Chrysler leaked out some information about the new 2010 Chrysler 300C, and the new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We have the details inside.
If you take the time to go through Chrysler's entire viability plan, filed yesterday with the U.S. Treasury, you will find two renderings of upcoming vehicles. Interior and exterior mock-ups of the new 2010 Chrysler 300C and the new 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee made their way into the report.
Whether it is to convince the government of their sustainability, or a cheap marketing gimmick, or both, the pictures clearly show the direction Chrysler is taking with the two cars.
First and foremost, why are there no side mirrors on the new 300C? A somewhat essential element, they seem to have left the item off completely, not even replacing it with side-view cameras. Could missing these small details be a key reason why the company has performed so poorly in recent times?
The new 300C also looks to be losing some of its pimp calibre in the new model. Boxier headlights, a less pronounced grille, less elaboration around the fog lights, and a smoothed out front end are just a few of the details noticed. Inside, the car gets new vents, a rounded off center panel, a lot of wood trim, and a dashboard colored to match. Incidentally, the interior rendering does include side view mirrors.
Chrysler claims fuel economy improvement of 22% on the new vehicle, which puts the vehicle at 21 mpg city, and 30 mpg highway. No doubt that is partly due to streamlining the front; a benefit even if it strips the car of some of its character.
Meanwhile, we can expect to see boxy headlights again on the new Grand Cherokee, with less pronounced side mirrors (at least it has them), and a lower roofline. The front end has been smoothed out, to accomadate the new headlights. Previously, it was rippled around the round lamps. This actually gives it a bit of a better look, more akin to what a Jeep should look like. Designers either left out the gas cap, or moved it to the passenger side. Fuel economy also improves by 19%, giving the vehicle 19 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway.
Inside, the instrument panel has a major change, with the removal of the climate control system. Perhaps this means Chrysler will incorporate the system into the computerized display. A nicer looking steering wheel is included, as is a lot more wood trim. The dashboard and the top of the door liners is copper toned, giving the interior a strange tri-color look. Four colors, if you include the carpeting.