Chrysler 300C and 300S Luxury Sedan

Newest Addition to Hire Car Industry is Chrysler 300C sedan.

Available Colour Choices include Black, White , Silver and grey.

Its very popular with our wedding clients as well.

It gives a tough challenge to Caprice in style and luxury but lacks in legroom and bootspace.

‘American Icon’, ‘Gangster Wheels’…when it comes to the 300, Chrysler has heard it all. Well, the all-new Chrysler 300 is here, it’s matured and looks…well, elegant and contemporary really.

 

Chrysler 300C Overview

The second-generation Chrysler 300 debuted mid-year. An all-new model with much improved driving dynamics – courtesy of a much improved chassis – the Chrysler 300 is a full-size sedan with plenty of space inside which competes with the likes of Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.

Apart from its head-turning looks (although now more refined and elegant that the previous model), the Chrysler 300 challenges its locally-made rivals with abundant interior luxury, extensive standard features and an eight-speed automatic transmission. And get this – the Chrysler 300’s 3.6-litre V6 is more fuel efficient than both Commodore and Falcon.

Car Showroom tested the mid-grade Chrysler 300C V6 which retails at $46,500. Entry to the 300C range is the 300 Limited ($43,000) while further upscale is the 300C Luxury ($51,000) and the racy 6.4-litre V8 SRT8. Chrysler also offers the 300 with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel priced from $48,000.

 

And – here’s a first in this league – the Chrysler 300C drives the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

 

Chrysler 300C The Interior

The elegance and luxury inside is where the Chrysler 300C really stamps its mark over rival full-size sedans. ‘Soft touch surfaces’ are a current automotive industry buzz and the 300C has them in abundance – the dashboard, upper doors and centre console.

Instrumentation is very elegant and the thick four-spoke steering wheel (adjustable for rake and rear) feels nice. A centre analogue clock and ambient lighting add to the luxury.

Seats adopt varying dual-density foam with ‘pillow top’ designs – like all American cars, they’re large and comfortable. Same story in the rear where legroom is plentiful.

And for the expected American touch, the front cupholders are heated and cooled (hey, we enjoyed our warm coffees in the morning peak-hour rush).

Out back, the boot is massive (462-litres) and the 60/40 split-fold rear seat affords extra cargo versatility.

 

Chrysler 300C Exterior And Styling

The first Chrysler 300 drew gasps when it first appeared – edgy and tough to say the least – and while the all-new model has obvious cues to its predecessor, it’s more elegant and contemporary.

Chrysler’s Detroit-based styling team brought new technology into the mix, so for example, the all-new 300 adopts rolled frame doors (the old model’s doors were fully stamped) which enabled use of thinner pillars which are important in the more contemporary overall look.

And while the beltline is still relatively high, the all-new model adopts rear quarter windows for a three-window side design (which combines with the thinner pillars to provide better visibility). Further, the top of the windscreen is 76mm higher – again for enhanced vision.

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At the front, the new-look grille and headlights are both modern and less ‘in-you-face’ than the predecessor, while the rear sees a bootlid spoiler and nice-looking clear lens tail-lights. Our 300C test car rode on nice 18-inch alloy wheels (20-inch optional and standard on ‘Luxury’ and SRT8 models).

 

Chrysler 300C On The Road

As an all-new model, with an all-new platform, the latest Chrysler 300C brings a chassis and suspension set-up significantly better than its predecessor. Benchmarking rival rear-wheel-drive sedans from Europe, Chrysler equips the latest 300C with a much stiffer platform – 67 per-cent of the lower structure and 53 per-cent of the upper structure in high-strength steel and special steel in the A and B-pillars and body panel reinforcements not only for ride and handling but also for rollover strength (the 300C can handle four-times its own weight when upside-down).

With a handy 50.9/49.1 weight distribution, new geometry for the front and multi-link rear suspension, new shock absorbers and springs, plus new bushings, the Chrysler 300 is slick and contemporary, no doubt about it.

And it feels slick on the road. While we haven’t yet secured a sporty SRT8 model for an extended test, our 300C made light work of our high-speed mountain roads test loop.

Driving any large sedan inevitably draws comparisons with the locally-made products and clearly the Chrysler 300C is more than a match for the best of them. We loved the front-end response which delivered sharp turn-in with hardly a hint of roll and that sophisticated rear-end (aided by the array of electronic aids) kept things nicely balanced at all speeds.

Response from the 3.6-litre V6 and eight-speed auto was good and the 300C accelerated with handy pace.

Around town, the Chrysler 300C was a very refined conveyance with pleasing levels of noise insulation. The high waistline meant, even with the standard reversing camera, some judgment was needed when reverse parking on the street (those alloy wheels are too nice to curb!).