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Here is the first official pic of Chrysler’s Imperial Concept that will debut next week at the Detroit auto show. Pics of the Imperial lifted from the current issue of Motor Trend have already surfaced elsewhere on the net, and reaction has been unanimous in that the new Imperial looks like a poor man’s Rolls, especially with its pedestrian-flattening grille.

Autoweek reports that the Imperial rides on a 123-inch wheelbase, which is three ticks longer than the 300C’s wheelbase. Overall the concept is 17-inches longer at 214 inches and six inches taller. Those wheels are twenty-twos, so it’s a good thing Chrysler is using the monster 5.7L Hemi with 340 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque to rotate them.

Entrance into the large sedan is achieved through b-pillar-less doors that welcome occupants into an interior orgy of leather, California burl wood and satin-finished aluminum. Many of the components inside are handcrafted, as well, and set off by a bath of warm interior accent lights.

Based on first impressions we’d venture to guess the Imperial Concept has less of a chance to see the inside of an assembly plant than does its concept cousin, the Challenger. If produced the Imperial would occupy the top slot in Chrysler’s sedan lineup above the 300C.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Sweet Jebus. With all the good designs coming out of Daimler Chrysler recently, I've come to expect a lot more than this. Yikes.

      Please kill this thing and make the Challenger. PLEASE.
      • 9 Years Ago
      S-W-E-E-T !!!!!!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dump the stupid huge wheels, and make the front end vaguely PT Cruiser-like, and I think it could look decent.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It never ceases to amaze me that both car magazine pundents and some individuals can praise ugly design because it has a "Hemi." Chrysler has had some real winners (and I'm not a Chrysler fan) but too often it seems to be given a pass for ugly design because of the engine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks to me like a Chrysler 300 and a Chevy HHR met at a New Year's party....you can guess the rest..
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like crap.......The 300C is/was a hit, this is not up to Chryslers usual standards.....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Shame for Chrysler. I was glad to find out they wanna bring back imperial. But that looks like continental GT front + the rest of RR, not like Chrysler at all. And it's very ugly.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like the offspring of a Rolls that was raped by a Ram truck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a beutiful car!!!! I'm a working class man who appreciates the idea of an automobile company producing a car with the air of a vehicle that I most likely will never be able to afford. I absolutely love this car. Please produce it!!!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I absolutely love that car ! It is nowhere near as attractive as the Cadillac Sixteen ... but it is nowhere near the price either. It is a true show car that 'should' come to life. I still won't trade my 1985 Chrylser Limousine in on it though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think that car is "HOT". It has a really classy style. I will be driving one ASAP!
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