Chrysler announces 300C "Heritage Edition"by Nick Aziz
Paying homage to the Chrysler 300s of the late 1950s, the Chrysler Group announced today the new 2006 Chrysler 300C "Heritage Edition," debuting Jan. 4 at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.√' Available in dealerships this spring for $36,000, the limited-production Heritage Edition is a performance specialty vehicle offering the power of the company's 5.7-liter Hemi engine with the fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS), high-performance styling cues of the popular SRT line-up and exclusive features, including the first-time use of SmartBeam headlamp technology in a Chrysler vehicle.√' More images after the jump...
And, to "contemporize its illustrious past," the Heritage Edition has a chromed bodyside molding with a distinctive tri-color 300C badge that is modeled after the badge on the 1957 Chrysler 300C, a vehicle described in its day as the "Beautiful Brute."
"The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition honors the long line of beautiful Chrysler 300 vehicles by combining power and fuel-economy in a sporty, stylish package," said Jeff Bell, Vice President√' - Chrysler.
The Heritage Edition includes P225/60R18 all-season touring tires and unique 18-inch chrome clad wheels with performance suspension, performance-shifting five-speed AutoStick responsive performance steering gear and a performance exhaust sound.√' The interior features SRT-inspired front seats with tri-color heritage badge on the seat backs, an exclusive interior two-tone color combination and an upgraded 368-watt Boston Acoustic seven-speaker sound system with subwoofer. It also features a new Smoke Translucent finish on the upper steering wheel and door pull handles.√' The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition is offered in three exterior colors: Brilliant Black, Cool Vanilla and, at extra cost, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl, the first, true red exclusively available on this Chrysler 300 model.
The SmartBeam intelligent headlamp system is a premium, sophisticated aid for nighttime driving.√' It automatically and quickly adjusts high-beam brightness and intensity, depending on the surrounding nighttime light sources. The 2006 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition is the first, and only, Chrysler vehicle offering this technology in 2006.√' The High Intensity Discharger (HID) Xenon headlamps include high-pressure headlamp washers.
In addition to the standard features found on the 2006 Chrysler 300C, the new Heritage Edition also includes the following:
- Sound Group II√' ""√' including 368-watt amplifier, seven Boston Acoustics speakers with sub-woofer and AM/FM/Cassette/CD 6-disc MP3 radio
- Power adjustable pedals with memory
- SRT-inspired decklid spoiler
- All-chromed grille
- Chromed power, folding, heated mirrors