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Not quite as distinctive as the original, but more refined and better balanced, inside and out

Our Verdict

Can this reworked exec saloon take the fight to Europe’s finest?

  • First Drive

    Chrysler 300C

    The new Chrysler 300C is the sister car of the Lancia Thema, and continues to offer a unique charm, even if its detailing fails to match the class best
  • First Drive

    Chrysler 300C

    Still lacks a little polish next to the established rivals, but seriously competitive and likeable nonetheless

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7 February 2011

I think it,s going to make a luverly Lancia

7 February 2011

Interior definitely looks better.

The sad thing is though, I can see this ending up as a modern day Scorpio / Omega in the used market if Fiat / Chrysler price it too keenly in the UK.

Make an interesting police car though!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

7 February 2011

i like this 300, didn't like the first one, too brash, too rubbish to be taken seriously!

I'd like this even better if we were getting the Lancia Thema version! But alas its not to be, but this could well turn things around for Lancia/Chrysler!

7 February 2011

[quote marktobin]I'd like this even better if we were getting the Lancia Thema version[/quote]

MoPar in the US will sell six different grilles including the Bentley-style wire mesh, so clipping in a Lancia grille should not be too much of a task. The rear badge and wheel hubs should not be too difficult either.

In Europe we will get a 3.0 V6 Turbodiesel with 225-250 HP, built under licence from VM Motori.

7 February 2011

[quote giulivo]

MoPar in the US will sell six different grilles including the Bentley-style wire mesh, so clipping in a Lancia grille should not be too much of a task. The rear badge and wheel hubs should not be too difficult either.

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It's not just about the grille. I know where marktobin is coming from, it is more about the brand.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

7 February 2011

But don't you think it should come with a kite mark?, you know?,tested and approved, of saleable quality in what ever country it's to be sold in?.

Peter Cavellini.

7 February 2011

It's lost a bit of presence with it's Audi-esque front end. The exterior didn't really need changing. If only I could afford the petrol!

7 February 2011

I'm not sure about the success of the car, badged as a Lancia, in Italy.

The market for luxury sedans is very small here, and it's dominated by Audi, Mercedes and BMW, usually in very high specs...

With all due respect the VM Motori Diesels were never been among the best...

7 February 2011

[quote matsoc]With all due respect the VM Motori Diesels were never been among the best...
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Yep, but the first gen 300C only started selling in the UK once a diesel was introduced.

7 February 2011

[quote matsoc]VM Motori Diesels were never been among the best.[/quote] I thought the original had the Mercedes engine in. So are they changing engine for the diesel version or aim I confusing things? If they are changing engine is this a step forward or something to be concerned about.

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