Chrysler has announced pricing for its 2012 300C saloon – the four-door BMW 5 Series rival will cost £35,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in June.
Chrysler 300C: Two trim levels
The Chrysler 300C will be available in two trim levels. Entry-level Limited specification will cost £35,995 and offers heated seats, cruise control, air suspension and hill start assistance.
Upgrading to Executive trim costs £4,000 and adds adaptive cruise control, collision warning, keyless entry and leather upholstery among its standard kit list.
Chrysler 300C: V6 turbodiesel engine
Both versions of the forthcoming 300C will be powered by Chrysler’s 236bhp 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine.
The new engine produces 28bhp more than in the previous generation of the American saloon, so performance should be improved – expect a 0-62mph time of around 7.5 seconds.
The new engine is also more efficient than the older unit, returning a claimed 39.8mpg with 185g/km CO2, meaning £215 car tax (VED). In our initial lab tests of the new 300C however, we recorded a slightly disappointing 35.8mpg average.
Chrysler 300C: Competitive price
The 300C is competitively priced and offers more equipment as standard than a similarly priced BMW 5 Series, the 525D SE costs £35,140.
However, the 300C is likely to depreciate far faster than the BMW, and poorer fuel economy means running costs will potentially be higher.