Exciting performance. Alluring design. A quiet, comfortable ride. Reliability. Innovative engineering. Affordability. These are the elements of a quality vehicle, and they are exemplified in the new Chrysler 300 sedan.
The full range of design and engineering capabilities of DaimlerChrysler were applied to the development of the new rear-wheel-drive sedan with the eye-catching, elegant design. The result is in a vehicle that continues the dramatic improvements in quality produced by the Chrysler Group over the past decade.
The Chrysler 300 is the first large volume vehicle completely designed and engineered under the Chrysler Development System (CDS), the comprehensive, coordinated product creation process that improves quality and speed to market while reducing costs and encouraging innovation in new products. CDS emphasizes systems engineering and up-front planning and design to avoid time-consuming and costly changes during the later phases of the product development cycle. With CDS, all product and process planning is completed and fully integrated before production tooling is begun.
"Our quality efforts begin with CDS. That is where we build quality in to each new product that we bring to market,“ said Stephen Walukas, Vice President Corporate Quality, DaimlerChrysler.
Implementation of the CDS process has contributed to steady improvement in quality in Chrysler Group products over the past decade. Warranty costs have dropped 50 percent since 1996, including a 30 percent decline in costs in just the past three years.
Continuous improvements in quality have also been reflected in independent assessments: Chrysler Group has posted 13 consecutive years of continuous improvement in the J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Survey of new car customers.
"Our goal is to bring our quality to the level of the best in class manufacturers by 2007,“ said Walukas.
These improvements in quality are demonstrated in the 7-Year/70,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty on the Chrysler 300 and other Chrysler Group products.
Development of the Chrysler 300 involved the work of 700 engineers and the world-class testing facilities at the Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Engineers logged nearly 6 million miles of customer equivalent driving and experience on the vehicle, including trailer-towing tests in the Rocky Mountains, air conditioning validation in the summer heat of the Florida Keys, punishing drives through Death Valley at more than 120 degrees F. and a -43 degrees F. stint in Manitoba, Canada.
"We logged miles through every extreme condition on the globe to make sure we could deliver on our promise of the highest quality," said Burke Brown, Chief Engineer for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum.
The Chrysler 300 was one of the first vehicles to benefit from the new $36 million Aero-Acoustic Wind Tunnel at CTC, completed in summer 2002. With this latest addition to the world-class scientific and testing laboratories at CTC, engineers could test full-size clay models in half a day, enabling them to analyze many different designs.
The wind tunnel enables engineers to test not only the aerodynamics of the vehicle design, but also the internal and external wind noise. As a result of testing, several design and engineering changes were implemented to reduce wind noise, vehicle noise, vibration and harshness and improve weather protection.
The result is luxury performance at an affordable price.
2007 Chrysler 300: Elegance and Performance at an Affordable Price
Epitomizing Chrysler brand’s tradition of innovative design, the modern elegance of the Chrysler 300 continues to make everything else on the road seem ordinary. The dramatic exterior design of the Chrysler 300, along with sophisticated interior amenities and command-of-the-road technologies, helped establish a new large-car formula that includes style and performance not easily copied.
Also available on the 2007 Chrysler 300 are new features that include Adaptive Cruise Control, SmartBeam Headlamps, heated rear seats, auto-dimming passenger-side exterior mirror and supplemental turn signal mirrors with courtesy puddle lamps. These technologies and refinements continue to offer customers an elegant, confidence-inspiring vehicle at an exceptional value.
Equipped with integrated safety and security features, all 2007 Chrysler 300 rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive models provide excellent occupant protection on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Chrysler 300 five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating in the U.S. government’s safety
The 2007 Chrysler 300 Combines Noble Proportions with Elegant Interior Appointments. Simply stated, the Chrysler 300 signals a dramatic new design direction that will make everything else on the road seem ordinary.
“We wanted to return to the proud, powerful lines that once made American automobiles the envy of the entire industry, but do so in a thoroughly modern way,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, DaimlerChrysler. “At the same time, we identified a dramatic new design direction that continues the Chrysler brand’s long-standing tradition of innovative design.”
The striking new proportions of the 300 were made possible by the decision to move the next generation of Chrysler sedans to rear-drive, after more than 10 years of award-winning "cab forward" front-drive designs. Used widely among premium and luxury brands, the rear-drive configuration gave company designers the freedom to sculpt a longer hood and noble proportions, while maintaining a spacious interior package.
“Modern elegance and innovation have always been hallmarks of the Chrysler brand, and the 300 illustrates those values in a very strong and proud way, just as the first ‘letter series’ C-300 did nearly 50 years ago,” noted Creed.
A NOBLE PRESENCE
From the front, the Chrysler 300 will not be mistaken for any other automobile on the road. The 300 wears the most elegant execution of the Chrysler "face" yet—the grille is tall and bold, inspired by the memorable V-10 powered Chronos concept car that made its debut in 1998. The newly rendered Chrysler wings flow seamlessly into the grille header and contain the gold seal of the brand, providing a proud and instantly recognizable design cue.
