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First look: Chrysler a hatch-cum-wagon

Sculptural look: The Nassau is a wagon with coupe overtones.

Chrysler takes an each-way bet on stylish newcomer

12 Jan 2007

CHRYSLER'S new-design direction starts here with the Nassau, a four-seater hatch-cum-wagon with coupe overtones and luxury-car overtures.

In photos, those massive 22-inch wheels make it look small-car sized, but the flesh this behemoth is actually 300C-sized.

Using words like "fluid and sophisticated, sleek toned stance and classic sculpture" to describe the Nassau’s styling, it is clear that DaimlerChrysler wants to move away from the blunt aggression of its current vehicles.

This theme is most evident in the highly futuristic and exquisitely presented tech-fest cabin, which contrasts starkly to the firm’s present efforts.

11 center imageHowever, convention rules underneath, with a 300C SRT8-sourced 317kW 6.1-litre V8 driving the rear wheels via a five-speed transaxle.

The Nassau's production future is uncertain, as Chrysler awaits public reaction to its revitalised corporate look.

But expect at least a few of this show car's details – such as the arced roof, pillar-less doors, and very short overhangs – to feature on the next-generation showroom models.

Intriguingly, the very mid-20th Century Aston Martin term "Shooting Brake" that DaimlerChrysler liberally uses to sum up the Nassau's overall function may be a hint as to its future acquisition plans. Stay tuned to that one.

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