• Feb 17, 2009
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Buried within the tome that is Chrysler LLC's Viability Plan for the U.S. Treasury Dept. are two pages that may give a sneak peek at upcoming redesigns for the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300. Both are big players in Chrysler's product lineup and the automaker is claiming its near-term revenue will get a shot in the arm upon their arrival.

Chrysler is telling the feds that its 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee will achieve a 19% increase in fuel economy between the 2010 and 2012 model years, as well as debut with a best-in-class interior. As for the new 300, Chrysler says it will be redesigned inside and out, featured "unprecedented 'uconnect' connectivity, and be available with an all-new, fuel-efficient V6 in addition to a HEMI V8 with cylinder deactivation.


[Source: Chrysler, KickingTires]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      @AZZO

      300's are getting old and high miles, owners are turning them in. NOW they will have a car for those people and former owners to replace the old model with, because they sold an azz-ton of these things back in 05-07.

      Sorry for thinking you would understand the first order of auto sales.

      Guess not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new 300 and Grand Cherokee will never see the light of day. Chrysler won't last that long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      by WHAT standards exactly is that car the most awarded new car in history?
      I bet the Fiat 500 got more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The standards that gave it the most awards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this image for real? If it is, then it proves that Chrysler can actually make an attractive interior! And although the 300's looks are evolutionary, I think it's a very handsome face, and besides, if it looked good in the last iteration, why make a revolutionary change? I love how big and imposing it looks. Just imagine what they could do with the words-cannot-describe-how-terrible-it-is Sebring! Hopefully they will make it look like the 200C concept. Anyway, I hope that more products like these will keep Chrysler out of the realm of mediocrity it has quagmired itself in early in this decade.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You have seen the new Ram interior, right? These renderings prove that Dumbler era of interiors with cheap plastics is over.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm liking the grand cherokee's update, which is a good evolution of the current look, but I'm disappointed the 300C is going to continue to be a bland evolutionary track. I was hoping for something truly fresh and exciting.

      The interiors look great in these pics, but they are CGI, so I will reserve judgment until there is a real model floating around
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it looks sorta Camrylike to me.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking further, I just noticed how they call the Aspen, Durango and GC "full-size" SUVs (page 135). The only thing I found full-sized about them was their price tag, otherwise they were some of the most cramped vehicles I ever tested when I was looking for an SUV.

      At least with my FJ, my head isn't hitting the roof!
      • 5 Years Ago
      PS: What's with the star bursts? Was this a junior high graphic arts project or something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you really expect Chrysler's best designers to be working on this deal? As previously mentioned... Chrysler's white collar staff was drastically cut. Warm bodies with Adobe InDesign knowledge was the only requirement!!! :)

        Senators usually are not designers... I'm sure they won't deduct $$$ for cheesy graphic design elements.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should have been the 300 refresh of 3 years ago that never happened
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chrysler photochops the front end of a 300 unto a 2010 Taurus and expects to get a $9 billion check?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope those are just quick mock-ups cuz they are not very inspiring. I am sure they are....
      • 5 Years Ago
      They both look great. For those that think this is just a "refresh" they are very wrong. Looking at that interior of the 300C and the interior of my 300C, there is not one piece that is the same...that is a completely new interior. I'm going to guess that is follows the Rams in terms of high quality, soft-touch materials. The exterior of this 300C just improves on the look of the current 300C. Now I do hope they add a little more detail to the headlights, but they probably will as this is just a computer model.

      The Grand Cherokee also looks good, it didn't really need to be radically different, it still needs to look like a Grand Cherokee.

      Whether people want to admit it or not, these vehicles are very important to Chrysler's long-term success. Not everyone wants a little econo-box. Some people need to space of a larger car or SUV.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We get it, Azzo, you don't like the car. As an ex-employee of Chrysler I don't expect you to like anything they make. But there are many of us that do like the current 300 and this new one. If it's as nice in person as the pics I may pick one for myself. I'll wave to you as I drive by!
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        Some of us actually need or want big full size cars and trucks. I wish the Magnum was still in production -- they got it right just in time to be discontinued :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frank: I'm just pointing out that the car has gotten old. Sales numbers on the 300 dropped by almost 50%. The Charger did not suffer the same fate.

        I'm also countering people who claim this is a massive , all new REDESIGN. Its a refresh, new pieces using the exact spec of the old car. Understand Chrysler's $$$ issues & I've defended their effort with a greatly reduced staff.

        If you plan on buying a 2010 300C... thanks. I have family who would like to keep their pensions & not have to work @ Wal*Mart... every sale helps. I might get a small check in a few years too.

        Like others pointed out... this update should have happened a few years ago. Chrysler tends to run one design into the ground & then react with solutions. Instead of gradually tweaking their popular models & allowing it to age gracefully they let it wither & then expect Joan Rivers style plastic surgery to revive a sagging star. History has proven it fails time & time again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bottom line the 300's EXTERIOR is a refresh. Interior is not drastically different. Interior trim pieces & seats are relatively inexpensive upgrades.

        Your AB name clearly shows you're hooked on the Chrysler 300. Problem? The design is about 5 years old & the sales public grows fickle. The Chrysler was iconic & only select automakers can get away with selling an unchanged icon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is certainly a place for large sedans and SUVs in almost any vehicle manufacturer's lineup, but one also has to realize that there are far more customers who buy Civics, CRVs, and Camrys than larger vehicles like the 300C or JGC. No one would doubt that the Lexus LS and Toyota Landcruiser are fine vehicles, but if Toyota pitched them as "their future vehicles on which the company would rest its laurels" they would be laughed out of the room. Same goes for the 300C and JGC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If those wheels get much bigger, they will poke out of the top! I've
      always wondered about the trend towards big wheels in automobiles.
      What is their advantage?
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