Chrysler adds side-impact airbags and wood interior trim as new options for the LHS and steering-wheel audio controls as a new standard feature for 2001. The wood trim is part of the Luxury Group, which includes a trip computer, garage-door opener and automatically adjusting outside mirrors.
The LHS is a luxury version of the Chrysler Concorde and Dodge Intrepid sedans, which ride the same front-drive chassis but carry different styling touches and a more powerful engine.
Chrysler also sells the sportier 300M, which is based on the same design but is 10 inches shorter than the LHS and is exported to other countries. The LHS is sold only in North America.
Though the LHS borrows the Concordes styling, it has a unique front appearance highlighted by a taller, narrower grille and four projector-style headlamps. It also uses Chryslers trademark cab-forward design in which the wheels are pushed out to the ends of the car, leaving a little overhang.
Standard 17-inch tires and cast-aluminum wheels give the LHS a bigger footprint than the Concorde, which has 16-inch tires and wheels. Chrome wheels and a power sunroof are optional.
As with the similar Concorde, Chryslers cab-forward design and a 113-inch wheelbase allow for a roomy passenger compartment, wide doors and a spacious trunk. A small pass-through section to the trunk allows carrying long objects such as skis.
Heated front bucket seats and leather and vinyl upholstery are standard in the five-passenger LHS. Neither a front bench seat nor cloth upholstery are available.
Under the Hood
A 253-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission comprise the LHS lone powertrain. The engine gets up to a full gallop quickly and delivers smooth, satisfying passing power.
A standard, low-speed traction control system helps get the power to slippery pavement. Antilock brakes also are standard.