Chrysler Nassau Concept: the lowdown
You're looking at Chrysler's new sampler for a shooting brake: the Nassau concept newly unveiled in Detroit. Design boss Trevor Creed heralded it as 'a new, more emotional Chrysler.' Although the same size as the mean-'n'-moody 300C saloon, the Nassau is designed to look smaller, with more delicate surface treatments, a subtler new eggcrate grille and a slimmer, more European hatchback rear end.
So what are the design highlights of the Nassau?
The Nassau portrays more compact dimensions, despite rolling on huge 10-spoke, 22in alloy wheels. The short overhangs front and rear help disguise the bulk, while the arcing roofline creates a coupe feel. Creed claimed the wraparound side windows and twin-glass roof panels helped detract from the body mass; there's no B-pillar, either - creating a light and airy cabin. With the side windows down, there's a large aperture for an open-top feel. Inside, the Nassau takes inspiration from mobile phones and PDAs for much of its switchgear.
What's under the bonnet?
The Nassau is powered by a thumping 6.1-litre Hemi V8. It's been massaged by Chrysler's SRT division and puts out a strong 425bhp. A five-speed gearbox drives the rear wheels. At this stage, the Nassau is just a design exercise, but word is that its design language will inspire future generations of Chryslers.