The headlamp shape supports the new face of Chrysler. Interior components of headlamps and tail lamps have been given the attention of fine jewelry. The headlamp on the Chrysler 300C model employs a projector low beam lamp for world-class lighting performance contained in a unique circular lamp bezel which calls attention to itself because of its design and precise execution. The inboard circular shape in the bezel is smaller in size and contains a conventional high beam packaged under a park and turn lamp. The circular theme is carried into the tail lamp as well with a prominent circular shape containing the stop function at the top of the lamp. This lamp also has a unique horizontal stripe graphic delineating turn and back-up functions and pays homage to the Chrysler 300 from the late Fifties.
Special attention was given to the design of the exterior mirrors and door handles. The mirrors were shaped in the wind tunnel to maximize aerodynamic efficiencies and minimize the mass of the structural components to achieve a light and unobtrusive appearance. The chrome or body color mirror head supports the upscale appearance objective. The door handles as well are a new “pull style” design which look substantial, feel good in the hand, and add to the overall upscale appearance of the car.
The body is finished off by a handsome body color and bright molding that carries on to the front fender. On the Chrysler 300C this molding is integrated into a badge that carries the name 300 with the word “HEMI” underneath it, letting everyone know that there is something special under the hood.
Large tires on available 18-inch wheels suggest ample reserves of power. The large 10-spoke rims leave plenty of room for serious brake hardware. Chromed dual exhaust pipes on the 300C model announce the long-awaited return to HEMI V-8 power and performance after nearly 50 years for a Chrysler car.
“The new Chrysler 300 embodies what we call a holistic approach to design,” said Creed. “Every line, every angle and every proportion must not only work together inside and out, but provide a visual promise for the rest of the automobile, including the driving experience."
In keeping with this holistic approach, Chrysler 300’s interior continues the noble, proud themes of the exterior, with a more upright windshield and seating position which offers a spacious feel. The seating position itself has been raised two-and-a-half inches higher than the Chrysler 300M to enhance the command-of-the-road feel and aid in easy ingress and egress. Distinctive materials and textures provide a handcrafted feel and provide an upscale feeling to the interior.
“Chrysler 300’s beauty is more than skin deep,” said Creed. “We paid a lot of attention to the small details, individual appointments and fits, which together convey a feeling of richness to both the driver and passengers.”
Tortoise shell, on the Chrysler 300C model for example, is used on the steering wheel rim, shifter knob and inside door pulls, complemented by chrome door handles and other accents inspired by the 1998 Chrysler Chronos show car.
Evolving the design seen on the current award-winning Chrysler 300M, a four-gauge instrument cluster with light silver faces and chrome trim rings convey a precision appearance setting the new standard for all Chrysler cars. The center stack of the instrument panel contains an analog clock and highlights the new HVAC controls and radios which were designed with minimal gaps and efforts to achieve a precise feel and world class appearance objectives. A new premium radio with an integrated navigation system is also available. The center stack area is available in a variety of finishes depending on the model, and includes satin silver on the Chrysler 300C. The centerpiece of the center console is the shift knob finished in available premium leather and tortoise shell which highlights the new gated shifter and five speed automatic transmission for greater driving enjoyment.
A two-tone color treatment on the interior featuring light colored lower surfaces conveys spaciousness and gives the Chrysler 300 a sporty, yet opulent feel inside. The rear seats have a center folding armrest with integral cup holder, and are configured with a 60/40 split for added versatility.
DVD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
An optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system conveniently integrated into the center console is available on the 2007 Chrysler 300 Touring, Chrysler 300 with the Limited package and 300C. The Video Entertainment System (VES) consists of a center console cover-mounted DVD player and 7-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen, a remote control and two wireless headsets. The hinged LCD screen can be fully stored into the armrest or flipped up for viewing. This location provides rear seat passengers with easy access to the unit.
In addition to video DVDs, the system can play audio DVDs, Windows Media Audio (WMA), audio CDs, MP3 audio discs and video CDs. Auxiliary plug-in jacks are included on the faceplate so that rear-seat passengers can view video directly from a video camera, play games from a video game console or play music directly from a portable MP3 player.
Another unique feature of the entertainment system is that the vehicle speakers can play audio from a disc in the DVD player while rear-seat passengers can listen to audio from the SIRIUS Satellite Radio, AM or FM radio, or a disc in the radio CD player on the headphones.
New interior color combination of Khaki/Light Graystone replaces Deep Jade/Light Graystone
Innovative Technologies Available on the 2005 Chrysler 300
UConnect hands-free communication provides customers with freedom and flexibility
SIRIUS Satellite Radio delivers continuous entertainment
If you desire instant communication at the touch of a button or a never-ending selection of music for your road trip, the new 2005 Chrysler 300 has contemporary features to meet your needs. Both UConnect and SIRIUS Satellite Radio satisfy the busy demands of an individual on the go or the fast-paced life of a family.
