Fiat-Chrysler has unveiled its latest car in their 5 series at the Canary Wharf Motorexpo this week, the Chrysler 300C executive saloon.
On sale 14 June in the UK it is priced at £35,995 and goes head-to-head with the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-class. Despite the hike in price over its predecessor which was available from under £30,000 it remains cheaper than its counterparts.
Under the bonnet of the car sees the new 236bhp Chrysler 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel with MultiJet 2 technology provide both power and fuel saving as car manufacturers look to get the most out of their engines while retaining some eco-friendliness. The car produces a top speed of 144mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds. A standard Limited has combined fuel economy of 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 185g/km which drops to 39.2mpg with the 20” wheels.
The unique Rain Brake Support helps keep the brake pads dry in wet conditions for better stopping while other features include keyless entry, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, ventilated front seats and heated rears, the Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen display, mirrors that darken automatically to limit headlight glare, cruise control, and 18-inch wheels are all standard.
An additional dual pane panoramic sun roof comes as standard on the Executive model along with a fuel filler pipe which opens when the pump nozzle is inserted and closes automatically when refuelling has been completed.
Talking about the launch of the 300c, brand director Nigel Land said: "It is still less expensive than anything else in the E segment if you compare like for like on equipment levels. The 300C is well equipped, whether in Limited or even more luxurious Executive trim. Unlike the majority of its rivals the equipment comes as standard."