Gangsta car goes techno
The new 300C has lots more gizmos, writes Paul Gover
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.
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More help for the driver: the new Chrysler 300C is still chunky, but it’s shorter and much more sophisticated inside.