UConnect Hands-free Communication
Utilizing Bluetooth technology, UConnect enables customers to receive and place cellular calls virtually hands-free. UConnect is driven through a user’s personal mobile phone, and works inside and outside of the vehicle. This promotes a flexible, "take-it-anywhere" sense of freedom, so customers are not tied to their vehicles.
The UConnect system is integrated into the vehicle’s electrical architecture, which allows the audio to be heard through the radio speakers. A microphone housed in the Chrysler 300’s rear view mirror serves as the driver interface. The user’s mobile phone may then be placed where the driver chooses inside the vehicle. As a result, conversations may be continued upon entering or exiting the vehicle, without interruption. Calls may be linked to UConnect within 30 feet of the vehicle.
"UConnect is about safety, freedom, flexibility and affordability," said Jack Withrow, Director – Vehicle Entertainment and Communications, Chrysler Group. "It’s technology that is in touch with today’s busy lifestyles and demands."
The factory-installed option on all 2005 Chrysler 300 features:
* Voice dialing: Voice commands may be used to dial the phone
* Audio address book: Enables customers to store 32 names with up to four phone numbers each
* Audio system mute: Mutes the microphone for privacy
* Caller ID: The phone number of the caller appears on the radio display
* Call transfer: Allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone or from the mobile phone to the vehicle system
* Communicates in three languages: English, French, and Spanish
* Multi-phone recognition: Up to seven phones can be used within the vehicle’s system
UConnect adapts to the users’ specific needs and lifestyles. Consumers are able to sign up for wireless and enhanced services with DaimlerChrysler’s preferred carrier, AT&T Wireless, or keep their current wireless carrier and telephone number. It’s hassle free, using one phone and one phone number. UConnect allows up to seven multiple phones to be used within the vehicle’s system, adapting to an individual or a family.
UConnect is the first generation in a family of hands-free, voice-activated, Bluetooth-powered offerings. UConnect is available as a factory and dealer-installed option . Factory-installation is $275. The cost for the dealer-installed version of UConnect is $299 (suggested retail price) plus labor.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
The Chrysler 300 features SIRIUS Satellite Radio. SIRIUS provides coast-to-coast coverage in the United States with 60 streams of commercial-free music and 40 streams of news, talk, sports, and entertainment.
Organized into 13 categories of music, sports, news and entertainment channels, SIRIUS employs S>PLEX technology (statistical multiplexing), which optimizes the fidelity on each channel for superior sound resolution.
"Similar to what cable did for television programming, satellite radio does for car audio. Satellite radio will be the next ’must-have technology’ because it substantially expands the range of entertainment choices for consumers," said Withrow. "SIRIUS Satellite Radio makes driving the new, 2005 Chrysler 300 an experience that’s multi-generational, multi-cultural, educational and entertaining."
Consumers selecting the SIRIUS Satellite Radio option in their Chrysler 300 will receive a small, mouse-shaped antenna mounted to the roof of the vehicle. Station selection with the radio is easy, using the same familiar method as selecting an AM or FM station. Consumers will be able to scan channels or select pre-set buttons for their favorite channels. Consumers will also be able to search both by music category and channel, which will be displayed on the radio screen.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio will be offered as a factory-installed option on the new 2005 Chrysler 300 vehicles. Factory installation is $195 and includes a one-year subscription.
Proving once again that more is better, new for 2007 is the Chrysler 300 W. P. Chrysler Executive Series. This rear-wheel-drive long wheelbase package is available with two engine options; the Chrysler 300 Touring model, equipped with the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine, and the Chrysler 300C model featuring the modern 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. The Executive Series package adds 6 inches to the standard wheelbase and provides more than 46 inches of rear legroom – more than the long-wheelbase Audi A8L, BMW 750Li and Jaguar XJ8L.
Three engines and two transmissions were developed to provide the optimum powertrain choice for Chrysler 300. The 2.7-liter DOHC V-6 provides the 300 with an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy, quietness and durability. The 300 Touring and 300 Limited models utilize the 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 engine with high-output performance, fitting of a touring car. For the ultimate in performance, the Chrysler 300C comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.
Transmissions were matched to the engines to provide the best combination of performance, smoothness and fuel economy. Two transmissions will be available in the Chrysler 300. A proven DaimlerChrysler five-speed automatic will be offered for the first time ever in a Chrysler Group passenger car, standard on Chrysler 300 vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive or a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The five-speed automatic transmissions will be controlled by Chrysler Group’s AutoStick® driver-selectable range control. This shifter accommodates fully-automatic shifting, or the driver can manually select a gear range. Rear-wheel drive 3.5-liter and 2.7-liter vehicles will be equipped with a revised version of a proven Chrysler Group four-speed automatic transmission.
