2015 chrysler 300

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Most cars’ journey through a single life cycle—from launch to midterm update to giving way to something newer—can be tracked through the massaging of fascias, tweaks to head- and taillights, and updates to the available color palette. In the case of Chrysler’s second-generation 300 sedan, however, it also includes an ever-evolving tapestry of gearshifters. All 300s once had a meaty shift lever that slid through the typical PRND detents, but when Chrysler’s ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission began trickling into V-6–powered 300s, those models received new, Audi-esque, low-profile electronic shift levers. Now, as part of a mild refresh for 2015, the entire 300 line has adopted the same rotary shift dial as the smaller 200 sedan.

For the most part, these knob-related updates have coincided with actual transmission changes; outside of the cog farm, not much else about the 300 has changed. Indeed, this year’s biggest news is the V-8–powered 300’s long-awaited adoption of the same ZF-designed and Chrysler-built eight-speed automatic that has been standard on V-6 models since late 2011. We previously drove the 2015 300 with the big engine and the new transmission, but this marks our first opportunity to strap our test gear to one.

Same Old Eight-Speed Story

Chrysler’s eight-speed is by now a pretty familiar piece, seen already in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge’s Challenger, Charger, and Durango. With that gearbox bolted to the unchanged 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, our acceleration times were very close to eight-cylinder 300s we’ve tested in the past. This 2015 model beat a 2012 300C we tested to 60 mph by 0.6 second and matched the 5.3-second time laid down by our long-term 2012 300C test car at the end of its 40,000-mile stay with us. Naturally, it also handily beats the 2015 300 with the V-6.

While the eight-speed smoothly, quickly, and unobtrusively moves through the gears, it’s often eager to be done with lower ratios in favor of higher ones. Notably, we never saw the transmission choose a gear that seemed too high for the road speed, but we were able to trip it up when summoning full throttle while on the move. On several occasions, dipping all the way into the gas while already at part throttle—say, while merging or squirting into a hole in traffic—was met with a pregnant pause before the gearbox selected a lower gear and the 300 took off with a tire chirp and a lurch. That happened only in the normal drive setting; twirl the shift dial to the sportier “S” position, though, and the transmission faithfully seeks and holds lower gears on aggressive throttle applications.

A Better Big One

Our test car was the sport-themed 300S trim; there also are base Limited, upscale 300C, and new-for-2015 Platinum trim levels. On the S, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard, but as entertaining as rifling off downshifts manually in a 4400-pound full-size sedan can be, we mostly left the transmission to do its own thing. As we’ve found in our previous encounters, the 300 is a tolerant partner when hustling over winding blacktop—as much as something this size can be, anyway—but that’s clearly not the car’s comfort zone. While it never puts a wheel wrong, you’re always aware of its heft; it’s best to keep to the highways and byways in the 300, the better to enjoy its comfortable ride quality.

At least indulging in such behavior allowed us to fully experience the 300’s new, electrically assisted steering. It feels weighty yet largely uncommunicative, just like the old hydraulic setup. So why would Chrysler make the change? To increase fuel economy, as electric steering isn’t driven by the engine. How much exactly that setup and the new transmission each affect mileage is uncertain, but our observed fuel economy did indeed jump up to 21 mpg, 4-mpg better than what we saw in a 2011 300C. And it was a tick higher than the 20 mpg we notched over 40,000 miles in our long-term 300, which had an old-school five-speed automatic.

The 2015 300’s changes aren’t transformative, but that wasn’t really necessary, anyway. The Chrysler’s core competencies are intact, namely looking good, carrying four adults in serious comfort, and delivering a ton of vehicular presence for not a lot of money. It’s quick enough and slick enough for the customer who wants size above all else without the brashness of the Dodge Charger or the Toyota Avalon’s relative meekness.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $42,860 (base price: $39,065)

ENGINE TYPE: pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 345 cu in, 5654 cc
Power: 363 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 394 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length: 198.6 in
Width: 75.0 in Height: 58.7 in
Passenger volume: 106 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 4408 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.8 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 24.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.7 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.9 sec @ 104 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 131 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.81 g

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 16/25 mpg
C/D observed: 21 mpg
*Stability-control-inhibited


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What is it?

It’s the first Chrysler 300 update in four years, and it enhances the 300’s appeal without significantly shifting its spot in the automotive universe. Launched by the newly minted Fiat Chrysler Automotive group (FCA), the 2015 Chrysler 300 is still as American as they come.

