Promised to be improved in every way, the new 300C boasts a new V6 diesel engine and more sophisticated technology which could bring it inline with it’s closest rivals within the sector. Prices start from £35,995 and just two models will be available from launch – Executive and Limited.
The 300C features Rain Brake Support which helps keep the brake pads dry for better stopping power in poor conditions is unique to this class of car. Ventilated front seats and heated rears, the Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen display, mirrors that darken automatically to limit headlight glare, cruise control, and 18-inch wheels are all standard on the Limited model.
The Executive version has a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system, radar Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a two-panel panoramic sunroof as well as the forward collision monitoring system and 20-inch alloy wheels. Chrysler has promised that high grade materials have been used throughout, from the redesigned Nappa leather seats to real wood panels on the dashboard. The body is made from a variety of new materials including advanced high resistance and ultra-strong steel. The improved rigidity combined with all-new suspension means the rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300C doesn’t just handle better than ever, it’s also quieter and more refined too.
Instrument and door panels are clad with soft-touch materials chosen to meet Chrysler’s strict quality goals. For example, the steering wheel is finished in highly polished walnut and hand-stitched leather. But the stitches have been strategically placed so the driver’s hands come into contact only with smooth surfaces.
The instrument panel is treated with the cast skin technique which appears similar to leather, while the seats are covered in Nappa leather. Real wood inserts on the instrument panel, doors, centre console and steering wheel surround further heighten the upscale appearance. The dashboard is finished with discreet chrome touches to emphasise the 300C’s high quality nature.
To improve rear seat comfort, the front seat backrests have a sculpted shape for about 20cm more knee room. To ensure more foot room, the seat guides are located at the edges of the base.
An all-new 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel has designed to be big on efficiency, refinement and power, and made its UK debut in the new Jeep Grand Cherokee last year. A single variable geometry Garrett VGT 2056 turbocharger with intercooler ensures the engine is smooth and responsive at all speeds and yields a 0-62.5mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 144mph. But the engine is so efficient it can return 39.8mpg on the Combined Cycle and emits 185g/km of CO2.
At the rear, vertical LED tail lamps are connected by a chrome fascia accent. The boot sports a built-in spoiler while the 300C’s performance prowess is hinted at by twin oval tail pipes that are integrated into the rear valance. The all-new 300C goes on sale in the UK on the 14th June 2012.