• Apr 14, 2006


Absent the Imperial Concept, nothing says “Upper Middle Class” like the Chrysler 300 LWB and its six-inches of extra length, 10.2-cubic feet of additional interior space and whopping 46-inches of rear legroom. Those extra six inches are extremely transparent from the outside, as evident from the ten minutes we wasted unsuccessfully attempting to pick out the LWB from a group of 300s Chrysler had on display.

As you can see, our dogs quit their barking once we sat down in the LWB’s back seat. What you can’t see is that we took a time out from the show back there that lasted another ten minutes. While the rear seats may not recline in place or offer a retractable ottoman like some multi-hundred-thousand-dollar luxury cars we know, on our middle-class incomes we’ll take what we can get.

More shots of my feet and some official images from Chrysler after the jump…


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Great addition to the 300 line up!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice shoes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The stretch actually improves the proportions of the car. This is also true of long wheelbase 7-series and XJ8. My boss has a 745Li, and it's actually better to ride in the back of the car than the front. As long as it's priced reasonably well, this is a great move from Chrysler.

      However, given the incredible depreciation of Jaguars, the smart choice for LWB luxobarge might be a low-mileage '04 XJ8L for $40k or so.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't worry about the white socks, dude. Dark socks look dorky with chinos.

      The extra length does make the car look a little less stubby, but where it really needs more length is between the A-pillars and the wheel wells. Back in the automotive dark ages some car makers used to stretch their cars that way, basically adding useless space between the firewall and the engine. That was the difference between AMC's Matador and Ambassador as late as 1974. I guess that kind of wastefulness is out of the question these days, but it sure would make the Chrysler look better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Along with Cadillac and Packard, Chrysler in the early 1950's had an 8 passenger lwb sedan. The difference was that Chrysler's lwb sedan was also sold in the less expensive DeSoto, Dodge, and I believe even the Plymouth line as well as the exclusive Imperial. The Dodge and Plymouth versions of the 8 passenger sedans were indeed marketed more as Taxicabs than high end transportion, and as previous commenters have mentioned, Chrysler would have a great market for a 'stripper' Dodge Taxi version of the new LWB Chrysler sedan.
      Brian Stratton
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pooh on the back seat leg room !!! What's the legroom UP FRONT ?? Yah know? Where the DRIVER SITS?? For a 6'5, 250 guy like me, I"d like to know how MY legs will feel after a long haul in one of these babies. Let the back seat folk take the bus or train. (P.S. Trains have MORE legroom than any other conveyance around. Something to be said for Amtrak and those old passenger cars.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great addition to the 300 line up!
      • 8 Years Ago
      to all: the floor mat is there to show the difference between the standard wheelbase and long wheelbase back seat floor space...DUH
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is the premium for the stretch upgrade.
      • 8 Years Ago
      White socks look like athlete's foot. ;) Hey buddy, don't put your feet on the furniture! Bad manners ya know.

      The 300 still strikes me as a stretched Dodge something or other. Chrome wheels are out since 1970s. And the floor mats look like the same lousy quality you get in intro-compacts -- steam-rolled muskrat. Where can buyers get real, deep cut-pile, carpet mats these days? I really miss those.

      Remember Beverly Hills Motoring, they use to have them. Now they are gone too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't care about your shoes, but the white socks are too much.... please show us that your belt matches your shoe color.
      FRED
      • 8 Years Ago
      a 7"2" BB player rides in my car without the extension,nice and confortable everytime he comes to LA, Go Chrysler!!!! great concept
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