Chrysler Brand Expands 300 Lineup With New 2012 Models Designed For Different Lifestyles• All-new Chrysler 300 SRT8® wîth its 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 offers ultimate combination of world-class luxury and performance in Chrysler's most powerful, best-handling sedan ever
• All-new Chrysler 300S Series brings a youthful and aggressive appearance wîth athletic style and sophistication
• With premium materials and world-class refinement, the all-new 300C Executive Series is the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
• Three all-new models bring uniquely distinct personalities to the Chrysler flagship sedan's 2012 model lineup
• Available in Chrysler showrooms in third quarter 2011
April 20, 2011 , New York - The success of the modern Chrysler 300 launched in 2005 can be attributed to its broad appeal. People of all ages, incomes, and lifestyles were attracted to the sedan's dramatic styling, power and performance. The 2011 model year brought the introduction of the all-new Chrysler 300, 300 Limited and 300C. For 2012, the Chrysler brand is expanding the appeal of its flagship 300 sedan even further by launching three all-new models, all wîth unmistakably bold American style, luxury and performance targeted at different owner lifestyles.
As the king of the lineup, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8® adds high-performance hardware to the elegant proportions and head turning design of the 2011 Chrysler 300C to provide the ultimate combination of world-class luxury, power and handling. With an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, the 300 SRT8 is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline filled excitement, but don't want to sacrifice comfort and innovative features to get it.
Appealing to younger, more urban-centric customers that want world-class sophistication combined wîth athletic-luxury and a more aggressive look, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S delivers. This 300 'street machine' features 20-inch aluminum wheels wîth black painted pockets, sport-tuned suspension, premium audio, black exterior accents and a monotone black or exclusive black wîth Radar Red interior environment.
Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series wîth an ultra-premium leather wrapped cockpit, will appeal to customers lòòking to reward their hard work wîth a true American luxury vehicle that rivals the best the imports can offer.
'We're bringing three new and distinct models to our 300 lineup in 2012 wîth the 300 SRT8, 300S Series and 300C Executive Series, each designed wîth specific consumer lifestyles in mind,' said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. 'More than an icon of simple American motoring, the Chrysler 300 is an icon of attainable style and performance. For those customers who live for the sport of being first, the all-new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the no compromises king of the hill, featuring the ultimate combination of world-class luxury and performance in our most powerful, best-handling sedan ever.'
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance engineering team builds upon the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan already executed for a world-class luxury experience, to deliver Chrysler's most powerful and best handling model ever.
Projected performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12 second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evokes a strong comparison to the original high-performance production car of its time – the 1955 Chrysler 300. Known for simple, strong lines, excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding performance wîth the first modern American V-8 engine to produce 300 horsepower, the first Chrysler 300 (C-300) was styled by Virgil Exner, who radically redesigned the entire Chrysler line and created what they called 'The Forward Look' in 1955. Without much chrome on the sides, his designs were simple, but strong. Exner is credited wîth creating the illusion of fast, forward movement.
The Chrysler C-300 won on both the road course and the 'flying mile' at Daytona in 1955. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events again. In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR competition in 1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship in both years. A legendary and luxurious performance car was born. The 'letter cars' quickly became the most desirable of the Chrysler lineup and became known as the 'Beautiful Brutes.'
Únder the hood of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 makes its debut in the Chrysler brand product lineup delivering an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, up 40 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.
The improved torque output - including an additional 80 lb.-ft. at 2,900 rpm - allows for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft wîth cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.
Even wîth the elevated power numbers, an estimated 25-percent fuel economy increase on the highway is achieved by use of a new for 2012 active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range. The new active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.
Specific fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction.
Standard §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor console. Both are mated to the proven five-speed automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track.
Both methods give the driver the ability to manually shift the transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The transmission controller calibration in 'Auto' mode prevents situations that might over rev the engine; while in 'Sport' mode, it allows the driver full control of the shifting schedule. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.
Outstanding ride and handling
New for 2012 is an Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system that is tuned specifically for the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to offer a compliant and comfortable ride. The ADS system also uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs - such as vehicle speed, §teering angle, §teering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral and vertical accelerations - to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions when necessary.
In addition, drivers can manually choose between 'Auto' and 'Sport' settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from everyday commuting to more spirited driving situations.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic §teering system also has been improved wîth a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and available three- or four-season tires provide great looks wîth fun-to-drive performance and handling.
SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class stopping power and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors wîth four-piston Brembo calipers painted in silver finish. Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of new underbody belly pan wîth integrated brake ducting.
The standard Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
Aggressive and functional exterior wîth available Black Chrome Package
An exclusive new front fascia has a modern, yet timeless appearance that is carried through wîth the all-new grille and new Chrysler wing badge. The black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip are part of the available Black Chrome Package.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is one-half inch lower when compared to the base car and features new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in matching body color for the 'planted' look of a true sports sedan. (concept carz)
The rear includes a unique lower fascia wîth chrome accent bar, new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 decklid badge wîth new black accent. Rounding out the Black Chrome Package are the black chrome accent spear and exclusive black chrome wheels.
