Chrysler does lap of luxury with its 300C
CHRYSLER has just announced prices and spec for its new luxury motor, the 300C, writes Eddie Cunningham.
There will be two versions -- with the three-litre V6 (239bhp) 3.0 V6 turbodiesels (185g/km --28pc VRT and €677 road tax) at their hearts.
Prices start at €57,995 for Limited version and €62,495 for Executive model. Both versions are special order only until the end of 2012. After that, sales get into full swing.
Correctly described by Chrysler, in my opinion, as being 'unabashed American' in its styling, the new car does benefit from a suspension retuned more in keeping, one hopes, with European driving conditions.
The current 300C has been something of a favourite for those who like their cars big, roomy and well equipped -- at a 'reasonable' price. Its forte has been 'big for the money', I think.
It is certainly living up to that on the new one. Standard equipment includes full leather trim with electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats, as well as heated rear seats. You think that's luxury? What about an electrically adjustable and heated steering wheel?
Then there are 18ins alloys, auto-dimming and folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically opened boot-lid.
Oh! Yes, it even has heated and cooled cup-holders. There is also a touch-screen infotainment system that has a 30GB hard drive, Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming, a DAB receiver and integrated sat nat.
The Executive version adds two-tone Nappa leather trim, leather-covered dashboard, a dual-pane, panoramic electric sunroof and 20ins alloys.
Some of the safety equipment is eyecatching: there's a reversing camera with 'Cross Path Detection' and nine airbags. The Limited version adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection and -- wait for it -- 'forward collision mitigation'.
The latter sounds like something politicians might want.