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The most recent debut in Chrysler's 2011 model year refresh onslaught, the 300 flagship sedan, will make its official public debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. It won't be long before the new 300 hits dealerships, and Chrysler has just revealed that its redesigned sedan will be priced from $27,995 (*including $825 in destination charges).

Four trim levels will be available from the get-go. The 300 and 300 Limited use the automaker's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, rated at 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and routed to the pavement through the rear wheels. Base 300s come standard with things like cloth seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels and new LED headlamps and taillamps; Limited models add leather trimmed seats, heated from seats, Uconnect voice command, a rear backup camera, premium audio system and 18-inch chrome wheels. Opting for the 300 Limited will set you back $31,995.

The higher-end 300C, priced from $38,995, uses Chrysler's well-liked 5.7-liter Hemi V8, and comes standard with amenities like a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, LED interior lighting, power folding mirrors and a host of more luxurious interior options. Adding all-wheel drive to that equation nets you 19-inch wheels wrapped in wider 235/55-series tires and pricing starts at $41,145. Available on 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD models is a new SafetyTec Group option ($2,795) that includes HID headlamps, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a slate of beeping park aids.

The full details are available in Chrysler's press release after the jump, and keep your eyes peeled for the 2011 Chrysler 300 to debut at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few days.

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All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Series Sedans are Exquisitely Crafted and Designed for Passionate Drivers Who Value Substance and Individuality

* All-new Chrysler 300 sedans provide customers with elegant style, grand-touring performance, best-in-class seat comfort and the precision, refinement, premium materials and quality of the world's best E-segment luxury sedans starting at $27,995 (including destination)
* All-new flex-fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 best-in-class horsepower and an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy, while the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivers 363 horsepower and 0-60 mph in less than six seconds
* State-of-the-art connectivity, infotainment and more than 70 safety and security features keep passengers of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 connected, comfortable and secure

January 6, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

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

"The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans deliver the cutting-edge American style and innovation, while closing the elusive gap between aspiration and ownership," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Designed to give people what they deserve, not merely what they paid for, the all-new Chrysler flagship integrates world-class quality, technology and premium materials to make a mark on the streets, highways and boulevards of the world."

The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedans embody the essence of the new Chrysler brand: delivering passion for design, people and the environment through expressive design, state-of-the-art connectivity and world-class levels of quality and efficiency.

Buyers of the 2011 Chrysler 300 are inspired by thoughtful innovation, passionate about driving and are interested to express their creativity and distinct personality through new experiences. These all-new Chrysler flagship sedans meet their demands by combining superior styling, confident handling, and the craftsmanship, premium details and technology that reinforce driving as a fun and pleasurable experience.

All-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans are available in the United States in four highly equipped models: Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD. In addition, the Luxury and SafetyTec Groups provide customers with high-value content and innovative technology directly targeted for their specific needs.

With more standard equipment than its direct standard full-size segment competitors, the entry-level 2011 Chrysler 300 model is well-equipped for the individual who is looking for distinctive design, best-in-class seat comfort, best-in-class horsepower with world-class ride and handling at an extraordinary value. This vehicle features the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 292 horsepower (218 kW), 260 ft.-lb. (353 N•m) of torque, E-85 flex-fuel capability (EPA-certified states) and a proven five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick.

Other standard equipment includes standard front-row reactive head restraints, advanced multi-stage air bags, full-length side-curtain air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, driver's knee bag, rear head restraints in all positions, electronic stability control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA), Rain Brake Support (RBS), Ready Alert Braking (RAB), tire-pressure monitoring (TPM), Uconnect® Touch 8.4, USB port with iPod® Control, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, SD-card reader, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, six-speaker audio, Keyless Enter-N-Go with remote windows down, no-touch self-rising deck lid, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity sensor, front- and rear-climate control outlets, cabin air filtration, acoustic windshield and front-door glass, Black Comodo Elm interior trim, premium cloth seats with accent stitching, 12-way power driver's seats including 4-way power lumbar, 60-40 split-fold rear seat with armrest and two cup holders, cruise control, power windows with express up/down, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather-wrapped Chrysler brand steering wheel with manual tilt/telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped shift knob, luxury floor mats, deck-lid liner, 140-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), temperature display, analog clock, satin chrome interior door handles, vinyl-wrapped armrest, vinyl-wrapped door panels, LED-illuminated assist handles, LED-illuminated front map lights, LED-illuminated front cupholders, rear-passenger reading lamps, LED-illuminated front and rear door handles, LED-illuminated center-stack storage bin, glove box lamp, illuminated vanity mirrors and two 12-volt power outlets.

