The Chrysler New Yorker is a front-wheel drive, full-size sedan. The most recent generation of the New Yorker rests upon the LH platform, shared with the more upscale Chrysler LHS and more sporting Eagle Vision. The New Yorker was offered between 1994 and 1996, when it was discontinued in favor of the LHS. Only one trim level was offered, although there are enough standard and optional features available to keep buyers happy.
Under the hood of the New Yorker lies an advanced SOHC 24-valve 3.5-liter V6. The engine produces 214 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This V6 is the only engine choice for the New Yorker and it is also shared with the LHS. This engine is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The New Yorker can achieve 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 26 miles per gallon on the highway according to EPA estimates. These figures are impressive for a sedan of its size and well in line with the New Yorker's competitors. The New Yorker could seat 6 people in comfort with the standard bench seat.
The New Yorker was just one of several LH cars" designed by Chrysler's Auburn Hills design studio. The LH cars were among the first cars designed completely in a computer environment, using the "cab forward" design philosophy to maximize interior and trunk space. However, the New Yorker's roots stretch back a number of decades. The New Yorker name first appeared as a sub-model of the 1938 Imperial and quickly became its own model in the following year. The New Yorker name was used on a number of rear-wheel drive vehicles until 1983, when the name appeared on a variant of the K-car platform and on an M-body sedan. The New Yorker continued to use the E-body and later C-body platforms until it was thoroughly redesigned in 1994.
The list of standard features for the New Yorker include driver and passenger side air bags, air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks and power windows, heated power mirrors, and speed-sensitive intermittent wipers. Options for the New Yorker include driver and passenger 8-way power front seats with leather, traction control, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a power moonroof. An overhead console with an information system is also available. While the New Yorker does not have as many standard features as the LHS, it is nevertheless well appointed.
The New Yorker's original manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) was approximately $27,300, with rebates and incentives driving the final asking price below MSRP. The New Yorker remained competitive in the face of competition such as the Toyota Avalon, Oldsmobile 98, and much larger rear-wheel drive full-size sedans such as the Buick Roadmaster and Mercury Grand Marquis.
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