Chrysler 300's luxury version gets upgraded interior
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Editor's note: The HEMI V-8 engine on the Chrysler 300C will continue to be mated to a 5-speed transmission. An earlier version of this story misstated which transmission would be attached to the HEMI.
DETROIT -- Chrysler Group rolled out its latest entry for the lucrative "black car" market this morning, revealing new "Luxury Series" editions of its flagship Chrysler 300 sedan that add new interiors to recent powertrain additions.
The new versions feature leather-wrapped interior components.The vehicles also have heated steering wheels with special die-cast paddle shifters and wood trim, according to a Chrysler statement.
The Luxury Series sedans pick up several features from other high-end Chrysler Group vehicles, such as 12-way powered adjustable seating as well as heated and ventilated front and rear seats. The sedans also feature Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system, with its 8.4-inch center stack screen.
Retail prices, including freight, for the luxury models start at $40,145 for the rear-wheel drive version of the 300 and top out at $45,245 for the all-wheel-drive version of the 300c.
All of the versions feature the automaker's new eight-speed transmission from ZF Friedrichshafen AG of Germany, mated with the award-winning Pentastar V-6. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine will keep its current 5-speed transmission.
With the six-cylinder, the Luxury Series 300 gets fuel economy of up to 31 mpg on the highway.
The Chrysler 300 Luxury Series sedans scheduled to arrive in showrooms during the first three months of 2012, and are being assembled at the automaker's assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario.
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