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by Tim Beissmann

Chrysler has released the first official teaser images of the 2011 Chrysler 300C luxury sedan ahead of its anticipated debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

The images show detail of a number of new highlights, including the refreshed Chrysler family grille with spread wing badge, headlights and taillights, alloy wheels and interior.

The headlights feature LED daytime running lights in a horseshoe formation, while the rear lights have been sharpened and are surrounded by chrome.

The new grille has a softened, satin appearance, and works in with accents under the headlights, around the side windows, exterior door handles, alloy wheels and a strip along the boot.

The boot also gets a unique, curved lip, elongating slightly the shortish lid.

Perforated leather seats add a sporting touch to the dark, sleek interior, while bright blue dashboard lighting gives a more uplifting and modern feel.

Importantly, the new-look 300C has lost none of the gangsta of the first-generation model, and will serve as a desperately needed upgrade to the current model, which was first launched in the US in 2004.

It is believed the 2011 Chrysler 300C will be powered by the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 as well as the famous 5.7-litre Hemi V8. All-wheel drive is expected to be an option over the standard rear-wheel drive in some models.

Chrysler Australia’s Dean Bonthorne confirmed the Chrysler 300C would not arrive in Australia until 2012, as the vehicle will not be available in right-hand drive until then.

He said the vehicle would continue to be called 300C in Australia, rather than following the US model and adopting the shortened 300 nameplate.

Mr Bonthorne said it was too early to say for sure what powertrains would underpin the new model in Australia, but said the preference would be to continue with a line-up similar to the current one, including V6 and V8 petrol engines as well as a diesel option.




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