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Nassau not as funky as predicted. Image by Chrysler.

Nassau not as funky as predicted
Chrysler wants to make a four-door coupé. Let's hope it's better-looking than the Nassau concept car.
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The Chrysler Nassau concept shown at the Detroit Show takes the form of a luxury four-seat 'coupé' - influenced by the Mercedes-Benz CLS - though bears absolutely no resemblance to its platform sibling, the Dodge Magnum/Chrysler 300C.

The Nassau concept gets its power from a 425bhp 6.1-litre HEMI V8 (delivering 420lb.ft of torque at 4800rpm), which drives the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission. The company claims it's enough to propel the Nassau to 60mph in just 5 seconds, reach the standing quarter mile in 13.5 seconds, and hit a top speed of 165mph. Not bad considering it weighs over two tonnes...

The design is clean with the wheels pushed into the corners to create what Chrysler calls a 'toned stance'. Short front and rear overhangs make the vehicle appear more compact than its 4981mm length would have you believe, and large 10-spoke 22-inch wheels filling the wheelarches. The absence of a B-pillar and thin A-pillars improve outward visibility while the roof is fitted with two huge glass panels to provide plenty of natural light.

The design theme is carried over into the interior, which combines refinement with function and style. The instrument panel is a showcase for new technologies in data display, personal control interface, and home theatre-inspired entertainment. Gear selection is accomplished via a 'pod-type' control mounted on the instrument panel and the steering wheel incorporates paddle shifters too. The materials inside the concept were inspired by the design of contemporary mobile phones, computers, iPods and MP3 players, seeking to present a new world of luxury to a younger audience.

Time and public opinion can gauge if this car will grace Chrysler showrooms in the future, though it is likely that a Chrysler will be produced along the same idea as the successful Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Eric Gallina - 12 Jan 2007

Earlier articles featuring 2007 Chrysler Nassau concept

2006-12-22: Sneak preview of the DaimlerChrysler concepts in Detroit
2006-11-24: Nassau's gone funky


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