• Dec 21st 2010 at 3:31PM
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Chrysler has finally been kind enough to serve up a few official details on what buyers can expect from the innards of the 2011 300. While we know that the company's big bruiser will be available with either the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or the familiar 5.7-liter V8, but the company has just now let us all in on what they've done to update the vehicle's exterior. The next-generation 300 now wears a windshield that's been raked back by three inches, and combined with slightly thinner pillars all the way around, Chrysler says that visibility has been improved by around 15 percent. Given the tank-slit views from the cockpit of the old 300, that's no bad thing.

Inside, buyers can expect to be met with a smattering of chrome accents and what Chrysler calls "cast-skin" instrument and door panels. But for us, the really good news is that, like it's platform mate the Dodge Charger, the 300 comes with the company's new, fantastically huge 8.5-inch LCD touchscreen. Joy to the world. Hit the jump for a peep at the full press release.

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All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Series Flagships Redefine the American Luxury Sedan Once Again

December 20, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - With its iconic rear-wheel drive proportions, elegantly sculptured bodyside, world-class craftsmanship and refinement, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series proudly delivers the distinction, innovation and premium large sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand.

With more than 55 years of elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 delivers contemporary styling with design details unexpected in the segment. At the front, an all-new grille features seven deeply sculpted horizontal blades that express precision. The liquid-chrome finish of the blades and the new Chrysler wing badge provide a unique contrast against the beautifully drawn bright chrome grille surround. Illuminating the road ahead are signature "key slot" headlamps with a scalloped lower edge. Inside, bi-functional projector headlamps are nestled next to LED-illuminated daytime running lamps, which together form a "C" shape for unmistakable on-road presence.

The profile of the all-new Chrysler 300 features the distinctive proportions of its predecessor with added design refinement for a more tailored appearance. Dramatic front-fender forms rise above the sculpted hood and are echoed by rear-quarter forms which rise above the deck lid and travel down the vertical taillamps for an unmistakably bold signature silhouette. For improved aerodynamics and visibility, the all-new Chrysler luxury flagship's windshield has been raked back 3 inches, while rolled-framed doors with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent. To take in the sky above, a new dual-pane panoramic sunroof provides Chrysler 300 passengers with twice the outward visibility of a standard sunroof. For a more contemporary appearance, the 2011 Chrysler 300 features a clean bodyside with a distinct windswept A-line that emphasizes the sedan's long wheelbase and spacious cabin. Delivering a touch of world-class sophistication, the all-new Chrysler 300 is highlighted by chrome daylight openings, chrome front- and rear-fascia accents and available 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.

Elevating the all-new Chrysler 300's presence from the rear, the deck lid now incorporates a lip spoiler while the new Chrysler wing badge is proudly centered below. Jeweled-like rear taillamps feature harmonious LED illumination, while signature "light pipes" illuminate for an alluring nighttime appearance. Straddling the vertical lamps, Chrysler 300's rear fascia integrates a chrome appliqué that seamlessly connects the taillamp elements while emphasizing the road-holding stature of the flagship sedan. Standard fascia-mounted 3.5-inch oval dual exhaust tips complete the sedan's appearance.

Combining world-class accommodations with American style, the all-new Chrysler 300's interior delivers expressive style, authentic materials, passenger comfort features and precise fit and finish. Substantial interior upgrades on the all-new Chrysler 300 consist of soft touch materials, premium interior trim, available heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats, and real wood appliques on the instrument panel, doors, center console and steering wheel.

Designed to exude a luxurious environment, the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedans feature cast-skin instrument and door panels with three-dimensional dual gloss graining for a premium appearance and suppleness. Bright chrome contrasted with liquid chrome accents give the Chrysler flagship sedan the appearance of milled aluminum. For added detail, a new instrument cluster features two large gauge faces with sapphire blue illumination and chrome ring accents. Providing a premium and contemporary environment is an all-new sapphire blue LED-illuminated ambient interior lighting.

With its massive 8.4-inch Uconnect® Touch infotainment center, the all-new Chrysler 300 sedans feature the segment's largest standard touchscreen display, integrating world-class infotainment and convenience technologies to keep passengers connected, comfortable and secure. From touchscreen navigation to dual-zone climate controls, to the ability to check fuel prices and personalize convenience features, Uconnect Touch makes life in the all-new Chrysler flagship sedan an excellent experience for the driver and passengers.

