300C Touring aims at German rivals
24 March 2006

Chrysler's hefty 300C estate will target rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz on price when it goes on sale in the UK next month.

The 300C Touring will start at £27,250 in both 3.5-litre V6 petrol and 3.0-litre turbodiesel form. By contrast, BMW's 5-series touring starts at over £29,000 and Merc's basic E-class estate is over £28,000. The 3.5-litre version of the Stuttgart machine is over £10,000 more expensive than the 300C Touring.

Chrysler was widely tipped to price the car aggressively; the 300C saloon has received plaudits for its looks, presence and specification, but not its road manners in comparison to German rivals.

The 300C Touring features the distinctive front end of its saloon sibling, with a long but steeply-raked hatchback at the rear. Its load area holds 630 litres as standard, rising to 1602 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Standard kit includes Electronic Stability Programme, traction control, front and rear side curtain airbags, xenon discharge headlights, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and a rear park assist system.

A 5.7-litre HEMI version of the car is also available, with prices starting at £34,425.

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