Race inspired and functional interior
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|Engine : 6.4 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 465 hp
Torque: 465 ft-lbs
The all-new interior environment combines world-class luxury accommodations wîth performance-oriented technology and appointments.
An all-new leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive §teering wheel features a unique rim section wîth a flattened bottom surface showing the SRT logo. Standard paddle shift controls flank both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the §teering wheel.
For the high-performance look, real carbon fiber interior trim pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel and new racing style brake and gas pedal pads are standard.
The new full-color graphic EVIC wîth exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, 60-0 braking distance, along wîth lateral and longitudinal g-forces within the touchscreen display.
The new instrument panel's 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the §egmènt's largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to include §teering angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along wîth engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.
An available Premium Leather Interior Package offers Poltrona Frau 'Foligno' leather wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels. Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.
The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active head rests wîth the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.
Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.Safety and security
The all-new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic stability control (ESC) wîth §egmènt-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.
Chrysler brand's signature SafetyTec Group is available on the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and packages many first-time-available features including adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams wîth automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) wîth adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) wîth Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors wîth supplemental turn signals and approach lamp.
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.Connectivity and Infotainment
New for 2012 is the available SRT performance sound system from Harman Kardon®. Producing the ultimate in sound quality, the 900-watt, 19-speaker system includes:
• Seven 3.5-inch Únity coaxial mid-range speakers wîth seven integrated tweeters located in the instrument panel, rear doors and rear deck
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
• One 10-inch subwoofer in the rear deck
• 12-channel, high-speed amplifier
The state-of-the-art Úconnect® Touch 8.4N system provides all of the next-generation mobile infotainment and multimedia items to keep passengers connected between any destinations. With the §egmènt's largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inches), the easy-to-use system delivers world-class functionality wîth an intuitive user interface that was benchmarked against the best E-§egmènt sedans from Europe, Asia and North America.
Segment-exclusive Garmin® navigation on the premium Úconnect Touch 8.4N model provides easy-to-use maps, lane guidance and more than 6 million points of interest. SIRIÚS Travel Link on the premium Úconnect Touch 8.4N provides real-time weather, fuel prices, sports scores and movie theater information to make any trip more efficient and fun. SIRIÚS Traffic provides real-time traffic reports where available.
Úconnect Voice Command, Úconnect Touch, §teering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver.
• All-new Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Models Expand the Chrysler 300 Letter Series Heritage wîth More Personality and Style
• All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S series brings a youthful and aggressive appearance wîth athletic style and sophistication
• Chrysler brand redefines mobile audio experience wîth the world's first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology on all-new 300S models, creating the high-definition sound experience the way the artist intended you to hear it
• With premium materials and world-class refinement, the all-new 300C Executive Series is the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
• Two all-new models bring uniquely distinct personalities to the Chrysler flagship sedan's 2012 model lineup
• Available in Chrysler showrooms in third quarter 2011
With its dramatic styling and world-class power, the Chrysler 300 has appealed to people of all lifestyles since 2005. Now, wîth unique luxury and style appointments, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Series models broaden the appeal of the Chrysler brand's flagship sedan wîth even more style in two uniquely appointed directions, while delivering world-class refinement, materials and grand-touring performance.
All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S Series
Adding an avant-garde appearance to the letter-series flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models take the American brand in a new direction wîth world-class ride and handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features.
'No chrome . . . no wood . . . matte carbon fiber finishes . . . unique black or Radar Red leather . . . our biggest wheels, and world's first integration of Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology – the best standard audio system period. This is the new Chrysler 300S and it has an attitude that comes through loud and clear,' said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. 'For the Chrysler brand, it's not just about design, it's about substance. And wîth the Chrysler team working wîth Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for months, I know the new 300S wîth its mapped sound waves, designed algorithms and unique Beats Audio components are a direct result from our model collaboration – a partnership between an OEM and the music – that makes the 300S perform wîth the power to play music as the artist intended it to be heard.'
With larger 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels wîth black painted pockets, wider all-season performance tires, touring-tuned (performance-tuned wîth HEMI® V-8 engine) second-generation E-§egmènt chassis architecture wîth 25 percent quicker §teering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel than the entry-level 300 model, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models are engineered for driving enjoyment.
Hinting that this Chrysler sedan was born wîth attitude and street-cred – unique body-color fascia accents and mirrors, and black-accented headlamp bezels wîth matching sculpted horizontal grille blades in black chrome replace bright chrome to give the 2012 Chrysler 300S a low-key street presence.
The interior of Chrysler 300S models exude an athletic-luxury theme wîth 12-way power driver and passenger front seats wîth large-bolstered and heated monotone cloth sport seats surrounded by an interior environment in black or Radar Red. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, §teering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing the enthusiast-designed interior are matte carbon hydrographic finished accents, replacing traditional burl wood.
State-of-the-art Úconnect® Touch 8.4 provides 2012 Chrysler 300S passengers wîth the §egmènt's largest touchscreen display (8.4-inch) and next-generation mobile infotainment, connectivity and multimedia features.
Úconnect Touch also controls the 522-watt 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, creating the high-definition sound Beats Audio founders Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, require in their professional recording studios.
