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Interiors with Impact

It's what's inside that counts

July 13, 2015

2015 Jeep® Renegade

2015 Jeep® Renegade

While the exterior of a vehicle is what first turns your head, it’s the interior that envelops you and makes you feel at home. Today, top-notch interiors are one of the reasons consumers choose to purchase one vehicle over another. Beyond nice leather seats, new vehicle buyers are looking for unique features and designs to increase the connectivity and usability of their vehicle.

Inspiration is boundless
Designers at the FCA US Interior Studios work to develop a cohesive and consistent design language that can be applied to multiple vehicles, which make up each of the brands while staying true to each brand’s unique heritage.

The latest Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram interiors are filled with unique details that set it apart from the competition. Designs are influenced from a variety of sources, from airplanes and furniture, to items found in nature or during a game of paintball.

Using all of these influences, the FCA US Interior Studios seem to have found the right mix, recently picking up two awards for its interiors. WardsAuto editors named the new 2015 Chrysler 300 and the all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade to its Ward’s “10 Best Interiors” list for 2015.

“The FCA US interior design team pays meticulous attention to detail, whether it’s selecting the perfect materials and color combinations to ensuring the communication experience is intuitive and simple to use,” Klaus Busse, Vice President of Interior Design, FCA – North America, said. “To have the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Renegade named to Ward’s 10 Best List signifies that we have achieved our mission to offer products that go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers.”

Ward’s editors spent two months evaluating and scoring 42 vehicles based on fit-and-finish, comfort, material selection, ergonomics, information/displays, value, safety and design aesthetics.

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    2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum interior

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    2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum interior

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    2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum

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    2015 Jeep Renegade Limited interior

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    2015 Jeep Renegade Limited interior

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    2015 Jeep® Renegade Limited

2015 Chrysler 300
Inside the new Chrysler 300 passengers will be immersed in a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality and innovative material choices inspired by American cities, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features.

“In a world overpopulated with giant SUVs, the Chrysler 300C Platinum reminds us how glorious big sedans can be,” Drew Winter, editor-in-chief, WardsAuto World magazine, said. “The ’15 model takes the superb interior of the previous version up another notch with even more features, comfort and sumptuous materials. The quilted leather trim and patterned upholstery are similar to what we see on German luxury sedans costing three times as much. The huge touchscreen and Uconnect infotainment system is about the best at any price. Yet it also has wonderfully practical details, such as stout grab handles and a truly sturdy sunglasses holder. ‘I could live in this car,’ says one judge. Yes indeed. And live well.”

Earning the right to be named a Ward’s 10 Best Interior is the new 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum model — the new pinnacle of the Chrysler brand lineup — offering an all-new and exclusive two-tone Indigo/Linen interior inspired by La Jolla, California’s ocean views lined by sandy expanses and unexpected coves. This sedan’s interior environment features segment-exclusive use of quilted and perforated Nappa leather on front and rear seats. Highlighting this sedan’s world-class level of craftsmanship and comfort is a segment-exclusive use of quilted Nappa leather wrapping the seats and door panels. Once limited to exotic sedans priced tens of thousands more, ultra high-end Foligno leather from Italian leather expert, Poltrona Frau, wraps the instrument panel and sides of the center console and is finished with French accent stitching. A two-tone Indigo/Linen leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched together and includes die-cast paddle shifters and a unique chrome accent ring to highlight the segment-exclusive 360-degree heated rim. Completing the interior environment is specially selected and hand-sanded natural pore wood stained in a matte-Mocha finish for greater beauty.

2015 Jeep® Renegade
The all-new Renegade interior features a rugged and energetic appearance that builds upon the Jeep brand’s legendary heritage. Its precisely crafted details, innovative and high-quality color and material appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and clever storage features draw inspiration from contemporary extreme sports gear and lifestyles.

“The Jeep Renegade lives up to its name by bringing a rebellious new style to the overcrowded small SUV segment,” Ward’s editor Winter said. “The interior checks off all our boxes in terms of being roomy, comfortable and having excellent ergonomics—even the voice-activation system works flawlessly. But, the attention given to interior details and design is truly spectacular for a vehicle in this class. Whimsical design elements, bold, contrasting colors and stunning metallic bronze trim convey a sense of fun and adventure that sets it apart. The Renegade isn’t a ’cute ute,’ it’s the Cherokee’s badass little brother.”

The interior of the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade has a distinctive form language which Jeep designers have titled “Tek-Tonic.” The Tek-Tonic design theme is defined by the intersections of soft and tactile forms with rugged and functional details. Major surfaces such as the sculpted soft-touch instrument panel are intersected with bold functional elements like the passenger grab handle. Indispensable for off-road adventures, the robust handle is borrowed from its big brother, the legendary Jeep Wrangler. It cleverly integrates into the passenger air vent to create a unique sculpted element. The unique center vent “air-pod” and anodized accents draw inspiration from performance goggles and boots used in extreme sports.  Unique protective clamps that surround the Uconnect touchscreens, shifter bezel, and front-door speaker bezels exude strength and precision. The clamp surrounding the touchscreens is embossed with “Since 1941,” paying homage to the Jeep brand’s legendary history.