Chrysler Concorde marked the start of Chrysler's resurgence when it was launched way back in 1993. It was Chrysler's mainstream full-size sedan with a nice contour and six-passenger seating configuration. The first Concordes came with the cab-forward design and became popular due to the spacious interior provided by the said design. The second-generation Concorde released in 1998 was redesigned from the ground up. It now received a more dramatic look and a Ferrari-like grille. Two powertrains were available — the dual-overhead-cam 2.7liter V6 delivering 200 horsepower and the 3.2 liter single cam engine generating 225 horsepower. These engines were matched with standard 4-speed automatic transmission.
In its second generation, Concorde is available in base LX trim and upscale LXi package. Built in a 113 inches wheelbase, Concorde's overall length increased by 7.5 inches in 1998 and its front-drive chassis received an extensive modification. To improve ride comfort and to lessen road noise, Chrysler decided to revise Concorde's suspension in 1999. The interior also received thick carpeting and standard cargo net was added into the trunk. A CD player and a theft-deterrent system was added to the LXi package. The following year, the suspension was again modified to afford a smooth and quieter ride. And to match the tires of the LXi, the base models now come with 16-inch tire. The LXi edition received additional nice touches — a 4-disc in-dash CD changer which is offered as an option and a standard speed-sensitive, variable — assist steering.
New for 2002 model year is the addition of the premium trim level — the Concorde Limited. It takes pride in carrying a high-output 3.5-liter V6 that produces 250 horsepower and a host of luxury features including eight-way power heated driver and passenger seats, first-class leather seats, 240-watt stereo and a lot more. To further boost engine performance, several features were also added such as 17-inch tires, standard traction control, antilock braking system and speed-sensitive power steering.
Inside Concorde's cabin, you'll find controls that logically arranged and a fairly conservative instrument panel. The buttons and switches appear luxurious and the optional CD-cassette stereo afford a very nice sound. The interior surfaces yield a luxurious feel and the rear seats were spacious and comfortable. For 2005 model year, Concorde will be replaced by an entirely different LX sedan outfitted with rear-wheel drive.
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