5.7-liter HEMI V-8 The introduction of the modern HEMI in Chrysler passenger cars marks several milestones. This engine offers more power and torque than any Chrysler passenger car engine since the legendary 426 HEMI of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Today’s new engine produces 340 hp @ 5000 rpm and 390 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.
The new HEMI has been engineered to deliver outstanding performance, while providing minimal noise, vibration, and harshness qualities, smoothness and low emissions. Fuel economy has also been improved, but not at the expense of performance. Chrysler Group has developed, and will be the first to offer, Multi-Displacement System (MDS) on a modern, large volume vehicle in North America.
"The Chrysler Group MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand," said Eric Ridenour, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler Group. "This optimizes fuel economy when V-8 power is not needed, without sacrificing vehicle performance – 2007 Chrysler 300C and Dodge Magnum RT owners will get the maximum benefit without any compromises."
Owners of the Chrysler 300C will receive the powerful benefit of the HEMI engine with the fuel economy that they would only expect from a smaller, less powerful engine.
"The MDS was part of the engine’s original design," said Bob Lee, Vice President – Powertrain Product Team. "This resulted in a cylinder-deactivation system that is elegantly simple and completely integrated into the engine design. The benefits are fewer parts, maximum reliability and lower cost."
Some of the significant technologies enabling the Chrysler Group MDS are the speed of electronic controls, the sophistication of the algorithms controlling the systems and the use of Electronic Throttle Control (ETC). The HEMI will be able to transition from eight cylinders to four in 40 milliseconds (0.040 seconds).
The HEMI engine with MDS has completed more than 6.5 million customer-equivalent miles through Chrysler Group’s development and durability testing. It is covered by the 7-Year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
The HEMI engine that powers the Chrysler 300C uses aluminum cylinder heads with hemispherical combustion chambers for outstanding airflow leading to high power and torque. Dual ignition (two spark plugs per cylinder) increases peak power and torque, reduces exhaust emissions, increases fuel economy and provides a smooth idle. The combustion system has been refined and the engine uses direct-mount accessories for quiet operation.
ETC enables several of the technologies used to maximize vehicle smoothness, performance, safety and fuel economy.
3.5-liter SOHC V-6 Engine The 3.5-liter V-6 engine used to power the Chrysler 300 Touring and 300 Limited is derived from versions of this engine used in prior Chrysler Group vehicles. An all-new active three-plenum intake manifold provides high power and torque over the entire operating band, with 250 hp at 6400 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. This engine provides the perfect blend of performance and economy.
A new active three-plenum intake manifold with electronically controlled manifold tuning valve and short-runner valves provides more power to the 3.5-liter. Additionally, ETC is used on this engine in the Chrysler 300 Touring and 300 Limited.
2.7-liter DOHC V-6 Engine The 2.7-liter V-6 has proven durable in a variety of Chrysler Group applications, and has been revised to power the Chrysler 300. The engine has been improved to produce more low-speed torque at launch and during mid-range operation for strong performance in everyday driving. The engine produces 190 hp at 6400 rpm, and 190 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm, and it offers good fuel economy for a vehicle of its size.
Revisions on the 2.7-liter V-6 include an all-new active dual-plenum intake manifold that is tuned for improved low-speed torque. In addition, the manifold includes a manifold tuning valve that further adds to low-speed torque during both part-throttle and wide-open throttle operation. This valve increases part-throttle torque by eight-10 percent in the primary driving range of 2100 to 3400 rpm, giving better performance in normal driving.
Another addition to the 2.7-liter for 2007 is the use of ETC. This maintains more consistent vehicle speed on rolling grades when cruise control is active, and interacts with the transmission control system to further minimize gear hunting under these conditions. It also tailors throttle response to pedal movement based on operating conditions. For example, a large pedal motion at a standing start may open the throttle less than the same pedal movement at highway speeds.
Five-speed Automatic Transmission The Chrysler Group’s first five-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars provides a full range of transmission performance to match a great variety of driving styles, situations and road conditions.
“This transmission offers Chrysler Group customers many benefits. The five-speed gear range provides a better balance of performance and fuel economy than a four-speed automatic transmission,” said Ridenour. “Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain feel responsive without harshness.”
The transmission’s physical attributes include compact size, robust design for high-torque rating and multiple features providing high efficiency. It also utilizes highly advanced electronic controls such as fully adaptive electronic control and an Electronically Modulated Converter Clutch (EMCC).
This five-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine on the 2007 Chrysler 300C and with all-wheel drive applications. It is a DaimlerChrysler transmission built at the Indiana Transmission Plant II in Kokomo, Ind.
The ratio spread from first to the fifth gear was selected to minimize fuel consumption and reduce powertrain noise during cruising. An aggressive first-gear ratio provides excellent launch performance, and evenly spaced gear ratios provide smooth acceleration through the gears.
World-class efficiency is achieved through physical and electronic means. This transmission uses bearings to reduce friction in many locations where other transmissions may utilize bushings.