That’s largely because, on a continent full of front-drive Chevy Impala, Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon competition, the 300 and its Dodge Charger corporate stablemate remain unique among mainstream American sedans. They’re built on rear-drive platforms with longitudinal engines. On one hand, the ’15 300 update is mild: a facelift front, rear, and inside, a couple of mechanical enhancements, more techno-gizmos and a trim realignment. On the other, the impact of the sum exceeds the parts. The new Chrysler 300 is refined, modernized and more distinguished than it’s been in years.

The 2015 300's body stampings are identical to its predecessor's, except for the size of the cutouts behind its new LED taillights. Exterior changes are limited to the front and rear ends, in pursuit of what the design team calls “heritage styling.”

In other words, the stylists sought a throwback to the 2005 quad-headlight 300--known to some as the Baby Bentley. A more extensive re-skin in 2011 deliberately moved the 300 closer to generic, and maybe even dumbed it down. The 2015 tries to move it back.

The new 300’s grille is a third larger, and constructed of wire mesh on all variants. The Chrysler wing moves from the top edge of the grille closer to its center. The amber marking lights at the outer edge of the headlight clusters have moved to the lip of the front wheel wells, and the foglights are quad LEDs. In back, the bumper has a more prominent upper edge; wide, rectangular exhaust tips replace round portholes.

Chrome is applied more minimally all around. The 300 C Platinum variant gets polished satin bright work instead of chrome. The sport-tuned 300 S has black headlight fill, body-color mirrors and door handles, and an optional black roof panel. The 2015 styling tweaks restore some of the distinctiveness—the swagger—that was washed out of this 300’s predecessor.

Inside, designers wanted more contrast, though it isn’t so much a contrast of color or materials. Rather, it’s contrast of classic design elements and appointments with modern fixtures, starting with a bold, full-color electro-luminescent instrument cluster and a larger (8.5-inch) touchscreen at the top of the center stack. Even the base 300 Limited comes with heated front seats and leather upholstery.

The 300 C Platinum upgrades things with more luxuriant Nappa leather and quilted door panels. Its dash and console are skinned with French-stitched Laligno leather from Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau. There’s more finish work throughout—more hand-sanded, oil-rubbed wood and more detail, including a two-tone leather steering wheel with chrome strip. The drivetrain is carryover. Chrysler’s 3.6-liter corporate V6 is tuned to 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque in most 300s, just as before. A cold air intake and reduced exhaust backpressure increase the net to 300 hp, 264 lb-ft, in the 300 S. All-wheel drive is offered on all four 300 variants, with a planetary center differential and a transparent front-axle disconnect system intended to improve fuel economy. The 5.7 liter Hemi V8 (363 hp, 394 lb-ft) is offered in all but the base Limited, and still with Chrysler’s Fuel Saver variable-displacement technology. The Hemi is no longer available with all-wheel drive. The biggest news is adaptation of Chrysler’s eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic, previously reserved for the V6, to the big V8. It adds one mpg to the Hemi’s EPA city rating and reduces manual shift times 38 percent (to 250 milliseconds, if it matters). All 300s now have the Jaguar-style rotary gear selector introduced in the new Chrysler 200. There’s also rack-mounted electric power steering assist, replacing the ‘14’s electro-hydraulic system. It integrates the 300’s steering into certain safety systems and allows driver-selectable assist levels. A new sport mode adjusts steering effort, throttle progression and shift strategy to more sporting effect, and adds rearward torque bias to the all-wheel-drive.

There are three distinct suspension tunings: comfort for the Limited and 300 C, touring for the C Platinum (optional on the C) and sport for the S. The sport suspension increases damping rates 20 percent compared to 2014, for the firmest tuning yet this side of the now-defunct SRT8. The ’15 300’s curb weights are essentially the same as the ’14.

And that’s with more gizmos. The UConnect system adds a Wi-Fi hot spot and smart-phone app that allows remote starting and other adjustments, and there are optional heated and cooled cupholders in the console. The rest is largely enhancement to various safety systems. The forward collision warning adds autonomous brake operation at lower speeds, which means it will begin applying the brakes even if the driver doesn’t. The lane assist can add a nudge of steering if the 300 wanders, and the aggressiveness of the nudge can be adjusted by the driver. The adaptive cruise control now operates to a complete stop, and it will accelerate again if the car is stationary less than two seconds. Theoretically it will work with the ebb and flow of stop-and-go traffic without driver intervention.

Chrysler says 300 owners have the broadest demographic spread among those buying any of its vehicles, based on age and income. That might explain a price span exceeding 50 percent from the least expensive 300 to the most expensive. At $32,390 with the $995 destination charge, the base Limited comes with leather, UConnect, heated front seats and 17-inch wheels. It’s offered with all the safety options, and AWD adds $2,500.

Next up is the 300 S ($35,890), with sport suspension, paddle shifts, standard Beats audio and 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels The Hemi is $3,000 more. The 300 C ($38,890) comes with 18-inch wheels and adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a leather upgrade. The new C Platinum gets that fanciest interior, high-watt Alpine audio and 20-inch wheels. At $43,390 before AWD, the Hemi or some of the safety options, it’s expected to account for 5 percent of sales.

The current Chrysler 300 increased sales nearly 50 percent over its four-year run. Through its final year, it has expanded Chrysler’s share of the large sedan market 2.5 percent, as that market as a whole was flat. And in our estimation, the 2015 300 is substantially improved.

How’s it drive?

Nothing about this sedan feels old. Classic, maybe, and definitely unique, without the cookie-cutter quality that seems to muddle so many mainstream sedans circa 2015. Don’t underestimate the impact of a facelift.

The Platinum interior is indeed premium--here the Baby Bentley thing might legitimately apply. The matte finish, open-grain wood is excellent, and liberally applied. The leather dash and console are good, and the quilted door panels, great. The C Platinum is definitely a class above standard, and maybe above anything in the class. The front seats are roomy, but not the most supportive. You’ll want to move and wiggle every so often to get the blood flowing and inhibit numb cheeks. All 300s are quiet and tight. It’s obvious they’ve been building this car for a while. Panels and seams match better than in any Chrysler product we’ve seen.

The V6 delivers better than adequate scoot—strong, if not exciting, even with the extra weight of AWD. There isn’t much to complain about with the transmission. Shifts are smooth, and it’s more willing to kick down than most transmissions tuned to extract maximum economy in the EPA cycle, especially in sport mode. It’s more decisive in its gear selection than some of the mega-gear transmissions FCA has introduced the last few years.

The touring suspension is never excessively roll-y. The 300 serves control and security to its driver, even at a good clip and particularly with all-wheel drive, which adds a sure-footed feeling (and a bit of understeer) without much heft or inertia. This is not a go-fast machine, per se, but it’s solid, comfortable and confident, and never numbing to drive (except maybe those seats). Other cars in this class feel like upsized versions of a front-drive, midsize Fusion/Camry/Malibu, with strengths and weaknesses that go with that. The 300 is a tad heavier and a bit wider than its obvious competitors, but it feels like its own car—unique, and maybe even a throwback, if throwback carries no negative connotation.

The Hemi definitely raises the excitement factor. It’s just meatier and more eager to run, and a bit of rush is never further than a jab at the gas pedal. The ultimate for the enthusiast driver is the 300 S with Hemi. It forgoes some of the security all-wheel-drive provides, but usually that is good. You’ll notice immediately that the S V8’s tail is more reactive to throttle inputs. Its steering feels less bound up, and the car feels lighter. It’s the liveliest 300 of all.

The 2015 Chrysler 300 can be a comfortable, stylish cruiser, a bit of a muscle car or a top-drawer old-guy car (that’s a sincere compliment). It’s versatile, in a fashion, and it can even be invigorating.

Do I want it? If you want a rear-drive American sedan, the options are limited. The Chevy SS is an outstanding car, but it’s engineered to appeal to a fairly hard-core buyer, not particularly engaging to behold and priced to limit volume. It also originates in Australia. The Chrysler 300’s FCA stable mate, the Dodge Charger, is—well, it’s a Dodge. There’s no French-stitched, Poltrona Frau Faligno leather in a Dodge. The Chrysler 300 is unique. In a market increasingly subdivided to satisfy every possible need, the machines themselves can actually get harder to differentiate. "Unique" is one of the highest compliments we can pay. Long live the 300.

Vehicle Model Information

ON SALE: Spring 2015

BASE PRICE: $32,390

AS TESTED PRICE: $49,500

POWERTRAIN: 3.6-liter V6, RWD or AWD

OUTPUT: 292 hp, 260 lb-ft

CURB WEIGHT: 4,029

0-60 MPH: 7.1 sec (est.)

FUEL ECONOMY: 19 city, 31 hwy

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Chrysler 300

"Chrysler Three Hundred" redirects here. For the letter series of cars from the 1950s and 1960s, see Chrysler 300 letter series. For the non-letter series from the 1960s and 1970s, see Chrysler 300 non-letter series. For the 1999 to 2004 model, see Chrysler 300M. For the station wagon as the Chrysler 300C, see Dodge Magnum. Also see 300 (disambiguation).