Built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ont. (Canada), the 2011 Chrysler 300 arrives in showrooms in the first quarter of 2011.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Frank P. (Portchester, N.Y.)
      What is so bad to copy a few styling clues from Mercedes, Audi and Bentley???? The Lexus did that years ago and continue to do it! Hyundi is doing the same thing NOW and yet no seems to mind that!!!! They are selling an awful lot of these Mercedes knock-offs as well!!!! They laughing all the way to the bank! Great job Fiat-Chrysler. You doing a great job at redeveloping all of the Chrysler products!!! It is a win-win for everyone!!! American want to buy American and these are the kinds of products thatr attractus to the brand. This is certainly a better buy then say a $20,000.00 + more expensive Mercedes or Audi! This car should be a big seller for Chrysler again if they get the handling and breaks right!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gorgeous! A certain home run for Chrysler I am sure. Compare this car and its features to the German offerings. Its the same car for $30K less.

      Can't argue with that!
        • 4 Years Ago
        just as bland as the germans too
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't call Audis bland. In fact, I think they're the best designs on the road right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Audi designers must be flattered by the outright styling copy
      • 4 Years Ago
      The interior shots are already out on leftlanenews. And its based on the Dodge CHARGER not challenger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still a nice looking car, but I'm underwhelmed with the revision.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still reserving final judgement until I see the interior shots. I like the look of the old 300 better, but the interior could sway me. The Interior was the biggest shortcoming of the last 300 IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shoulda called it the Chrysler 500 and released it with an SRT8 500HP.

        470? Jut not enough for me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow, seeing the new and old 300s side-by-side really brings out the age of the old model and the ambiguity of the new model. hopefully the srt version will add some impact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler had to move foward on what many believed was a classic design in the 300C.
      Chrysler has been attempting to move the brand "upscale" for years and frankly was making progress with Daimler with vehicles like the 300C, the Pacifica and the Crossfire. Even the Aspen fit the mission. However, in my opinion, the PT Cruiser,
      (which was to be a Plymouth) and the ill- conceived Sebring did so much harm, that the mission floundered, especially with the long overhall cycle and financial problems.
      This new 300C and less so the 200, launches Chrysler on a new course to the same mission. Although on first blush I like the old signiture front grill better, the new one is distinctive and the styling of the 300C strikes the perfect luxury car look along with the new interior, suspension refinements and V-6 engine. A new transmission is in the wings for both 200 and 300C as the drive to impress picks up momentum.
      Almost any luxury car draws styling cues from other vehicles, but as a package this Chrysler 300C is incredably handsome and effectively hints at its classic original style. Chrysler is clearly setting a new standard of luxury for a brand that has sprouted "new wings" on a rectangular field of luxury blue. The 300C is a car onto itself and no one will mistake it for any other luxury car from Europe or Asia. It's the American standard of style and class that will draw buyers like a magnet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is very classy as opposed as the old model which was a bit vulgar (although I liked it)
      This version is going to sell very well in Europe badged as a Lancia (probably called Flaminia).
      It does look very Audi, but I guess that's the point since Audi design is in my opinion the best one of this decade.
      Chrysler needs to sell to the masses not to a niche, and this car has a much broader appeal although I agree it is less dinstinctive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have always liked 300C and it's quite a common over here but I wish they had kept the old grille, the rest of it looks great but the old grille gave it a slightly aggressive and menacing face which suited the low roof high waisted stance of the original. A popular car amongst classic enthusiasts over here is the Rover PB5 V8 Coupe and this car captures that style, hence its popularity in the UK. It will still sell well here but can we have the old grille back as a dealer fit option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think those are buzzards circling in the first photo.

      It does look far classier and less awkard than the old car, but the fact is, Audi beat them to it; and has made a brand out of this styling approach. They forgot to do the back, through. Whereas the front says, continental grace, the back says 80s Ameircan frump. But If they can do a much better interior, then maybe they can pry some pensioners out of their Avalons.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very hot looking car !!

      Love the side view !!

      Hemi power/reliability,smooth ride,awesome handling...BEAUTIFUL CHRYSLER !!!

      MOPAR RULES !!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it and actually think it will appeal to more people than just the Hip Hop crowd. Looks more refined and classy yet has a strong and masculine stance to it. Call it what you will but what Fiat has been doing Chrysler is better than what Mercedes has done for themselves with Chrysler old money!
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