Chrysler LHS

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Chrysler LHS
1997 Chrysler LHS, rear left side.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler Corporation, DaimlerChrysler
Production 1993–2002
Model years 1994-2002
Assembly Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury sedan
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler LH platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine {{3.5 L EGG V6 }}
Transmission 4-speed 42LE automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length 207.4 in (5,268 mm)
Width 74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Height
  • 56.0 in (1,422 mm)
  • Special: 55.5 in (1,410 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Chrysler Imperial
Successor Chrysler Concorde Limited

The Chrysler LHS is a full-sized luxury sedan sold by Chrysler from 1994-2002. It replaced the Chrysler Imperial as the division's flagship model.

Introduced in 1994, the Chrysler LHS was the top of the line model for the division, as well as the most expensive of the LH platform cars.[1] The car was differentiated from the division's New Yorker sedan by its bucket leather seats (the New Yorker had a bench seat) and standard features such as alloy wheels which were options on the New Yorker.[2]

2000 Chrysler LHS


The five-passenger Chrysler LHS was differentiated its New Yorker counterpart, by a floor console and shifter, five-passenger seating, lack of chrome trim, an upgraded interior and a sportier image. For the 1997 model year the New Yorker was dropped in favor of a six-passenger option on the 1997 LHS. The LHS received a minor face change in 1995 when the corporate wide pentastar emblem was replaced with the revived Chrysler brand emblem.

Standard features of the LHS included a 3.5 L EGE 24-valve 214 hp (160 kW) V6 engine, body-colored grille, side mirrors and trim, traction control, aluminum wheels, integrated fog lights, and 8-way power adjustable front seats, premium sound systems with amplifiers, and automatic temperature control. Unlike the New Yorker, leather seats were standard.


Changes over the years 1995- The headlamps on the 1994 models were very poorly designed and many owners complained about their poor brightness. Chrysler rushed the redesign into the production for 1995 model year. The new deisnged used a projector-style headlight beam, something that was still somewhat uncommon for its time. There was also a new Chrysler logo on the grille which replaced the pentastar.

1996- Body color mirrors were no longer available, as well as the optional carphone, and bench seats became optional. Homelink garage door opener and a hidden antenna became standard equipment.

1999- Brings out a whole new generation of the LHS which was much more refined, but lost a lot of the comfort of the first generation.

The LHS was sold in Europe on a special order basis as it featured rear amber turn signals, the lights on the sides of the rear bumper were moved to the rear, side turn signal repeaters, and headlamps that incorporated different lens geometry and bulbs.

The first generation LHS was praised by motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson, who is well known for criticizing American automobiles but described the LHS as "by global standards, right up there with the best."[25]

The LHS was redesigned in 1998, and featured the new winged emblem of the Chrysler division. With the introduction of the 300M and the discontinuation of the New Yorker, the second generation LHS competed with traditional large luxury sedans such as the Lincoln Continental and Toyota Avalon while the shorter and sportier 300M competed in the performance luxury market.[3] The LHS nameplate was discontinued after 2002, but the car continued on as the Concorde Limited.


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