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If you’re looking to feel safe of the roads, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the thumbs up to the 2011 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. These cars have driven away with the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick designations after achieving good ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear impact protection.
When a vehicle wins a Top Safety Pick award, it means that it has been recognized by the IIHS as offering the best overall crash protection. These vehicles must also come standard with electronic stability control (ESC), an important crash-avoidance feature.
To win this award, Chrysler brought its safety game to the table and really improved the safety of the 2011 Charger. It’s interesting to note that the last generation of the Charger and 300 earned the second lowest rating of ‘marginal’ for side impact protection (and that’s including the head-protecting side curtain airbags installed in the cars). This also marks the first time these vehicles have been rated in the Institute’s roof strength test for rollover protection – and they passed with flying colors. The roof of the Charger withstood a force equal to 5.37 times the car’s weight (the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight).
Chrysler President and CEO Olivier Francois cast his company as the underdog about to fight back after being knocked down. Francois opened Chrysler’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show press conference by reciting lyrics from Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. After not introducing anything new last year, Chrysler is bouncing back, unveiling the final piece of its completely revamped 2011 lineup, the re-designed Chrysler 300c.
Chrysler’s flagship 300C sedan has been completely revamped. The interior has been revised with a new iPad-like 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment center a major focal point. Other optional luxury upgrades include heated and coolest seats, a dual-pane sunroof, and 20-inch wheels.
Up front, the 300C gets Chrysler’s new front grille design with the horizontal blades, though Mopar will offer mesh grilles for people who prefer the old look. At the back, the 300C’s trunk slopes directly into the rear bumper.
As previously revealed, the 300 gets the new Pentastar V6 as standard with 292-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. A Hemi V8 is optional with 5.7-liters of displacement and Chrysler’s new Fuel Saver Technology that shuts down cylinders when not in need to conserve fuel (Chrysler claims fuel economy of 30 mpg). Output is rated at 360-hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque.
GALLERY: 2011 Chrysler 300C Debut
GALLERY: 2011 Chrysler 300C
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You might be thinking to yourself that Chrysler has already released full details on the new 2011 version of its popular 300 sedan, but you’d only be partially right. While we have already seen the revamped machine, Chrysler has just released a new selection of photos that really showcase the attractive lines of the barge – plus, we’re finally getting a look at the interior.
We’ll hold back on full judgement until we drive the car, but it looks to be the significant improvement that Chrysler promised. Plus, there’s a seriously large Nav screen.
In case you missed the earlier reports, the 300 will be available with Chrysler’s new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 and optional 5.7-liter V8 with new cylinder deactivation technology to help save fuel.
We’ll bring you more details from the official debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 10th.
GALLERY: 2011 Chrysler 300C
Scheduled to debut a full month away at the Detroit Auto Show, the folks at Chrysler were obviously too proud of their redesigned flagship sedan to wait. We’ve already been teased with several close-ups of the redesigned Chrysler 300, but now we have the full vehicle to show you.
Looking more polished, but just as luxurious as when it first popped onto the scene half a decade ago, the 300 also gets a significant interior redesign much like the 2011 Dodge Charger with an optional 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Other optional goodies include heated and coolest seats, a dual-pane sunroof, and even a nice set of 20-inch wheels. Chrysler also promises improved luxury through significantly decreased sound deadening.
As for power, like the Charger, the 300 gets the new Pantastar V6 as standard with 292-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. A Hemi V8 is optional with 5.7-liters of displacement and Chrysler’s new Fuel Saver Technology that shuts down cylinders when not in need to conserve fuel. Output is rated at 360-hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque.
Be sure to check back for full details and live photos with Detroit Auto Show coverage starting January 10th.
GALLERY: 2011 Chysler 300
[Source: Motor Trend]
Chrysler has revealed numerous photos of its new 300 sedan ahead of its official reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
The pics are actually a series of close-up teasers, meaning that while you can’t see what the entire vehicle will look like, it shouldn’t be hard if you have an imagination. After all, the 2011 300 sedan isn’t a totally new vehicle, but is just one of numerous refreshed platforms for the 2011 season – a list that includes the Town & Country minivan, as well as numerous Dodge products like the Journey, Grand Caravan and Avenger.
Along with redesigned headlights, taillights, a new trunk design and a new grille the 2011 300 will come with a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood, making close to 300-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. Also expect a 5.7-liter Hemi V8-powered model using cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy. Both RWD and AWD versions will be available.