The transmission also uses a unique scavenging system that removes oil, spun off from rotating parts by centrifugal force, through strategically placed slots in the outside of the case. This saves energy that would be consumed by internal parts rotating in oil. Also, lubricating holes in the clutches are positioned to promote quick passage of the transmission fluid through the discs, minimizing viscous losses due to trapped oil.
Fully adaptive electronic control makes shifts very smooth. The system monitors the transmission as shifts occur and adjusts hydraulic pressure as needed. In so doing, the controls make the powertrain feel responsive without harshness. Driver recognition software alters shift points based on accelerator pedal usage, brake usage and lateral acceleration. This feature allows both sporty and economical operation.
The torque management system uses engine-torque modeling to facilitate smooth transmission shifting. Because of ETC, torque management is more sophisticated and covers a broad torque range.
The shift schedule adapts to individual driving style, driving situation and road conditions. Shift points based on accelerator pedal usage, brake usage, lateral acceleration, altitude and load on the car as a result of grades. The electronically controlled engine torque management system provides quick wide-open-throttle up shifts and quick two-step (4-2 or 3-1) kick-down shifts that are smoother than would be otherwise possible without this feature.
Through the EMCC, torque converter clutch slippage is electronically modulated and provides for partial engagement in third, fourth or fifth gears. This results in improved shift feel, fuel economy, driveability and cooling. It can be used at lower speeds to provide benefits over a broad speed range. The system disengages as required to provide optimal performance.
Four-speed Automatic Transmission
The 42RLE four-speed automatic transmission is a variant of the 42LE automatic transmission used on previous Chrysler Group vehicles. It was developed for the Chrysler 300 and is included with both V-6 engines on rear-wheel drive models.
This four-speed automatic features fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting for smooth operation. Similar to the five-speed, it uses the torque management system to smoothly execute quick wide-open-throttle up shifts and down shifts. It also uses an EMCC to electronically modulate torque converter lockup and provide for partial engagement in third or fourth gears. This results in improved shift feel, fuel economy, driveability and cooling.
Modern Architecture Creates a Driver´s Car in the All-New 2007 Chrysler 300
Chrysler 300 will be offered in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
Rear-wheel drive delivers vehicle balance and handling
Performance-car experience without any compromises in performance or luxury
Optional all-wheel drive offers owners four season traction
Rear-wheel drive is standard on all 2007 Chrysler 300 cars. Using rear-wheel drive architecture for the vehicle gives the Chrysler 300 several advantages in the large-car market.
"Rear-wheel drive offers the best vehicle balance and handling, and a performance-car experience without any compromises in performance or luxury," said Eric Ridenour, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler Group. "It separates the steering and acceleration duties. This eliminates compromises and enables enhanced performance and handling."
Rear-wheel-drive architecture allowed the design studio significantly to alter the overall profile of the vehicle for luxury and performance proportions. Most notable are a longer hood and front fenders, short front overhang, and improved ride, handling and impressive stance that comes with the tires pushed to the corners.
Advancements in technology in the last five years enables a rear-wheel-drive large car to perform with all-season capability. Electronic Stability Program (ESP), All-Speed Traction Control, advanced anti-lock brake systems and tire technologies have reached new levels of performance.
The rear-wheel-drive system mounts the engine and transmission in a North/South configuration in the vehicle. It includes a two-piece driveshaft that incorporates a unique Chrysler Group collapsing feature to enhance passenger protection during frontal and offset frontal impacts. The remainder of the system consists of a cradle-mounted rear differential and two half shafts. The rear differential is double isolated and precision machining for significantly reduced noise, vibration and harshness.
All-wheel drive provides the solution to those who require the best in passenger-car four-season traction. It is available on Chrysler 300 Touring and 300 Limited with the 3.5-liter high-output engine, as well as the 5.7-liter HEMI powered Chrysler 300C.
The all-wheel-drive system adds a front differential and a transfer case compared to the rear-wheel drive configuration. The power is divided between the front and rear differentials and is transmitted to both axles at all times. The transfer case is a planetary center differential that delivers 62 percent of the engine torque to the rear axle and 38 percent to the front.
By driving continuously through all four wheels, the all-wheel-drive system provides excellent cornering balance under all driving conditions, and better traction in snow and wet-weather conditions. Combined with All-Speed Traction Control and ESP, performance and stability are outstanding under all traction conditions.
The 2007 Chrysler 300 Designed for World-Class Ride and Handling
All-new front and rear suspension
Short and long arm front independent suspension
Five-link independent rear suspension
Chrysler 300 is engineered to offer a smooth, luxurious ride while maintaining a feeling of control and confidence. Effort was also focused on minimizing noise, vibration and harshness, resulting in a driving experience that is smooth and quiet.
The HEMI-powered Chrysler 300C offers athletic and nimble suspension and steering characteristics, with the front and rear suspension tuned for greater handling performance. A well damped ride, with reduced body roll, gives the customer a precise and responsive driving experience.
