Chrysler has added quite a bit of content to the 2011 300, but customers may be surprised that the thoroughly revised full-size sedan isn’t any more expensive than the outgoing 2010 model. In fact, at $27,995, the base 2011 300 is $15 less expensive than the previous car.
That price, which includes $825 in destination fees, brings home a base 300 sedan. Despite being the lowest rung on a four-tier trim level system, the 2011 300 includes several standard features that may impress the buying public. Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is standard equipment, as is a five-speed automatic transmission. A new 8.4-inch infotainment screen is thrown in, as are USB and iPod ports, along with an SD card slot. Dual-zone climate control is also standard, as is a power trunk lid and 17-inch aluminum wheels
Stepping up to the 300 Limited, which starts at $31,995, adds leather-trimmed seating surfaces and heated front seats, along with a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker Alpine audio system. Outside, chrome is liberally applied to the mirror skins, door handles, and 18-inch aluminum wheels, while fog lamps are installed in the front fascia.
Customers seeking additional amentieis but wish to retain V-6 power may spring for the optional Luxury Group package, which raises the 300 Limited’s base price by $4000. Ticking the box for this package throws in burl wood trim, Nappa leather seating surfaces, power-adjustable steering column and pedals, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade.
Those same features are found in the top-of-the-line 300C, which offers eight-cylinder power. Motive force continues to be supplied by Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. 300Cs, which start at $38,995, also receive unique suspension tuning, larger brakes, along with standard navigation and Sirius Travel Link services. All-wheel-drive, previously available on both V-6 and V-8 cars, is now only available on the 300C, and adds an extra $2150 to the window sticker.
Both versions of the 300C, along with the 300 Limited, are also offered with Chrysler’s Safetytec group. For an extra $2795, the package throws in adaptive HID headlamps, adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear park assist, and fog taillights.
Although the 300 will make its official debut next week at the 2011 Detroit auto show, early production examples are expected to arrive at dealers within the first quarter of 2011.