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Chrysler announces 300C "Heritage Edition"

Paying homage to the Chrysler 300s of the late 1950s, the Chrysler Group announced today the new 2006 Chrysler 300C "Heritage Edition," debuting Jan. 4 at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.√'¬†Available in dealerships this spring for $36,000, the limited-production Heritage Edition is a performance specialty vehicle offering the power of the company's 5.7-liter Hemi engine with the fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS), high-performance styling cues of the popular SRT line-up and exclusive features, including the first-time use of SmartBeam headlamp technology in a Chrysler vehicle.√'¬†More images after the jump...



And, to "contemporize its illustrious past," the Heritage Edition has a chromed bodyside molding with a distinctive tri-color 300C badge that is modeled after the badge on the 1957 Chrysler 300C, a vehicle described in its day as the "Beautiful Brute."

"The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition honors the long line of beautiful Chrysler 300 vehicles by combining power and fuel-economy in a sporty, stylish package," said Jeff Bell, Vice President√'¬†- Chrysler.









The Heritage Edition includes P225/60R18 all-season touring tires and unique 18-inch chrome clad wheels with performance suspension, performance-shifting five-speed AutoStick responsive performance steering gear and a performance exhaust sound.√'¬†The interior features SRT-inspired front seats with tri-color heritage badge on the seat backs, an exclusive interior two-tone color combination and an upgraded 368-watt Boston Acoustic seven-speaker sound system with subwoofer. It also features a new Smoke Translucent finish on the upper steering wheel and door pull handles.√'¬†The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition is offered in three exterior colors: Brilliant Black, Cool Vanilla and, at extra cost, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl, the first, true red exclusively available on this Chrysler 300 model.

The SmartBeam intelligent headlamp system is a premium, sophisticated aid for nighttime driving.√'¬† It automatically and quickly adjusts high-beam brightness and intensity, depending on the surrounding nighttime light sources. The 2006 Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition is the first, and only, Chrysler vehicle offering this technology in 2006.√'¬†The High Intensity Discharger (HID) Xenon headlamps include high-pressure headlamp washers.
In addition to the standard features found on the 2006 Chrysler 300C, the new Heritage Edition also includes the following: