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Updated Chrysler 300C now in NZ


Three years since storming the market, the Chrysler 300C has received its first refresh

The new Chrysler 300C sees minor changes to the rear fascia and tail lamps, with the sedan now sporting a rear deck lid featuring an SRT-inspired integrated spoiler and high-mounted stop light. The unique and imposing front stays the same.

Inside you'll find added luxury, such as a change to the dark slate premium leather upholstery, LED lighting in the front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets, along with soft-touch surfaces on arm rests and door panels. Also new are the instrument panel and centre-console design, highlighted with satin silver bezels.

New entertainment and communications options on the Chrysler 300C sedan and Touring wagon include a Boston Acoustics eight-speaker 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system and MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System. An iPod® interface is also added to the UConnect® Hands-free Communication System module.

“Most of the changes are subtle, because you don’t want to radically alter what is already such a successful formula, so what we have aimed to do is enhance the ownership experience and value,” says David Smith General Manager of Chrysler New Zealand.

“The 300C has become a benchmark for Chrysler in terms of its styling, performance and quality of craftsmanship and the new model lifts the bar even higher.”

Under that elegant bonnet the 300C continues to offer four power options, but with some minor changes.

The 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine has improved performance and economy thanks to an all-new active, three-plenum intake manifold and ETC, offering 183kW @ 6500 and 340Nm @ 3800rpm.

The 5.7-litre V8 HEMI®-powered Chrysler 300C now has a “Fuel Saver Mode” display, included as part of the Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC), that tells drivers when they are in four-cylinder mode, that Chrysler says will allow them to modify their driving habits for improved fuel efficiency.

Chrysler 300C's standard Multi-Displacement System (MDS) turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders of the 5.7-litre HEMI engine when V8 power is not needed. MDS reportedly improves fuel economy by up to 11%, depending on driving style and vehicle usage.

Also available is the 3.0-litre V6 CRD engine, fitted with Bosch high-pressure fuel injection (1600+ bar), a variable geometry turbocharger, four valves per cylinder with dual overhead camshafts, and Piezo injectors with a 0.1 millisecond response time. Maximum power of 160kW and peak torque of 510Nm from just 1600rpm is unchanged.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 now features an all-new deck lid with an integrated spoiler, new tail lamps and black mesh definitive front grille. Other unique touches to the 300C SRT8’s exterior include new body side mouldings, body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, body-colour mirrors and door handles, along with unique SRT badging.

End-user technology figures prominently in the Chrysler 300C SRT8 with new features such as the SRT-exclusive Reconfigurable Display in the cluster providing performance data, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Kicker premium surround-sound system.

Powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V8 engine producing 317kW and 569Nm of torque, the Chrysler 300C SRT8’s powertrain has over 65 additional kilowatts 27% more than the 5.7-litre HEMI.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has a ride height that is lowered 13mm from the 300C. In addition, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has been tuned for the 300C SRT8’s Adaptive Cruise Control.

The stopping performance results from a four-wheel, disc-brake system featuring performance callipers developed by Brembo, each equipped with four pistons for even clamping. Up front, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 has 360 x 32mm vented rotors, and 350 x 28mm vented rotors in the rear.

From a safety viewpoint, all models offer electronic stability programme, featuring ABS anti-lock brakes and traction control, along with six airbags to protect occupants.

Chrysler 300C pricing starts from $60,990.

Read a review of the Chrysler 300C here.

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