"We designed the suspension to be very responsive while delivering superb ride and comfort," said Eric Ridenour, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler Group. "The front and rear suspension are all-new. We used a short and long arm design in the front and a sophisticated five-bar link, independent rear suspension. The suspension will delight performance drivers with excellent handling and improved responsiveness while also providing impressively smooth ride characteristics."
All-New Front Suspension
An all-new short and long arm (SLA) front suspension provides excellent handling and ride characteristics. High upper control arms, which place the upper ball joints above the tires, provide suspension articulation that helps keep the tires perpendicular to the road during cornering for high adhesion. Lateral links and tension struts, rather than one-piece lower control arms, position the lower ends of the steering knuckles. These links attach to the steering knuckle via separate ball joints. Multiple bushings offer flexibility to tune for ride and comfort. This architecture creates a virtual pivot point for the tire to reduce reaction to bumps that would otherwise be perceptible at the steering wheel.
All-New Rear Suspension
The five-link independent rear suspension system allows independent tuning of handling and ride comfort so that each can be maximized for a no-compromise situation. The rear suspension has been developed to complement the performance of the front suspension for a very balanced vehicle.
Multiple aluminum links maintain independent control of camber and toe during suspension movement for excellent handling. Multiple bushings offer flexibility to tune for ride and comfort. Stabilizer bar attachments to the knuckles provide maximum response to vehicle lean the Chrysler 300C.
The rear suspension is isolated from the passenger compartment to provide a quiet and smooth ride. All rear suspension components, except the coil springs and shock absorbers, mount on a steel cradle that attaches to the body structure through four large rubber mounts. Premium urethane jounce bumpers provide smooth progressive engagement over sharp bumps to minimize harshness.
All-New Wheel Drive Suspension
All-wheel drive models use an SLA front suspension that is slightly different compared to the rear-wheel drive models to accommodate the front drive axle and related components. The SLA suspension uses a forged upper control arm and single piece cast-iron lower control arm, efficiently packaged around the front-axle drive system.
The steering gear effort and response, and the suspension characteristics, are tuned to the all-wheel drive vehicle’s handling characteristics.
Power Rack and Pinion Steering
Power rack-and-pinion steering has an overall ratio of 16.1:1 on all models. The steering effort is varied to balance comfort and ease of operation with feel and responsiveness requirements. The steering gear mounts to the suspension cradle through two spool isolators that are tuned to minimize road noise while delivering steering responsiveness. Friction is minimized to enhance steering precision.
The steering systems deliver light parking efforts, without compromising steering performance at speed. In addition, the systems are also tuned to match the handling capabilities of the vehicles.
Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
Four-wheel disc brakes are standard on all Chrysler 300 models. Ducts in the front fascia direct cooling airflow to the front brakes, reducing front brake temperatures by up to 15 percent in heavy use for enhanced performance and longer lining life.
High caliper stiffness facilitates firm pedal feel and linear response with increasing demand for braking effort. To reduce rolling resistance for better fuel economy, all models use low-drag calipers. New-technology caliper construction allows minimal drag of the pads on the discs. Tight pad clearance to the rotors maintains maximum pedal feel and responsiveness. The Chrysler 300C features twin-piston aluminum calipers and 13.6-inch vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with 12.6-inch vented rotors in the rear. The calipers are readily visible through the aluminum wheels, and they have a gray anodized coating for corrosion protection and long-term appearance.
Even the base brake system offered on V-6 rear-wheel-drive models offer substantial braking performance and safety. They feature single-piston aluminum calipers and 12.6-inch vented rotors in the front and single-piston aluminum calipers with solid 12.6-inch rotors in the rear.
ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and All-Speed Traction Control
A combined ABS and Traction Control system is standard with the 3.5- and 5.7-liter engines; it is optional with the 2.7-liter V- 6. Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum are the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer all-speed traction control. ABS keeps the vehicle straight while retaining steering capability when braking on slippery surfaces by preventing wheel lock-up. It benefits from state-of-the-art electronics that provide faster system response than in the past.
All-Speed Traction Control enhances mobility and prevents wheel slip when accelerating on slippery surfaces. Depending on how slippery it is, an automatically activated "Winter Mode" feature will select lower transmission up-shift speeds on the five-speed automatic transmission. It also provides a measure of directional stability control - an advancement beyond prior traction control systems. Using the wheel-speed sensors, it can detect excessive yaw and help keep the car on the intended course as, for instance, when accelerating around a curve.
In addition to low traction braking situations, all-speed traction control on the Chrysler 300 models can use throttle control as well. This makes the vehicle less reliant on brake application alone to maintain traction, increases the operating speed range and more closely modulates speed, resulting in smoother operation. With All-Speed Traction Control reducing engine torque when accelerating, it is possible to achieve almost seamless torque application at the wheels. All-Speed Traction Control also benefits from state-of-the-art electronics that provide much faster system response than in the past.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Electronic Stability Program, which includes a Brake Assist feature, is standard on the Chrysler 300C, 300 Touring and 300 Limited. It is optional on the Chrysler 300, and offered for the first time on a North American-built Chrysler Group automobile.
