro­duc­tion switch means there will be no right-hand-drive cars un­til 2012.

Chrysler Aus­tralia has stocked up on the ex­ist­ing model and has about 400 cars to carry it through.

It’s not mak­ing any prom­ises on when sales of the new model will start, though it could have trou­ble clear­ing the back­log if the lat­est Carparazzi pic­tures are any guide.

They show a car that looks a lit­tle shorter than the cur­rent 300C, with styling taken from the 200C mo­tor­show con­cept car.

The shape of the new-look head­lamps is ob­vi­ous and so is the front of the car, in­clud­ing LED day­time run­ning lamps.

Cut-outs in the Chrysler cam­ou­flage along the front bumper and mud­guard re­veal a new sen­sor that Carparazzi sources say is for a frontal­col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tem, adap­tive cruise con­trol and a blind-spot/side as­sist sys­tem.

On the sides, the 300C has new rocker pan­els, a body crease that sweeps down to­wards the nose and new chrome-capped side mir­rors.

The rear doors no longer have a black plas­tic square. It has been dropped in favour of more glass.

In the rear there are LED tail lamps and a bumper with in­te­grated chrome ex­haust tips.

The new model has huge changes in­side. Test cars re­veal a solid, leather-stitched dash top sim­i­lar to the one in the new Jeep Grand Chero­kee now in pro­duc­tion.

The new car also has a large ana­logue clock for a bit more class and a huge nav­i­ga­tion and en­ter­tain­ment screen.

Carparazzi sources say the 300C will have lots of LED light­ing and a 500W Alpine au­dio sys­tem.

The new 300C rides on an up­dated ver­sion of Chrysler’s LX chas­sis and comes with the new Pen­tas­tar 3.6-litre V6, also fit­ted to the new Grand Chero­kee.

Other en­gines avail­able are 5.7-litre and 6.4-litre Hemi petrol V8s and a diesel. Chrysler is aim­ing to start pro­duc­tion at its Cana­dian fac­tory dur­ing the last week of De­cem­ber, point­ing to an of­fi­cial un­veil­ing at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show in Novem­ber.

For the lat­est Carparazzi scoops, visit www.cars­guide.com.au

More help for the driver: the new Chrysler 300C is still chunky, but it’s shorter and much more so­phis­ti­cated in­side.

Pic­ture: Carparazzi

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