The overall shape of the 2011 Chrysler 300 is similar to the current model but the front end gets a more modern, sophisticated look. The large, rounded headlight housings are gone in place of a large projector flanking a set of inward tapering LEDs on the inside. The whole front fascia is more rounded and while it doesn’t present quite the same muscular countenance as the outgoing model but the front end of the 2011 300 definitely screams “luxury sedan” while also offering a sharper angle for improved aerodynamics. The large Chrysler grille is still there but the new, thin Chrysler logo runs along the top of the new, horizontal 7-bar grille with a pair of chrome strips running under the headlights for a little more bling.
Along the side of the 2011 Chrysler 300, the car looks very similar to the outgoing luxury sedan but the windshield and rear window line angles have been increased, giving the new car sinister, dropped-looking roofline. When you get to the back of the car, you’ll find the least number of changes but the large, prominent tail lights are now trimmed in chrome and the entire midbody rear fascia line is chromed out – giving it a classic chrome bumper look.
Like other new Chrysler Group products, the 2011 Chrysler 300 will have a refined interior (there are no interior shots in the video) but based on what I’ve seen from the 2011 Dodge products and the new 2011 Chrysler 200, I expect the luxury level quality to surpass anything we’ve seen from the folks under the Pentastar for quite some time. This should include interior gaps that are second to none with soft touch finishes everywhere and seats to give the new 300 driver and passenger comfort that will keep up with almost any luxury car (especially in its price range) on the market.
There has been no official drivetrain information offered but we can expect the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 found in the Dodge Charger (and nearly every other model in the company’s portfolio), making 292 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. This is a considerable improvement over the outgoing V6 options from the 2010 Chrysler 300 and thanks to the innovations in efficiency on the new V6, we can also expect better fuel economy to go with the increased power. Of course, we can also expect the 2011 Chrysler 300C to be powered by the 5.7L Hemi with Chrysler fuel saver technology, delivering great fuel economy and power on demand. The same engine in the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T makes 370 horsepower but the previous 300C’s 5.7L Hemi made slightly less power than the Charger, so the power output of the 2011 300’s 5.7L Hemi could be anywhere between 360-370 horsepower. These engines will likely be mated to the same RWD and AWD options that are available in the 2011 Charger, with the AWD system featuring an auto-disconnecting front axle system for improved fuel economy when the extra traction isn’t needed.
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