Chrysler E-Class

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Chrysler E-Class
ManufacturerChrysler (Chrysler Corporation)
Model years1983–1984
AssemblyJefferson Avenue Assembly, Detroit, Michigan
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFF layout
RelatedChrysler New Yorker
Dodge 600
Plymouth Caravelle
Engine2.2 L K I4
2.2 L Turbo I I4
2.6 L Mitsubishi G54B I4
Transmission3-speed A413 automatic
3-speed A470 automatic
PredecessorChrysler Newport
SuccessorPlymouth 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.


1984 Chrysler E-Class rear view

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.


Model Year Units
1983 39,258
1984 32,237
Total 71,495


  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).