Behind the world's first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology, the 2012 Chrysler 300S features a high-performance 10-speaker Beats Audio system. Delivering the mid- to high-range needed for studio-quality sound are three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors. Two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers provide bass, while two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio.
Maximizing how music genres from hip hop to Motown should sound and feel, an 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer wîth sealed enclosure delivers tight, powerful, punchy bass.
Chrysler 300S V-6
The 2012 Chrysler 300S V-6 model features the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar engine delivering 292 best-in-class six-cylinder horsepower through an all-new §egmènt-exclusive ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) For even more spirited driving wîth performance feel, the driver can utilize all-new §teering-wheel mounted magnesium paddle shifters to manually select the desired gear.
When equipped wîth the optional Luxury Group, the Chrysler 300S V-6 includes premium Nappa leather sport seating in black or exclusive Radar Red, memory module that stores position of the driver seat, exterior mirror, §teering wheel, pedal and radio for two drivers, heated rear seats, heated and leather-wrapped §teering wheel, power tilt and telescoping §teering column, power-adjustable pedals, power sunshade, vehicle security alarm, driver's side auto-dimming mirrors and auto-tilt in Reverse, heated/cooled cup holders, trunk mat, satin chrome lower door sills wîth 'Chrysler' logo, and LED illuminated front-footwells and front and rear map pockets.
Chrysler 300S V-8
• Packed wîth a 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine including innovative Fuel Saver Technology, a five-speed automatic transmission wîth paddle shifters and Auto Stick, performance-tuned suspension and larger performance disc brakes, the 2012 Chrysler 300S V-8 delivers world-class power and refinement wîth enthusiast-tuned handling.
• In addition to the features included on the Chrysler 300S V-6 wîth Luxury Group, the eight-cylinder 300S model adds 160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Smartbeam headlamps, ParkView® rear back-up camera, and HomeLink universal transceiver.
Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 AWD models
• Providing additional all-season confidence, the Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 all-wheel-drive (AWD) models utilize 19-inch polished-face aluminum wheels wîth black painted pockets, P235/55R19 all-season performance tires and the most advanced AWD system in its class.
For inclement weather driving conditions and exceptional road manners, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300S AWD models feature a §egmènt-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system. This exclusive AWD system also is designed to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent over competitive full-time all AWD systems. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. The Chrysler flagship sedan's innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive (RWD) and AWD wîth no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding performance and handling inherent in RWD vehicles.
The 2012 Chrysler 300S letter-series models arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the fall of 2011.
All-new 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series
Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler flagship sedan ever, the all-new Chrysler 300C Executive Series combines ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars – wîth world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features and the legendary 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine wîth Fuel Saver Technology.
'For us, it's not only about making the all-new Chrysler 300C great for a §egmènt, it's about tailoring it for an individual . . . the businessman . . . the outperformer . . . the trendsetter,' added Francois. 'The 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series makes a statement wîth all of its appointments and contrasts. With hand-sanded real wood accents, hand-stitched Italian leather dash, two-tone ultra-soft Nappa leather seats, uniquely polished 20-inch wheels and state-of-the-art Úconnect Touch – our flagship provides passengers wîth the sense of pure old-school craftsmanship combined wîth innovative technology.'
Exclusive features found on the Chrysler 300C Executive Series interior include either Mochachino or Black Poltrona Frau 'Foligno' leather-wrapped instrument panel, cluster brow, center console side panels and upper front- and rear-door panels. Premium Nappa leather covers the door armrest, bolster and center console armrest. Two-tone Mochachino or Black seats are wrapped exclusively in supple Nappa leather and include 12-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats (including four-way power lumbar) wîth two-mode ventilation and two-mode heated seats for both front and rear passengers. Specially selected Natural Pore Mocha or Pore Gray real wood trim is finished in a low-gloss to enhance the beauty of the wood.
On the exterior, the Chrysler luxury flagship replaces chromed fascia, mirror and door handle accents wîth a unique platinum chrome finish for an even more upscale look. Topping off the unique exterior is a platinum-chrome finished grille surround wîth platinum-chrome sculpted grille blades for a truly distinctive appearance (late availability).
Premium interior amenities within the Chrysler 300C Executive Series model include the state-of-the-art Úconnect Touch 8.4N wîth Garmin® navigation, SIRIÚS Traffic and SIRIÚS Travel Link, 160-mph LED-illuminated instrument cluster wîth driver-selectable color EVIC, heated and leather-wrapped §teering wheel, power tilt and telescoping §teering column wîth memory, power-adjustable pedals wîth memory, power backlight sunshade, premium 18-ounce berber floor mats wîth nubuck trim, satin chrome lower door sills wîth 'Chrysler' logo, dual heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lit foot well lighting, LED illuminated interior door handles and front and rear map pockets, premium carpeted trunk mat, HomeLink universal transceiver and power-folding chromed exterior mirrors wîth memory, auto-dimming and auto-tilt in Reverse.
Available in rear-wheel drive or wîth the §egmènt's most advance AWD system, the 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series models arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the fall of 2011.