Motor vehicle

The Chrysler 300 is a full-sizedluxury car[4][5] manufactured and marketed by Stellantis North America (and its predecessor companies) as a four-door sedan and station wagon in its first generation (model years 2005–2010) and solely as a four-door sedan in its second and current generation (model years 2011–present). The second generation 300 was marketed as the Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland and as the Lancia Thema in the remainder of Europe.[6]

The Chrysler 300 continues a very long tradition of large front engine, rear wheel drive V8 powered sedans the company has offered, starting in the 1940s with the Chrysler Saratoga and Chrysler New Yorker, followed by the Chrysler Windsor, Chrysler Newport, Chrysler Cordoba and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. When the company began operations in 1925, the Chrysler Six was entered as a roadster in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished the race, and in 1926, the Chrysler Imperial started the tradition of luxury and performance products.[7] The original Chrysler Hemi engine was used in a specialty racecar and finished the 1952 Le Mans, 1953 Le Mans and 1954 Le Mans endurance races, as well as the 1953 12 Hours of Sebring.

Currently, Nitro Funny Car racing in 2020 has become a one-team, one-manufacturer monopoly. Don Schumacher's Stellantis factory team won all eleven rounds of the 2020 Camping World Drag Racing Series, with the Dodge Charger body, which is shared with the current Chrysler 300 sedan.

First generation (2005–2010)[edit]

Motor vehicle

First generation
2008 Chrysler 300.jpg
Also calledChrysler 300C
ProductionJanuary 2004–2010
Model years2005–2010[8]
AssemblyBrampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)[9]
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr) (2005–2010)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz) (2006–2009)[10]
DesignerRalph Gilles (2000)
Freeman Thomas (2000)
Tom Gale (2000)
Body style4-door notchbacksedan
5-door station wagon (Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, Japan)
PlatformChrysler LX platform
RelatedDodge Charger
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Magnum
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Engine2.7 L EERV6
3.5 L EGG V6
5.7 L EZB HemiV8
6.1 L ESF Hemi V8
3.0 L OM642 turbodiesel V6
Transmission4-speed 42RLEautomatic
5-speed W5A580 automatic
Wheelbase120.0 in (3,048 mm)[11]
126.0 in (3,200 mm) (Executive Series)
Length197.8 in (5,024 mm)
Width74.1 in (1,882 mm)
Height58.4 in (1,483 mm)
SRT8: 57.9 in (1,471 mm)
Curb weight3,721–4,046 lb (1,688–1,835 kg )[12][13]

The 300 debuted as a concept at the 2003 New York International Auto Show with styling by Ralph Gilles and production starting in January 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Chrysler 300 was designed as a modern interpretation of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 (and the letter series Chryslers that followed), featuring a large grille, long hood and low roofline that was prominent on those vehicles. The styling retained many elements of the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car, such as chrome interior accents and tortoiseshell finishing on the steering wheel and shifter knob. It was the last Chrysler vehicle designed under Tom Gale, upon his retirement from DaimlerChrysler in December 2000.[14][15]

The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel driveChrysler LX platform with varying components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class of the era.[16] Shared and or derived components from Mercedes-Benz included: the rear suspension cradle and 5-link independent rear suspension design derived from E-Class, the 5-Speed NAG1 (W5A580/WA580) transmission, rear differential, ESP & ABS systems, steering system, cabin electronics and seat controls, seat frames, wiring harness, and a double wish-bone front suspension design derived from the W220 S-Class. AWD models also benefited from use of Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC system, including transfer case components.

Model range[edit]

Base[edit]

The basic 300 (or 300C in some countries) comes with standard 17-inch wheels, wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes, single disc CD player, auxiliary input jack, power driver seat and a 4-Speed (42RLE) automatic transmission. It uses a 2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in) EER V6 making 190 hp (142 kW). In Canada, it comes standard with the Touring model's 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6 engine. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available all wheel drive. The basic 300 model was renamed to LX for 2008 and remains as the code-name for the platform.[17]

Touring[edit]

The Touring model uses a 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6, producing 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) of torque, either a 4 or 5-speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration, and comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), remote keyless entry, leather trimmed seats, and SIRIUSsatellite radio. This model was renamed Touring Plus for the 2009 and 2010 model years.[17]

Limited[edit]

The Limited model included the Touring model's 3.5 L V6 engine, generating 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) and either a 4 or 5 speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration. Additional features included 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, anti-roll bars.