On the exterior, the Chrysler 300 model features 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, P215/65R17 all-season touring tires, comfort-tuned suspension, touring brake package, liquid-chrome grille bars with chromed surround, bi-halogen projector headlamps with chromed bezels, automatic headlamps, chromed daylight opening, chromed front- and rear-fascia accents, LED-illuminated "C" shaped daytime-running lamps (DRL), body-color exterior mirrors and door handles, LED-illuminated taillamps with LED-illuminated "light pipe," dual-chromed exhaust tips with rolled-edges, cap-less fuel-filler door with power release, 17-inch compact spare tire and chromed "300" deck-lid badge.

The U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 is $27,995 (including $825 destination charge).

For customers who want even more connectivity, comfort and convenience features with six-cylinder efficiency, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited adds to the features of the 300 model, and includes luxury leather trimmed seats, heated front seats, Uconnect Voice Command with handsfree Bluetooth® phone capability, ParkView® rear backup camera, vehicle security alarm, Alpine® premium audio system with six speakers and 276-watt 8-channel amplifier and LED-illuminated rear cup holders. On the exterior, the Chrysler 300 Limited includes 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, P225/60R18 BSW all-season performance tires, chromed exterior mirrors and door handles, power folding and heated mirrors, front fog lamps and 18-inch compact spare tire.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited is $31,995 (including $825 destination charge).

* Luxury Group - For customers who want the premium comfort and convenience features of the Chrysler 300C with added design details and V-6 engine efficiency on the Chrysler 300 Limited, this package group adds authentic Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl interior trim, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl trim, 180-amp alternator, driver's side auto-dimming mirrors with memory and auto-tilt in Reverse, Satin Chrome lower door sills with "Chrysler" logo, LED illuminated front-footwells, interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, heated/cooled cup holders, 12–way driver and front-passenger seats with lumbar, trimmed in Nappa leather with perforated inserts, heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory, heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals with memory; power backlight sunshade, trunk mat, power tilt and telescoping steering column

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited with Luxury Group is $35,245 (including $825 destination charge).

Continuing its rich automotive heritage and the brand's proud "letter series," the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C is designed for the customer who want grand-touring performance combined with innovative technologies and premium comfort and convenience features. In addition to the premium features found on the Chrysler 300 Limited model, this world-class flagship sedan adds the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, touring-tuned suspension with larger performance disc brakes, Uconnect Touch 8.4N with Garmin® navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link.

Other standard equipment includes a160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster with driver-selectable EVIC, Black or Dark Olive Ash Burl interior trim, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with Black or Olive Ash Burl trim, premium Nappa leather seats with 12-way power driver and front-passenger seats including four-way power lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column with memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade, Satin Chrome lower door sills with "Chrysler" logo, dual heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lit foot well lighting, LED illuminated interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, premium carpeted trunk mat, HomeLink universal transceiver and power-folding chromed exterior mirrors with memory, auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C is $38,995 (including $825 destination charge).

Combining the most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system in the E-segment with head-turning elegance and a 363 horsepower HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD is a year-round grand-touring performance machine. In addition to the standard equipment on the Chrysler 300C, the Chrysler 300C AWD model includes a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent compared with AWD systems without it. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy, while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Taking its new second-generation E-segment architecture further, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD features a touring-tuned AWD suspension and touring-tuned AWD brake package for world-class refinement and handling. For a more tailored appearance, the all-new Chrysler 300C AWD features a 0.5-inch (13 mm) tighter tire-to-fender fitment, a 0.15-inch (4 mm) lowered overall ride height, larger 19-inch wheels with wider P235/55R19 all-season performance tires and an all-new "AWD" badge.

The MSRP of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD is $41,145 (including $825 destination charge).

For customers that want the latest in accident-avoidance features, Chrysler brand's new SafetyTec Group combines advanced active- and passive-safety technologies for enhanced driver confidence.

