Locally produced Chrysler 300C Sedan debuts at Auto China 2006

Locally produced Chrysler 300C Sedan debuts at Auto China 2006  
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Motor Shows, Sedans/Saloons, Chrysler
on 11/18/2006

Source: Chrysler Group

Shortly after its launch in China, the locally produced Chrysler 300C Sedan debuts at Auto China 2006 to give another hit to Chinese public. With a shape based on the company’s all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Chrysler 300C features classic proportions of the legendary Chrysler brand flagship. A long hood, short deck and dramatic profile complete with 18-inch wheels give Chrysler 300C its stunning presence.

Simply stated, the Chrysler 300C Sedan has signaled a design direction that will make everything else on the road now in China seem ordinary. The dramatic expressive exterior, together with the rear-wheel-drive configuration, continues the Chrysler brand’s long-standing tradition of innovative design in this locally produced vehicle.

Chrysler 300C Sedan’s interior continues the noble, proud themes of the exterior with distinctive features, materials and textures that provide a handcrafted and upscale feel. The Chrysler 300C interior comes with a generous level of standard equipment and amenities, including a remote-controlled DVD audio video system in the rear seats.

Housed in the center of the vehicle’s dashboard, this system features a large 14.7cm full-color display, AM/FM stereo, six-disc CD system that can play MP3 audio files and navigation system, all in one unit.

High Performance from a Range of Engines

A car designed from the ground up with performance and premium quality in mind demanded powertrain systems that exceeded customers’ expectations. Three engines and two transmissions were developed to provide the optimum in powertrain choices for Chrysler 300C Sedan buyers. The 2.7-liter V-6 provides an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy, quietness and durability.

The 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivers higher output, still with a perfect blend of performance and economy, and for the ultimate in performance, Chrysler 300C Sedan customers can choose the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.

The Chrysler 300C Sedan marks the return of the HEMI engine to the Chrysler brand after nearly 50 years. The legendary engine design that powered Chrysler’s “letter series” cars in the 1950s has been re-engineered and reborn as a modern, high-performance, fuel-efficient and durable powerplant known as the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. With 250 kW (340 hp DIN) and 525 N•m (390 lb.-ft.) of torque, the Chrysler 300C can go from 0 to 100 Km/h in 6.4 seconds (0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds) and reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 Km/h (155 mph).

Chrysler 300C Sedan offers a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) as standard on a V-8 engine. The Chrysler Group’s MDS seamlessly turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders of the 5.7-liter HEMI engine when V-8 power is not needed. This provides a world-class combination of outstanding performance, power and very competitive fuel economy. MDS increases fuel economy up to 20 percent, depending on driving style and vehicle usage.

Transmissions were matched to the engines to provide the best combination of performance, smoothness and fuel economy. Two transmissions are available in the Chrysler 300C Sedan. A proven DaimlerChrysler five-speed automatic transmission is standard on Chrysler 300C vehicles equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and the 3.5-liter engines. The five-speed automatic transmission is controlled by Chrysler Group’s Auto Stick driver-selectable range control. This shifter accommodates fully automatic shifting or the driver can select each gear manually. The 2.7-liter engine is matched to a revised version of a proven Chrysler Group four-speed automatic transmission.

New Rear-wheel-drive Chassis for Great Handling

Transferring all this power to the road is Chrysler’s new rear-wheel-drive chassis architecture. Rear-wheel drive offers the best vehicle balance and handling with front wheels steering and rear wheels driving.

Overall, the Chrysler 300C Sedan is engineered to offer a smooth, quiet and luxurious ride while maintaining a feeling of control and confidence. For the Chinese market, the Chrysler 300C has a unique steering, suspension calibration and wheel and tire set-up that is adapted toward higher-speed ride and handling.

The HEMI-powered Chrysler 300C Sedan offers even more athletic and nimble suspension and steering characteristics, with the front and rear suspension tuned for greater handling performance. A well-damped ride with reduced body roll gives the customer a precise and responsive driving experience.

The short- and long-arm front suspension together with a five-link independent rear suspension provides excellent handling and ride characteristics. Power rack and pinion steering makes parking easier without compromising steering performance at speed, balancing comfort and ease of operation with feel and responsiveness.

An anti-lock braking system (ABS), all-speed Traction Control and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) are all standard on the locally produced Chrysler 300C Sedan. This integrated system benefits from state-of-the-art electronics that provide much faster response than in the past.

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