The front-drive Concorde was introduced in 1993 as an affordable alternative to higher-priced luxury sedans. It competes with the Acura Legend, Lexus ES 300, Olds Eighty Eight and Buick Park Avenue. It's aimed at affluent, mature families and those just entering the luxury car market.
There is only one trim level, but a choice of two engines, a 3.3-liter 161-hp ohv V6 or a 3.5-liter 214-hp 24-valve sohc V6. Both engines are mounted longitudinally (front-to-rear), as opposed to the transverse (sideways) engine placement of most front-drive cars. This placement improves front-to-rear weight distribution somewhat, for better handling and vehicle stability. Both engines are mated to a 4-speed electronically controlled transaxle.
Other standard equipment includes dual airbags, 4-wheel disc antilock brakes, power windows and door locks, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, speed-proportional variable-assist power steering, heated power side mirrors, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, power trunk release and door beams that meet 1997 federal side-impact protection requirements. Safety options include an integrated child safety seat, an alarm system, and illuminated keyless entry. A power glass moonroof is also available as an option. Five new colors are offered for 1995.
Chrysler's much-touted "cab-forward" design, which pushes the wheels toward the corners of the car and extends the windshield forward over the front axle line, results in more interior room than most of its competitors, and the Concorde is officially listed by the EPA as a Large Car.
As of August 1, 1994:
- $20,550 (1995 Chrysler Concorde)
As of August 7, 1995:
- $19,445 (1996 Chrysler Concorde)
As of July 27, 1997:
- $20,435 (1997 Chrysler Concorde)
- $535 (1994-1995 models)
- $550 (1996-1997 models)