Thursday, April 09, 2009

2011 Chrysler 300


Chrysler showed this picture of the next 300 Interior at the New York auto show this week.
Part of a campaign to make sure we know they're still alive.

And it does look really nice. Much better than the current car.
I did a couple of test drives of the 300 over the past couple of years, and really liked it. Mostly. except the rough 2.7 Liter engine.
The new one should use the same new 3.6 Liter introduced in the Grand Cherokee.
Let's just hope there is still room for a big classic American sedan in the near future.

And they now will have to compete with a really nice new Taurus.

We'll see...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks nice but can't really compete with the Camry Hybrid or other Hybrid options. Isn't this really a classic "Mexican" sedan?

Anonymous said...

Too little too late. The Grand Cherokee interior was generations better than the former GC, but still not competitive with 2010+ offerings from other automakers, even GM and Ford.

This 300 interior is vastly improved over the current 300 interior (but that's not saying much since the current one is just awful), but still not as good as the competition, foreign or domestic. The rendering appears to indicate far too much hard plastic on the dash and door sides.

Anonymous said...

Way better than most other interiors, especially the ones from Toyota and Honda with their odd shapes and multiple buttons. Dispense with the bargain basement plastics and we might have ourselves a winner.

Anonymous said...

they copy the stying from Hyundai?

Anonymous said...

No, they are copying from the interior of the Chrysler Imperial concept car:

http://carsmedia.ign.com/cars/image/article/686/686629/chrysler-imperial-concept-20060207044815770.jpg

Anonymous said...

Well, it's no Cadillac STS ( or even CTS) but it certainly puts Acura & Lexus to shame.

Anonymous said...

It obviously outclasses Camry/Avalon or Accord/Acura but is that really enough? That next Tarus is going to be a tough benchmark to beat. And I doubt the next 425HP HEMI version will be as fuel efficent as the SHO. With Buick rated #1 in Quality (yes, ahead of Lexus: JDPower; et.al.) and Ford's Hybrid Fusion setting new standards in efficency I just don't think its good enough anymore just to be better than Toyota or Honda -- those were yesterday's goals.

Junk is junk said...

"Anonymous said...
Well, it's no Cadillac STS ( or even CTS) but it certainly puts Acura & Lexus to shame."

What type of moronic comment is that? Seriously???

THAT IS A RENDERING!

Lexus and Acura are jewel like with their fit and finish and material choices. Chrysler can't touch them, neither can the domestics.

Please keep in mind I drive a 2007 Fusion SEL so I drive a domestic vehicle myself.

"Anonymous said...
Way better than most other interiors, especially the ones from Toyota and Honda with their odd shapes and multiple buttons. Dispense with the bargain basement plastics and we might have ourselves a winner."

Ummm, I don't agree at all.

I'd buy another Fusion or an Accord before I would ever even consider this 300.


Chrysler isn't even going to be here in a year, and that is a good thing. I'll never forgive that company for what they put my father through with his 300C.

Anonymous said...

"I'll never forgive that company for what they put my father through with his 300C." This has a lot to do with exactly 2 people in this world: your father, & the 1 person at the 1 dealership who dealt with your father. It has absolutely no relevance to Chrysler Design and is totally irrelevent with regards to the quality of ANY car ANYWHERE. I'll assume that you father was a model customer, and just hope that they fired that 1 guy at your father's dealership who apparently had a bad day (month?). I've never owned a company that didn't have at least 1 lazy incompetent employee somewhere; and at least 1 emotionally disturbed jackass customer (even with companies that sold foreign products exclusively). It doesn't make the entire company a pile of crap.

Anonymous said...

"Lexus and Acura are jewel like with their fit and finish and material choices" Don't miss the forest for the trees, here. Bad design is bad design. Period. And both honda and Toyota have more than their share of bad designs -- especially from an aesthetic perspective. If you want to trash Chrysler at least accept the facts: Chrysler Marketing (and most GM ads as well, for that matter) are 1060's thinking. THAT's what makes or breaks your sales numbers. And thats why the maker of the EDSEL is doing better than GM, Chrysler, Toyota OR Honda RIGHT NOW. That's also why tha maker of one of the highest quality cars ever -- Dusenberg-- is out of business. Customers are just people, they're not all engineers or specialists in ergonamics and styling. Like PTBarnum often said; "There's one born every minute". to which I might add: "Marketing (not advertising) is EVERYTHING!" and THAT lies at the core of all sales figures. NOT just the product. THATs why Honda (currently NOT in the top 5 in quality) outsells Buick (currently #1 in Quality and Owner satisfaction: just read the March 2009 reports).

Anonymous said...

YOU SAID: "GM spends $80 BILLION EVERY YEAR (in the US alone) JUST for Union Pensions for people who are NOT working anywhere (they're retired). Toyota spends 90% LESS -- WORLDWIDE! If we REALLY wanted to save jobs, Obama would pickup the Pension and GM would instantainously be the MOST profitable auto maker (forget the loans; they won't be needed). (After all, if GM goes broke the US Taxpayer is getting stuck with the bill anyway! -- via wellfare, AFDC, social security, unemployment insurance, and soon nationalized social health care.)" GM STILL outsells Toyota (not to mention... (the US) can't support 3 car companies; while the country with one of the smallest markets (Japan) EASILY supports 7" I SAY: (GM) must be the most well-run super-efficent company the world has ever seen to have lasted THIS long with such incapicitating union contracts: (but union money is probably why the Obama Campaign could outspend the Republicans so overwhelmingly, so I doubt anybody is looking at "accountability" when it comes to GM's Union Contracts & their Pension Fund Clauses). FORGET THE BAILOUT: Let Uncle Sam pickup the (Union) Pension costs and GM will take care of itself just fine.