This system enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability in turns, including uneven surface conditions and patchy snow, ice or gravel. If there’s a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering and the vehicle’s path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input to put the car back onto the driver’s intended path.
The system is calibrated to offer safe control of the vehicle under a variety of conditions, and to operate in a manner that is not intrusive in normal or spirited driving.
Geared for Safety, the Chrysler 300 Offers State-Of-The-Industry Performance and Crash Protection Benefits
The Chrysler 300 with rear-wheel-drive technology, is the total package of engineering and technological advancements designed to protect as well as perform. The Chrysler 300 marks the Chrysler Group’s return to a HEMI-powered rear-wheel-drive car platform in nearly five decades.
Many manufacturers of luxury and performance sedans retained rear-wheel drive because of the superior performance and handling characteristics. The RWD configuration of the Chrysler 300 gave designers the freedom and flexibility to create a strong body structure with new dimensions. Advancements in technology enabled Chrysler Group engineers to develop a rear-wheel-drive large-car platform with all season capability.
Offered for the first time on a Chrysler Group vehicle is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC increases driving convenience by allowing the driver the ability to set a specific following distance from other vehicles on the road, in addition to setting a cruising speed. Available on the 2007 Chrysler 300 Limited package and Chrysler 300C model, the ACC will detect vehicles in the Chrysler 300’s path, determine their speed and automatically maintain the following distance by braking or accelerating. This allows the use of cruise control in light traffic without having to continuously adjust settings.
Technologies available in the Chrysler 300 such as electronic stability program (ESP), all-speed traction control and anti-lock brake systems (ABS) have reached new levels of advancement over time. These advancements combined with improved tire design provide more overall balance and control of rear-wheel drive vehicles in a variety of surface and weather conditions.
"Rear-wheel drive technology is in our DNA,“ said Burke Brown, Chief Engineer – Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum, DaimlerChrysler. "From end to end, the execution of the Chrysler 300 signifies not only our return to creating outstanding rear-wheel drive vehicles, but our ongoing commitment to performance and safety.“
The Chrysler 300 boasts an important Chrysler Group safety "first.“ Several Chrysler 300 models offer one-touch close of power windows and sunroofs that include a new, auto-reverse sensing system that automatically engages and reverses the window to help prevent injuries, especially to children. All Chrysler 300 models include the flush-mounted, pull-up/push down window switch designed to reduce power window risk to children.
Another Chrysler Group safety first with the Chrysler 300 centers on innovative tire technology. A special sealant in the inner liner of the tires fills punctures up to 5 mm to minimize the loss of air pressure and significantly reduce the probability of a roadside stop due to a flat tire.
"During the development process of the Chrysler 300, we encouraged a continuous exchange of engineering ‘best practices’ between all DaimlerChrysler partners to leapfrog our own high standards for passenger safety, security and comfort,“ said Mark Chernoby, Vice President, Advanced Engineering Technology.
"As an added result of the design and shared intelligence, we were able to increase the amount of crush space in the Chrysler 300 to create more protection and energy absorption in the event of an accident.“
Safety engineers evaluated the Chrysler 300 with tests beyond current government requirements such as 40-mph front offset and 50-mph rear impact-tests. The 40-mph front impact simulates a high speed vehicle-to-vehicle crash while the 50-mph offset rear-impact test measures fuel system integrity when the vehicle is hit at high speeds on the side nearest the fuel filler tube. In addition, Chrysler Group engineers also used the "pole test,“ which mimics accidents such as hitting a telephone pole or tree, to evaluate the side air bag sensing system. These types of accidents may be severe because the crash forces are concentrated in a relatively small area of the vehicle.
"We strive to achieve the best possible performance in our testing labs and out on the road,“ Chernoby added.
Accident Avoidance Features
Significant advancements in the technology inherent with rear-wheel drive created an opportunity to engineer Chrysler 300 with a longer wheelbase for a safer and more balanced ride. The wider track also provides better stability and handling and traction control in various surface and weather conditions.
To optimize the overall performance of rear-wheel drive, Chrysler 300 offers an Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which helps the driver maintain directional stability on dry pavement, rain, snow, or ice. The all-speed traction control system enhances mobility and helps prevent wheel slip when accelerating on slippery surfaces.
The ABS provides the 2007 Chrysler 300 with excellent stability and steerability during braking on virtually every type of road surface. The vehicles also include Brake Assist, which notifies the active brake booster electronically of the need for increased brake output, helping to provide shorter stopping distances in emergency situations.
Crash Protection Features
Chrysler Group engineers used state-of-the-art computer technology during the development of the Chrysler 300. This computer technology was used to anticipate how the components of the Chrysler 300 would work together during a crash to absorb and reduce crash forces sent to passengers. The Chrysler 300’s advanced restraint system encompasses the air bags, seat belts and sensors to optimize occupant protection in the event of a crash.