The SafetyTec Group is available on the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD models and includes adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front- and rear-park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp (300 Limited adds HomeLink universal transceiver, rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® headlamps)

* MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300 Limited with SafetyTec Group is $34,790 (including $825 destination charge)
* MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300C with SafetyTec Group is $41,790 (including $825 destination charge)
* MSRP of the 2011 Chrysler 300C AWD with SafetyTec Group is $43,940 (including $825 destination charge)

Redesigned from the ground up, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 series sedans are the freshest entry in the U.S. standard full-size vehicle segment. While the standard full-size segment share has consistently held around 4 percent for the last 3 calendar years, the all-new Chrysler 300 sedans will reignite the segment delivering elegant style, grand-touring performance, best-in-class seat comfort and the precision and quality of the world's best E-segment luxury sedans at an attainable value.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have but one question: What about the SRT version?
        • 4 Years Ago
        6.4 Hemi = Yummy

        It is the only 300 model I care about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Me too but, the reason I didn't say "SRT8" was that it could end up being an "SRT10".
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Chrysler,

      It's called a six-speed automatic transmission. Get with the times.

      Other than that, it looks great.
        • 4 Years Ago

        pee shaw, 8-speeds are so passé.

        It if doesn't have a 10-speed, no thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell, Chrysler should have used Mercedes' 7 speed auto 3 years ago.
        It is time for ZF's 8 speed automatic.

        The 6 speed automatic party has pasts its zenith.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now here's something more car companies should take note of. This looks like a very tasteful EVOLUTION of the much-loved previous gen design. It updates the car nicely, gives it more upscale touches and doesn't ruin a good thing.

      I can say that it looks like Fiat's take-over of the Chrysler group is at least influencing better looking models if not better models all around.

      Now lets see what they do with that horrid Dodge line-up (minus the new Durango, Charger and Challenger that is)

      Regardless though, I will probably never own a Dodge/Chrysler product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bear in mind that these other companies you're asking to emulate Chrysler did not go bankrupt. A lot of them know what they are doing. Chrysler should try to hire away some Hyundai execs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't give Fiat the credit for the new Chrysler designs. I'm quite sure these designs were already in the pipe before Fiat was involved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Correct, these other companies did not go bankrupt but I don't think it's because of their designs rather than their manufacturing and business development processes.

        I was simply commenting on the looks. Personally, I think the previous-gen models of; infinity G35, Subaru legacy/Impreza, Acura TL, Audi A4 etc. look better than the newest models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess I'll be the first negative person. It looks like the same car but with ridiculous headlights/tailights. I assume that's why the price is so low, it's the same crappy car.

      Everybody else is emphasizing MPG and HP (Example: Ford Mustang with 30mpg, 305hp). Wonder why they didn't mention MPG. "All New" Chrysler 300 is clearly the same with same pig, just with some lipstick. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm really sick of the "lipstick on a pig" analogy. And I mean on EVERYTHING, not just your comment. Pigs are some of the cleanest animals who happen to taste delicious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MichaelG, in this case it would be eyeliner, not lipstick. Look at those LED's lining the eyes.

        • 4 Years Ago
        But pigs with lipstick are cute :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank God they're doing away with the base-model looking 300. It looks so low rent you think they made it uglier just so the 300C looked that much better.

      I realize they're keeping the lower end models - I'm just glad that they'll now look the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I always hated that there were two different front and rear ends (and the fact that the base models even existed!) There should still be no cloth seat option, blah! But at least that horrid 2.7 is gone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good value when compared to the competition (What competition).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully Chrysler will get their head out of their rears when it comes to Canadian Pricing. With our dollar above par their is no excuse for their current 300 pricing (especially with it being built in Canada). I am a big fan of the direction Fiat is taking Chrysler in. I can't wait to see their first joint efforts from top to bottom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ dondonel_

        The ES and the Avalon are actually great vehicles for their intended audience.

        I am not that audience at all, but they are awesome highway cruisers with comfortable barca-lounger seats and a lot of power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i take that you never truly tried those cars before?

        fyi, the Avalon is an Lexus without badge. i have driving one for few days and it is easily the best toyota sedan on the road, quiet and smooth.

        the biggest problem about 300 (and i do end up with 300 as rental car VERY FREQUENTLY), is the car look giant from the outside, but inside room is actually quite limited. the rare view is horrible due to the classic shape it tries to maintain, the engine on the regular 300 is just nothing to talk about. if the new 300 is using the same formula as the old one, i expect to see 30% off commercial very soon.
        • 4 Years Ago

        What are talking about, both ES and Avalon are streched Camrys. They are terribly uncompetitive vehicles in the current market, Avalon sells five times less than in 2005 - this is awful performance, but hardly surprising, buick, lincoln eat their lunch these days. Have you seen the latest avalon update, that's the ugliest, tasteless dashboard/center console in the whole class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What competition? There is a lot, actually and all are very nice vehicles.