300C[edit]

Chrysler 300C

The top-of-the-line 300C version uses a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8.[17] Using the Multi-Displacement System (MDS), this engine can run on four cylinders when less power is needed to reduce total fuel consumption. The USEPA-rated fuel consumption of the 300C is: 15 miles per US gallon (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp) city, and 23 miles per US gallon (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) highway. When all eight cylinders are needed, the 300C can produce 340 hp (254 kW) and 390 lb⋅ft (529 N⋅m) of torque. It uses a five-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, Chrysler's MyGIG Infotainment System in 2008 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Backseat Television in 2008. The Hemi cylinder heads necessitate the use of a double rocker arm shaft configuration, with a cam-in-block, overhead valve (OHV) pushrod design. There are two spark plugs per cylinder to promote efficient fuel/air mixture burn and thereby reduce emissions. In 2009–2010 power output was increased to 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS).

SRT-8[edit]

The SRT-8 model was equipped with a 6.1-liter Hemi engine producing 425 hp (317 kW; 431 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The SRT8 can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.[18]

Other variants[edit]

Station wagon[edit]

2010 Chrysler 300C Touring

Chrysler marketed the 300C in Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, and Japan as both a four-door notchback sedan and a five-door station wagon. The five-door station wagon was marketed as the 300C Touring (not to be confused with the North American notchback sedan's "Touring" trim level), which shared its sheet metal aft of the C-pillar and wheel designs with the Dodge Magnum. The base Chrysler 300 was not marketed in Europe, instead, all cars came with the 300C body style/interior and a choice of either V6 diesel or V8 gasoline powerplants. The economical Mercedes-based V6 diesel was optional in Europe. All 300C Touring models, along with European 300C sedans and right-hand drive models were assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria beginning in June 2005.[19] Steyr insisted on upgrading suspension components to suit European tastes. Dodge Charger/Magnum wheels with Chrysler center caps were used instead of the distinct wheels used on Canada-assembled models. The five-door station wagon body style was discontinued after the first generation.

Diesel (2006–2011)[edit]

In Europe and Australia, the 300C was available with a Mercedes-Benz 3.0 L dieselV6 engine (internal code OM642) rated 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) at 3800 rpm and 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque at 1600 rpm. Fuel economy for the 300C diesel is rated at 26.2 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31.5 mpg‑imp) City, 42.8 mpg‑US (5.50 L/100 km; 51.4 mpg‑imp) Highway and 34.9 mpg‑US (6.74 L/100 km; 41.9 mpg‑imp) on the combined cycle. It can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.9 seconds while the top speed remains the same as the gasoline V6 (140 mph (225 km/h)).

The 2008 UK models included the 300C SRT-Design model in sedan or Touring body, which included SRT 20-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch spats, chrome mesh grille, MyGIG satellite navigation, SRT-8 steering wheel, SRT-8 leather sports seats and carbon fiber interior details.[20]

ASC Helios 300[edit]

ASC created a convertible version of the Chrysler 300C, dubbed the ASC Helios 300, and unveiled it at the North American International Auto Show in early 2005. Despite rumors', Chrysler confirmed that the vehicle would not be produced.[21][22]

Executive Series 300[edit]

The Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series 300 was an extended wheelbase version shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show. It added 6 inches (152 mm) to the rear passenger compartment. The wheelbase was 126 in (3,200 mm) for this edition.[23]

Heritage Edition 300C The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition debuted in 2006 and was a performance oriented trim that used the 5.7 Hemi and had styling cues from the Chrysler 300 "letter series" of the 1950s and the 1960s.[24]

Reception and legacy[edit]

In the US, the 300C enjoyed a wave of popularity in the mid-2000s, aided by celebrity owners (including US President Barack Obama,[25]) and appearances in music videos. In 2004, rapper Snoop Dogg famously called then-Chrysler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, asking for his own 300C; he later appeared in a commercial for the car alongside Lee Iacocca.[26] The 300C was ranked No. 12 in a Complex.com article, "The 25 Most Iconic Hip-Hop Cars", due to its popularity in many hip-hop music videos following its introduction.[27] Chrysler 300 designer Ralph Gilles reflected on the vehicle's success in 2008, saying that the "300 turned out to be a bit of an icon for Chrysler".[28]

