Chrysler E-Class

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This article is about the rebadged version of the Dodge 600. For the Mercedes-Benz model, see Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Chrysler E-Class
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Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler (Chrysler Corporation)
Production 1982–1984
Model years 1983–1984
Assembly Jefferson Avenue Assembly, Detroit, Michigan
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform E-body
Related Chrysler New Yorker
Dodge 600
Plymouth Caravelle
Powertrain
Engine 2.2 L K I4
2.2 L Turbo I I4
2.6 L Mitsubishi G54B I4
Transmission 3-speed A413 automatic
3-speed A470 automatic
Chronology
Predecessor Chrysler Newport
Successor Plymouth Caravelle

The Chrysler E-Class was a mid-size car produced by Chrysler. Introduced in 1983 on a stretched version of the Chrysler K platform, the E-Class was a less expensive, less equipped version of the similar 1983 New Yorker.

History[edit]

The Chrysler E-Class was targeted at those who wanted Chrysler luxury at a more affordable price than the flagship New Yorker. Due to this reason, the E-Class is the de facto replacement for the 1981 Newport, which had been Chrysler's cheaper, more basic version of the New Yorker. The E-Class was originally to be called the "Grand LeBaron",[1] however Chrysler decided to name it "E-Class" in reference to the new E-platform.

The E-Class came with a number of features and options including a cassette player, split 50/50 front bench with middle seat mounted console, woodgrain interior trim, two-tone exterior paint, power window & door locks, and air conditioning. Engines were the 2.2 L naturally aspirated I4 and the Mitsubishi 2.6 L I4. 1984 saw the debut of fuel injection on the 2.2 L engine and an optional Garrett AiResearch T-03 turbocharger. Larger, wraparound tail lights were also added for 1984.

The E-Class however, was not a sales success. Sales of the more expensive New Yorker were nearly double the E-Class's sales for 1984.[2] Its slow sales caused it to be dropped from Chrysler's lineup after only two years on the market. Rather than discontinue a lower-priced model to be sold on Chrysler-Plymouth lots, Chrysler gave the car a minor refreshment (it lost the waterfall grille and crystal pentastar hood ornament) and transferred it to Plymouth's lineup, where it became the Caravelle for 1985.

Sales[edit]

Production[3]
Model Year Units
1983 39,258
1984 32,237
Total 71,495

References[edit]

Media related to Chrysler E-Class at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cars "Chrysler" p.255: "Chrysler Vehicles."
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cars "Chrysler" p.279: "Chrysler Production Figures."
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cars "Chrysler" p.279: "Chrysler Production Figures."
  • Chrysler Corporation. "1984 Chrysler E-Class". Chrysler Factory Brochure (1984).