More sharpness for American cars

Auburn Hills (USA), November 27, 2014

At the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014 from 21 to 30 November is the Chrysler 300 and the sportier 300 S in front of the 2015er-lifted model versions. What's New at the top US mid-size sedans, which are manufactured in Canada Brampton? New look, new engines, new safety features and new equipment options?

Moderate changes in the optic

Visually, the five-meter Chrysler sedans were tightened only moderately. A new, steeper grill, the logo of the brand now carries more present in the middle. The LED light signatures were revised front and rear, and it will be added optional LED fog lamps. The high beltline and tapered tail remain unchanged. There are seven new wheel designs in a size range of 17 to 20 inches and a redesigned front and rear aprons. The sportier S model also distinguishes itself through a rear spoiler and is standard on 20 - inch wheels ( all-wheel-S with 19-inch wheels ).

Not much new in the interior

Inside Chrysler wants to catch up in the points luxury and modernity and offers four trim lines with precious materials such as nappa leather, aluminum, chrome or polished real wood appliqu├ęs on. The analog instrument cluster is supplemented by a TFT display. As standard the infotainment system runs over a seven-inch touch screen in the center console, which should be possible to connect to all major smartphones. If desired, a 8.5-inch display is installed. Similar to Jaguar, the gear lever was replaced by a rotary knob.

Engine revolution?

Who in the engine department expects a revolution, let me tell you that is a true North American motor revolutions are excluded there largely 300. So come under the hood again two real sucker for use. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 292 hp ( 300 S comes in the Pentastar 300 hp) and the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 363 hp. Which is also in the previous model as an option on the V6 engine available eight-speed automatic counts from now on each drive unit as standard. Nevertheless, it boasts the fuel consumption: 10.2 liters Converted calls the V6. The V8 will suck around 12.3 liters per 100 kilometers in the combustion chambers.

Sunny technical innovations

However, there are also technical innovations. Thus, the aluminum-axis have been reviewed in both the rear, as well as for all-wheel drive versions, in order to reduce the weight of the unsprung mass. The power steering is electrically assisted immediately and the optional Sport mode changes on a button, the damper settings, the gas and brake pedal characteristic and reduces the switching times of the eight-speed box. There are also improved emergency brake assist and an adaptive cruise control.

USA yes, Germany no

From 2015, the Chrysler 300 is coming into the US market. Prices start there the equivalent of 25,150 euros without the then applicable taxes. In Europe, the 300 model within FCA Group ( Chrysler Fiat Automobiles ) was far below the Lancia label. With the revamped model of guided here as Lancia Thema 300 will expire. The 2015er version will therefore not be available in Germany. The situation is different, for example, in the UK market. Since FCA is there with Chrysler itself, the true-North Americans will be there at the dealer . (ml)