Having just returned from the USA it’s like we’re still there – just on the correct (or left hand as we know it) side of the road this time.  The 300C is a vehicle familiar to EFTM and it’s a beast.  Still turning heads despite being familiar on Australian roads.

Chrysler 300C Luxury

Chrysler 300C Luxury

Make: Chrysler

Model: 300c

Variant: Luxury

Engine / Transmission: 3.6L V6 24V VVT petrol engine / 8-Speed automatic transmission

Vital Stats: Torque: 340Nm @ 4,650rpm / Power 210 kW @ 6,350 rpm

Fuel Economy: 9.7/l / 100km

MRRP Price:  $43,000 (Sale Drive-Away Price / Only for a limited time)

Standard Features:

  • 20-inch polished aluminium wheels
  • Automatic headlamps (ON/OFF)
  • Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with auto-levelling
  • SmartBeam™ auto-dipping, high beam headlamp control system
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors with memory, heated, auto-dimming functions and side indicator
  • Rain-sensing automatic wiper system
  • Dual rear exhaust
  • Lighting – Illuminated entry system; activated by remote keyless entry system
  • Automatic Dual-Zone Temperature Control
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise control
  • Three 12-volt power outlets located in the front cubby bin, centre console, and rear of centre console
  • Black Trim – Nappa perforated luxury leather seating surfaces
  • Memory for driver’s seat, exterior mirrors, steering column and radio for two drivers
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 8-way power driver and front-passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar adjust
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench with armrest
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Shift Knob – Leather-wrapped
  • Steering Column – Power tilt/telescoping
  • Steering Wheel – Leather-wrapped with audio, trip computer, EVIC, voice recognition and cruise controls
  • Windows – Power with driver’s and front-passenger one-touch auto-up/down
  • Cup Holders – Front heated and cooled

Safety highlights:

  • Reactive Head Restraints(1)
  • Air Bags – Advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger(2)
  • Supplemental front seat thorax side air bags(2)
  • Air Bags – Supplemental side-curtain for front and rear outboard occupants(2)
  • Driver knee air bag(2)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)(3) – Includes brake assist, rain brake support, ready alert braking and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • All-speed Traction Control (ASTC)
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)(5)
  • Forward Collision Warning System (FCW)(6)
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System and Rear Cross-Path Detection System(7)
  • Parksense® – Front and rear park assistance system(4) with sensors and audio-visual indicators
  • Parkview® Reversing Camera(4)
  • Keyless Enter’N Go
  • Premium Security Alarm

Wow Factor: Bold Styling at first glance, and overall comfort once you step inside

Most Impressive: Ride is smooth, a real bang for your buck offering if you want a full-sized sedan and something a little different

Not so impressive: The gear shifter is almost ridiculous, why they had to make complex one of the most standard features in a car I will never know.