Known for its aerodynamic, cab-forward design, the Chrysler Concorde is a large four-door sedan that debuted in 1992 as the 1993 model year. This sleek Concorde lived to produce 11 more models before retiring in 2004, leaving a lasting impression of combined style and performance topped with technologies that are ahead of other vehicles during their time.
1993-1997: First generation
The first-generation Concorde was based on the design concept of the well-loved Lamborghini Portofino, and it closely resembled the Eagle Vision except for a few parts like the grilles, rear fascias, body side moldings, and wheel choices. This generation Concorde rolled out in two trim levels—the lower-level LX and the higher-level LXi—and ditched the Pentastar logo of Chrysler for the new one. Positively reviewed by the press, the Concorde’s debut model became available with a six-disc trunk-mounted Mopar CD changer with wire remote, an alarm system, and a Panasonic cell phone with an external mounted antenna. Chrysler also transformed this four-wheel sedan to a six-seater with the addition of the front-split bench seat with two fold-down arm rests with cup holders in its 1994 model year.
Besides these new features, the Concorde also received improvements in its drivability. Touring suspension and power steering were added in the first-generation models to make speeding on the freeway smoother and better overall. And before ending the four-year run of the first-generation Concorde, its engine received upgrades that clocked the 3.5-liter engine to produce 217 horsepower.
1998-2004: Second generation
The redesigned second- and final-generation Concorde rolled out in 1998, bearing a Ferrari-like grille that distinguished the sedan from the other four-door cars. Its redesign added 7.5 inches to the overall length but shed about a hundred pounds with the use of aluminum materials for its rear suspension, hood, and engines. During the major overhaul of the Concorde, the LX and LXi trims were joined by the highest trim level called Limited, which featured bigger 17-inch wheels and a high-performing 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 250 horsepower.
This Chrysler sedan became available with more hi-tech components like the new in-dash CD changer, the Infinity sound system with steering wheel-mounted controls, and improved safety features like the Chrysler’s Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, a three-point safety belt for the rear-middle seat, and front-side airbags. The Concorde also received better upholstery, a power sunroof, and driving enhancements that included an improved suspension system and a speed-sensitive variable-assist steering for a quieter, smoother, and more comfortable driving.