Side-curtain air bags and air bag inflators are mounted under the headliner and deploy downward, covering all outboard occupants on the side of impact. Advanced multi-stage driver and passenger front air bags deploy at various levels based on the severity of the crash. Two charges in the air bag module are triggered separately. A minor impact triggers a low-power deployment, while a severe impact will deploy a higher powered discharge for greater occupant protection.
The Chrysler 300 is among the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer advanced air bags with an occupant classification system for the front passenger seat. This system detects the size of an occupant based on weight and determines if there should be no deployment, low deployment or crash severity-based deployment. However, even with this advanced system designed to meet government requirements, the safest place for children is in the back seat. The driver-side air bag works in conjunction with an energy-absorbing steering column to provide supplemental restraints in frontal impacts.
Front seat belts in the Chrysler 300 are equipped with belt pretensioners and constant force retractors. Pretensioners tighten the seat belt to keep the occupant in place while constant force retractors balance the load on the upper body reducing injuries from excessive seat belt forces. Head restraints are standard in every seating position. The driver’s side is also equipped with BeltAlert - - an enhanced seat belt reminder system that periodically activates a chime and illuminates a light in the instrument cluster to remind the driver to buckle up.
The Chrysler 300 earned five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating from NHTSA.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY FEATURES
A Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system, which monitors the pressure inside each tire and alerts the driver to improper tire pressure conditions, is standard on the 2006 Chrysler 300 Touring model and on Chrysler 300s with the Limited package. The basic system uses an amber ISO symbol, which indicate when one or more tires are underinflated. A premium TPM system is available on the Chrysler 300C, which displays all four tire pressures and warnings in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center display in the instrument panel.
A front-seat seat belt alert, which chimes to remind occupants to buckle up, and a speed control instrument panel indicator light also are featured on all 2006 Chrysler 300 vehicle
Adaptive Cruise Control
Advanced multi-stage air bag system
All-speed traction control system
Anti-lock brake system
Auto-dimming interior and exterior rearview mirrors
Auto-reverse sun roof
Child protection rear door locks
Constant Force Retractors
Electronic Stability Program
Energy-absorbing steering column
Enhanced Accident Response System
HID xenon headlamps with high-pressure headlamp washers
HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver
Inside emergency trunk release
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
Low-risk deployment air bags
ParkSense Rear Back-up System
Power adjustable pedals
Remote keyless entry
Security alarm with panic button
Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
Supplemental side-curtain air bags
Supplemental turn signal mirrors with courtesy puddle lamps
Tire Pressure Monitor
UConnect Hands-free Communication System
Automatic oil change alert
Auto-reverse windows: An advanced sensing system automatically engages and reverses the window down to help prevent injuries to children
Advanced air bag system: Enhanced protection for a wider range of occupants, this system also is designed to identify the size of an occupant based primarily on weight for the front passenger seat
All-Speed Traction Control System: All-Speed Traction Control, which enhances mobility and prevents wheel slip when accelerating on road surfaces by operating both the brakes and the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
Anti-Lock Brake System: Equipped with electronic sensors that help prevent wheel lockup, the ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
Body Structure: Crush beads and stiffeners engineered into the vehicle body help absorb energy, while preserving the integrity of the vehicle compartment. These reinforcements provide additional protection in an offset-type impact
Child Seat Anchor System (LATCH): Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
Constant Force Retractors (CFR): The front seat belts include a mechanical device designed to distribute the force of a seat belt according to the load or force exerted on it. CFRs are engineered to force-limit the belt system, and gradually release seat belt webbing in a controlled manner during a severe crash
Electronic Stability Program (ESP): This feature aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on road surfaces
Energy-Absorbing Steering Column: Manual adjust steering columns utilize two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward and provide more energy absorption during a crash. The power adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element which deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management
Enhanced Accident Response System: In the event of an accident, this system makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach the occupants by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking the doors after air bag deployment
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting: This feature provides a larger spectrum of light to increase driver visibility
Multi-Stage Air Bags: Multi-stage air bags deploy at three different rates depending on the severity of the crash. In lower-severity collisions, the air bag deploys with less force, and the force is increased during more severe collisions
Pretensioners: During a collision, the impact sensors initiate the front seat belt pretensioners to immediately remove slack from the seat belts thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso
Rear Park Assist: This rear obstacle detection system signals an audible warning and rear overhead display to aid in collision avoidance
Self-Sealing Tires: A special sealant in the inner liner of the tires fills punctures up to 0.19 inches to minimize the loss of air pressure and significantly reduce the probability of a roadside stop due to a flat tire
Side Curtain Air Bags: The side curtain extends protection to all outboard passengers
Tire Pressure Monitoring: This advanced system monitors the pressure inside each tire and alerts -the driver to improper tire pressure conditions, i.e., the pressure is low