December 27th, 2011 by Steve Cypher

Eight speed tranny plus matte wood and leather to adorn the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

The doldrums

Breaking news in the auto industry has a tendency to slow down just before one of the major auto shows as well as during the holiday breaks taken by all the major manufacturers. When you combine the two, however, things get positively boring.

You can imagine the excitement around here, then, when this little missive hit our inbox this morning: “All-new Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Sedan: The Most Luxurious and Fuel-efficient Chrysler Flagship Ever.”

So without further ado, here are the particulars:

2012 Chrysler 300 luxury series

Designed for those seeking more luxury than is offered in more proletarian 300s, the Luxury Series draws from the corporation’s new-found Italian roots in offering something not sourced from Corinthia: that is, “ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars.” That would be either black or “Mochachino” Italian leather.

That, combined with31 highway mpg and an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a Pentastar V-6 (in the 300 model – the 300C still gets the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8), should pretty much cover the gamut for most buyers seeking luxury in a Chrysler product.

“The new 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Edition is more than just our flagship car, it’s the trophy for the tireless majority, an automobile designed and built to meet the most discerning of expectations,” said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It’s fitted with a paddle shifting eight-speed transmission found only on cars twice its cost, dressed with the highest grade Italian Poltrona Frau leather and finished with hand sanded real wood found only in exotic cars – all to deliver a surprising combination of hyper craftsmanship, style, technology and ‘über’ best-in-class fuel economy at 31 mpg.”

Über the top

In addition to Italian leather on the IP, console upper door panels and cluster brow, the arm rests, bolster and center console armrest are slathered in Premium Nappa, while the seats are covered in “supple” Nappa. Meanwhile, the interior is also enhanced with Natural Pore Mocha wood trim.

Outside, either 20-inch (RWD) or 19-inch (AWD) polished faced aluminum wheels are offset by fascia accents, grille and grille surround, mirror caps and door handle accents in platinum chrome.

Other premium features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen-laden infotainment system with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM traffic and travel link, LED-illuminated instrument panel, power-adjustable pedals and tilt and telescoping steering wheel. LEDs also illuminate the door handles and front and rear map pockets.

Underfoot, 300 Luxury Series owners will also find 18-ounce Berber floor mats.

Availability

Car shoppers will be able to ogle 300 Luxury Series models in Chrysler new car dealer showrooms during the first quarter of 2012.

New car prices have already been set (including an $825 destination charge) on all four models and are as follows:

Chrysler 300 Luxury Series (RWD) $40,145
Chrysler 300 Luxury Series (AWD) $42,495
Chrysler 300C Luxury Series (RWD) $42,895
Chrysler 300C Luxury Series (AWD) $45,245


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