Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Size Really Does Matter for Luxury Load-Luggers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Size Really Does Matter for Luxury Load-Luggers

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Byline: By Malcolm Robertshaw

DESPITE the current motoring environment continuing to encourage car buyers to support the downsizing philosophy, all is not lost for supporters of the large executive-type vehicle.

If size does happen to matter, with something a little on the large size being preferable to simply following the trend, then there are still a number of the big guys posing at showrooms to tempt the discerning buyer.

One such member of the big league is the Chrysler 300C which, for the past couple of years has proved quite popular in saloon form and has now been joined by a strikingly handsome estate car derivative.

Manufactured in Graz, Austria, the 300C saloon and estate car are products of the Daimler/Chrysler Group and, in addition to a pair of powerfully potent petrol engines, a 5.7-litre HEMI and a 6.1-litre SRT-8, both the 300C saloon and estate car also offer a userfriendly Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre CRD diesel engine.

In the spotlight here is the 300C Touring model which offers huge cargo capacity while still being comfortable.

Although not brash, the Touring is certainly big and could be said to actually border on the quite beautiful as you absorb its strong, sculptured shape, stretching from that distinctive front grille, which fooled some into thinking they were looking at a Bentley.

There are clever touches too such as the design of the tailgate which has hinges set back over the load area to enable the boot door to rise almost vertically to help loading.

Luggage capacity is also well in excess of some executive estate car rivals ranging from 630 to 1,602 litres with the rear 60:40 split seats folded.

The cargo load can be hidden out of sight beneath the standard-fit removable, rollaway tonneau cover and, with large storage bins set in the side panelling, useful underfloor storage for smaller items and a removable cargo organiser with waterproof boot liner for storage management, the boot is certainly flexible and accommodating. …

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