        1. Genesis
        2. Avalon
        3. Taurus
        4. ES
        5. Lacrosse

        Not everyone cares if a vehicle in RWD or FWD, we enthusiasts do but 95% of the car buying population doesn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 300 will outsell just about every cat on that list. The ES is really the only car on this list that will sell enough units to beat the 300.

        Genesis - Okay car, but a sales proven failure.
        Taurus - Nice car still a slow seller.
        Avalon - How many of these does Toyota sell in a month? Maybe 5 or 6 hundred?
        Lacrosse - Love this car, but the 300 is a better value.
        ES - Its a Camry in a Sunday suit, gonna be tough to beat.

        Last gen 300 was the classic sedan, people loved them, even with the el cheapo interior. New 300 updated the classic, with a much better interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Avalon and ES are bought solely on the badge, only the others are decent competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems overpriced by about $5,000.
        Tires sizes seem wrong. 215/65 17 was fine-for the 2.7 V6 & 4 speed auto.
        How about 235/60 17 directional all-season for the 3.6? http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Goodyear&tireModel=Fortera+TripleTred&partnum=36TR7FORTTT&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&tab=Specs

        Winter tire size: 215/65 17 front 235/60 17

        The Hemi is going to need wider tires, 245/55 18

        Isn't the 2012 Genesis getting a 320hp [regular fuel] 3.8 GDI V6 + 8 speed auto as the base [for US market] powertrain, with an optional 420hp [regular] 5.0 GDI V8
        The KIA rear drive sedan should be out soon enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Taurus? I wouldn't go that far. The MKS is more like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's still based on Chrysler's "LX platform", which was outdated when it was introduced.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You've obviously never driven one. Motor Trend sees the 2011 Charger as being one step away, (8 Speed Tranny), from being a Performance LEGEND. The Charger, as is the 300, are both LX Cars. Old outdated cars with mild refreshes don't get as close to Legendary status like the LX Cars. They're proven awesome.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow FAIL. That front end looks like a bad Korean copy of an Audi, except KIA and Hyundai wouldn't make that mistake these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks so much better than the previous generation, the front of which I always thought looked like an electric shaver. The rear end in profile still looks too stubby.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DON'T BUY IT!
      Chryslers are HORRIBLE! I have a brand new one and it's been in and out of the shop for days at a time...then, they don't even offer a rental car! They've also lied to me about some of the problems with the car. They don't apologize. They don't even offer free oil changes. They're completely clueless and unhelpful. It's been an inconvience beyond belief and a complete waste of money! I'm telling you. Don't do it! No Chrysler...no Dodge...no Jeep!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sounds like you have more of a problem with the dealer than Chrysler. Care to share who the dealer is?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're lying. I've never had any Chrysler product be in the shop much...especially THAT much, and I've always been offered a rental/loaner. Oh, and before you bash me, I'm on my 10th new Chrysler product
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey amazingone, I'll do a CARFAX to see if such a car even exists, just put the vin out there. I bet it doesn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Care to share the vin number from your new 2011 Chrysler 300. The official launch of the car took place less than two weeks ago and I doubt that many people have received the car by now and have had it long enough to have it be "in and out of the shop for days at a time". If you want to be critical at least be honest with what you are reporting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would I lie about such a thing? Why would you call me a liar liberty and billfrombuckhead? And, I'm not putting my VIN on here. What's your VIN?

        The dealer is in Southern California. It's not just them, so I don't want to put them out there. I've spoken to customer service reps in the U.S. and, of course, India. They all refused to give me a rental car...and that was when my car was only about 5 months old and the power steering reservoir was broken! Then, my electrical went out in my whole car. They had the car for over a week-no rental. I've had leaking struts, bad calipers, brake problems, shock problems....I can't even remember all of them.

        I wasn't expressing my discontent with my car simply to get all of you pissed off. I was just trying to warn you. I regret buying this car everyday and I'm in the process of looking for a new car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, I mentioned this earlier, but for some reason it didn't post, but I don't own a Chrysler 300. I just said that I owned a Chrysler.
      fred schaefer
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but it looks like something my grandmother would drive. The 300 has always looked like it was modeled after something a 6 yr old drew. A brick with wheels. What happened to vehicles that were visually pleasing, and an actual remodeling every 4 years at the max? The Challenger makes me breathe heavy, but the 300 makes me yawn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @fred schaefer
        The Challenger makes your pulse race but the 300 SRT8 didn't?! I'll admit the base model wasn't anything special but the SRT8 version was gorgeous IMO.
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