Chrysler 300C (2005–2010)
- October 2005: Chrysler 300C launched in the UK
- August 2006
- January 2008: Exterior refreshed for 2008
Chrysler 300C launched in the UK
Three launch engines.
300C 3.0 CRD V6 (2,987cc) V6 diesel : 160kW (218bhp) at 3,800rpm; 510Nm (376 lb ft) torque at 1,600 – 2,800 rpm. 0-60 7.3 seconds; top speed 143mph; 34.9mpg combined; CO2 215g/km. EU4.
300C 3.5i V6 (3,498cc) V6 petrol : 183kW (249bhp) at 6,400rpm; 339Nm (250 lb ft) torque at 3,800 rpm. 0-60 8.9 seconds; top speed 136mph; 25.7mpg combined; CO2 262g/km. EU4.
300C 5.7 V8 Hemi (5,684cc) V6 petrol: 254kW (340bhp) at 5,000rpm; 525Nm (387 lb ft) torque at 4,000 rpm. 0-60 6.2 seconds; top speed 155mph; 23.3mpg combined; CO2 287g/km.
Dimensions: 4,999mm long by 1,881mm wide by 1,581mm high.
Prices in the UK started at £25,750 (OTR) for 3.0-litre V6 CRD diesel or 3.5-litre V6 and £32,995 (OTR) for the 5.7-litre V-8 HEMI. All very well equipped with leather, CD, dual zone climate control, cruise, even tyre pressure monitoring system. Huge 225/60 R18 tyres give plenty of cushion effect.
Hemi and 3.5 V6 in UK from November 2005. 3.0-litre V-6 CRD in the UK from January 2006.
Chrisyler 300Cs have W220 S-Class front suspension and W212 E-Class rear suspension, but a different floorpan from either Mercedes.
SRT-8 performance version with 425bhp 6.1-litre V8 arrived in August 2006. 420lb ft torque. 0-60mph in 5 seconds. Top speed 168mph. Brembo brake callipers. Price with RHD £39,040. Excellent, fully-sorted handling, nice grippy front end, good braking and effective 'slapshift' auto gearchange, plus a fantastic engine note.
Exterior refreshed for 2008
Changes to the rear fascia and rear light clusters. The rear saloon boot lid was also new and incorporates an integrated spoiler and high-mounted stop light. Interior enhanced with new instrument panel and centre console design, highlighted with satin silver bezels. Soft touch surfaces on arm rests and door panels add to the comfortable interior while the new dark interior colour adds to the sophisticated feel. A new ignition key with one-touch start-up, a fully adjustable steering wheel as well as LED lighting in the front cup holders and front and rear door pockets all provide additional driver convenience. Seat-mounted airbags added to the front and side-curtain airbags to the rear for increased driver and passenger safety.
MyGIG infotainment system was a new option that offers owners integrated onboard systems of MP3 player compatibility, touch screen controlled navigation system featuring clear graphical maps as well as the ability to store up to approximately 1600 songs on an integrated 20GB hard drive. UConnect Hands-free Communication System uses Bluetooth technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication.
300C SRT-Design model included all of these refinements and adds all the visual enhancements that made the high-performance SRT-8 such a crowd pleaser. The SRT-Design was available as a saloon or a Touring and featured the economical 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. SRT-Design features include SRT 20-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch spats as well as a chrome mesh grille. Inside, the SRT-Design gets MyGIG satellite navigation as standard as well as an SRT-8 steering wheel, SRT-8 leather sports seats and carbon fibre interior details.
Standard features on the Chrysler 300C included Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and an all-speed Traction Control System, front and rear side-curtain airbags, xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and a rear park assist system. A leather interior, air-conditioning and heated driver and front passenger seats also come as standard on all vehicles in the range.
The 2008 300C Saloon came with a choice of two petrol engines in the UK: a 3.0-litre V-6 engine that produces 215 bhp at 3800 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. of torque from just 1600 rpm, and a mighty 6.1-litre V8 Hemi SRT-8 petrol engine that produces 425 bhp at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb.-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Also, the Mercedes sourced 3.0V6 diesel, 2,987cc: 160kW (218bhp) at 3,800rpm; 510Nm (376 lb ft) torque at 1,600 – 2,800 rpm. The 2008 300C Touring offered the 3.0-litre V-6 engine.
These right-hand drive models will be priced (on-the-road) as follows:
3.0 V6 CRD auto Saloon £27,495
3.0 V6 CRD auto Touring £28,495
3.0 V6 CRD SRT-Design auto Saloon £32,495
3.0 V6 CRD SRT-Design auto Touring £33,245
6.1 V8 Hemi SRT-8 Petrol auto saloon £40,995