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Chrysler LHS

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Chrysler LHS
Chrysler LHS (1999–2001)
  • 1993–1997
  • 1998–2001
Model years
  • 1994–1997
  • 1999–2001
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury 4-door sedan
LayoutLongitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformChrysler LH platform
PredecessorChrysler Imperial
Chrysler Fifth Avenue
SuccessorChrysler Concorde Limited

The Chrysler LHS is a full-size luxury four-door sedan that was produced by Chrysler for the 1994 through the 2001 model years,[1] with a one-year hiatus for 1998. It replaced the Chrysler Imperial and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue as the division's flagship model. The LHS was rebadged as the Concorde Limited for the 2002 model year.[2]

First generation (1994–1997)[edit]

First generation
ManufacturerChrysler Corporation
ProductionFebruary 1993 – 1997
Model years1994–1997
AssemblyBrampton Assembly, Brampton, Canada
Body and chassis
Engine3.5 L EGE V6
Transmission4-speed 42LE automatic
Wheelbase113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length207.4 in (5,268 mm)
Width74.3 in (1,887 mm)
Height55.7 in (1,415 mm)

Introduced in May 1993 for the 1994 model year, the Chrysler LHS was the top of the line model for the division, as well as the most expensive of the Chrysler LH platform cars.[3] All the LH-series models shared a 113.0-inch (2,870 mm) wheelbase and were developed using Chrysler's new computer drafting system.[4]

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 that were options on the New Yorker.[5] Further differences between the Chrysler LHS and its New Yorker counterpart were a floor console and shifter, five-passenger seating, lack of chrome trim, an upgraded interior, and a sportier image. From the 1996 model year on the New Yorker was dropped in favor of a six-passenger option on the 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; 217 PS) V6 engine, body-colored grille, side mirrors and trim, traction control, aluminum wheels, integrated fog lights, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, premium sound systems with amplifiers, and automatic temperature control. Unlike the New Yorker, leather seats were standard.

Annual changes[edit]


  • Due to complaints Chrysler received regarding poor brightness of the headlamps on 1994 models, they were redesigned for the 1995 model year and included a projector-style headlight beam, which was rather uncommon for its time. A new Chrysler medallion on the grille replaced the Pentastar.


  • Body-color mirrors were no longer available, as well as the optional carphone. With the withdrawal of the New Yorker, front bench seats became optional. Homelink garage door opener and a hidden antenna became standard equipment.
  • OBD-II is added.
  • New engine ignition-carburetion management module.
  • The antenna is now hidden inside the rear brake lights.
  • New colours.
  • More comfortable center console.


  • Transmission improvements were the primary change for 1997.

Production figures:

Chrysler LHS production figures[6]
Yearly Production
1994 44,739
1995 29,418
1996 34,900
1997 36,525
Total 145,582

Second generation (1999–2001)[edit]

Second generation
Model years1999–2001
AssemblyBrampton Assembly, Brampton, Canada
Body and chassis
Engine3.5 L EGE V6
Transmission4-speed 42LE automatic
Wheelbase113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length207.7 in (5,276 mm)
Width74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Height56.0 in (1,422 mm)

After a one-year hiatus, a redesigned LHS was introduced in 1998 for the 1999 model year.[4] It 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 while the shorter and sportier 300M competed in the performance luxury market.[3] The new generation of the LHS was much more refined than its predecessor, and its 3.5 L SOHC 24-valve V6 produced 253 hp (189 kW; 257 PS) at 6400 rpm and 255 lb⋅ft (346 N⋅m) of torque at 3950 rpm.[4]

Chrysler discontinued the LHS after 2001, replacing it with the new Concorde Limited. The Concorde's fascias, the primary exterior difference between the Concorde and LHS, were replaced with the LHS'. In essence, the LHS was rebadged as the Concorde Limited allowing Chrysler to streamline its model lineup.


The first-generation LHS was sold in Europe by special order only during 1995–1999 model years.[7] LHS was rebranded as New Yorker for the European market but retained the LHS name for the United Kingdom.[8][9]

The New Yorker featured the export taillights with amber turn signal indicators in the middle band between red brake and night lights and white reverse lights, side turn signal repeaters, headlights with different light output and bulbs, and a set of red rear fog lamps in the bumpers adjacent to the wider numberplate. The side running lights and retroreflective markers were deleted from the bumpers and front turn signal indicators.


The first generation LHS was praised by motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson, who is well known for criticising North American automobiles, described the LHS as "by global standards, right up there with the best."[10] The LHS nameplate was discontinued after 2001, but the design continued as the Concorde Limited.


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  2. ^ "2002 Chrysler Concorde Sedan". Edmunds. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Creating the second-generation Chrysler LHS and the Chrysler 300M". allpar. April 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Anderson, Greg (January 1, 1999). "1999 Chrysler 300M and 1999 Chrysler LHS Road Test". Edmunds. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "1993–1997 Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, and Chrysler Concorde, New Yorker, and LHS". allpar. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Flammang, James M. (1999). Standard catalog of American cars, 1976-1999. Ron Kowalke (3rd ed.). Iola, WI: Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-755-0. OCLC 43301709.
  7. ^ Donaldson, Jessica. "1999 Chrysler LHS". Concept Carz. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  8. ^ "Chrysler New Yorker 3.5i V6 24V (1996)". Autoweek NL (in Dutch). Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "Chrysler New Yorker (1999)". Autoweek NL (in Dutch). Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Clarkson, Jeremy (2009). Motorworld. Penguin. ISBN 9780141901367. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  • Haynes Repair Manual – Chrysler LHS, Concorde, 300M, Dodge Intrepid, 1998–2004. Haynes. March 15, 2009. ISBN 9781563927324.

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