I suspect most people in Britain and Europe couldn’t give a monkey’s whether or not Chrysler survives. But if there is one reason the company still commands a sliver of sympathy, it’s the 300C. So what do you think of the new one?
The original 300C was a brutally cool square-cut thick-set four-door. It was the car that brought saloons in from the cold, after a decade where no-one remotely in-touch with fashion wanted anything but a supercar or an SUV. It went ballistic in the world of hip-hop and customs.
I spotted this picture of the new one while wading through the densely-packed 177-page ‘survival plan’ that Chrysler submitted the US Government. Since the survival plan is a public document, I don’t think they can object to my posting this thing on the web.
The new 300C is due late 2010. It carries on with the V8 Hemi engine, but there’s also an all-new V6 as an economical option. Economical at least by American gas-swilling standards.
Chrysler is also making a big thing of the ‘uconnect’ system, which pipes the internet into the car, and then the car itself becomes a hotspot. The system also has a hard drive for your tunes. Sounds like they know the target market.
Will the target market fall for a car that looks like this? Picture it in black with 22in wheels.
First though, picture Chrysler making it through to 2010. Somehow that seems like an even bigger effort of the imagination.