In the UK, the BBC's Top Gear team described the 300C as "something different with a bit of kitsch gangster cool". They praised the spacious and well-equipped interior and the low price while criticizing the quality of materials, ride, steering and low engine torque.[29] The first generation model was popular with British buyers who regarded it as the "poor man's Bentley".[30]

On hip-hop artist Drake's album Views, the song "Keep The Family Close" references the Chrysler 300 with the lyrics "Always saw you for what you could've been / Ever since you met me / Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley".[31]

Awards[edit]

The 300C was the 2005 Motor TrendCar of the Year.[32] It was on Car and Driver'sTen Best list for both 2005 and 2006.[33][34]Automobile Magazine named it its Automobile of the Year.[35]

It also won the North American Car of the Year award.[36] It was voted Canadian Car of the Year by automobile journalists as the Best New Luxury Car.[37]

Receiving numerous other recognitions during its debut year, it was promoted as being one of the most awarded new cars ever.[38] The 300C was also included in the finalists for 2005 World Car of the Year, but final points total put it in fifth place equal to the BMW 1-series.[39]

Second generation (LD; 2011–present)[edit]

Motor vehicle

A significantly redesigned 300 was introduced in 2011 as a four-door sedan.

Exterior design[edit]

Chrysler 300S (US; pre-facelift)

Exterior changes included revised sheet metal, thinner roof pillars, a more raked windshield, bi-xenon HID projector headlights, LED daytime running strips within the headlights, new taillights with LEDs and a horizontally slotted front grille with an updated version of the Chrysler winged brand emblem. Options included a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.

Variants[edit]

The 2011 model was offered in Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD trim levels. Touring and Limited trims included the Pentastar V6, while the 300C line offered a standard 5.7 Hemi.[42]

A new 300C Executive Series luxury trim level was introduced alongside a new 300S trim at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The sport themed 300S featured black treatment for grille and headlamps, 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, 10-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system,[43] and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.[44] The Executive/Luxury Series was also sold in Europe, rebranded as the Lancia Thema from 2011 to 2014.

For the 2021 model year, the 300C and Limited trim levels were dropped, leaving the Touring, Touring L, and 300S, which included the previous year's Red S Appearance Package as standard.[45]

SRT[edit]

Chrysler 300 SRT-8 (Australia)

An SRT version was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, featuring the 6.4 L 392 Hemi V8 engine.

The 6.4 392 Hemi engine is also used in other Chrysler Group SRT vehicles such as the Dodge Charger and Challenger. With 470 hp (350 kW), the new 300 SRT can go from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in the low 4-second range.[46]

In addition to the increase in power, the SRT receives specific exterior trim including a lower front fascia, large exhaust tips, body color instead of chrome trim and large 20-inch (508 mm) aluminum wheels. The car also gets a lowered, sportier suspension setup and a large Brembo brake package.[47]

The 300 SRT (or SRT8) was discontinued for the 2015 model year in the United States, but is still sold in Australia and the Middle East. Some Australian police departments use the 300 SRT as a patrol/pursuit vehicle along with the BMW M5. Contrary to past statements by Chrysler, the 300 SRT is still sold in left and right-hand drive abroad.[48]

Special editions[edit]

  • Mopar '12, available as a 2012 model year vehicle. This Special Edition Chrysler 300 was designed by Mopar Performance to mark Mopar's 75th anniversary. Featuring a 3:91 gear ratio, sport-tuned suspension, and unique badging, only 500 Mopar Edition 300's were made.
  • 300S Glacier Edition, available in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle. Based on the Chrysler 300S, the Glacier Edition adds signature details not found on other Chrysler 300 models.
  • 300 Motown Edition model sales began in the spring of 2013. The Motown Edition is a tribute to the Motown genre of music. Additions to the Chrysler 300C features include special chrome wheels, a Beats by Dr. Dre ten-speaker sound system, "Motown Edition" badges on the front fenders, as well as 100 Motown songs preloaded on a USB drive.[49]Berry Gordy, Jr., the creator of the Motown genre, appears in a 2012 TV ad for the Chrysler 300 Motown Edition, promoting his musical, and saying "This is Motown. And this is what we do". The song playing in the commercial is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
  • John Varvatos Edition available in 2013 and 2014 in "Luxury" or "Limited" trim.[50] Each version featured unique exterior and interior colors and materials.
  • 300S Alloy Edition available starting in 2016. Features include dark bronze 20-inch wheels (19-inch on AWD) and 300S badge, titanium exhaust tips and wing badge, as well as gloss-black window, headlight, and taillight accents.
  • 300S Sport Appearance Package available starting in 2017. 300S equipped with the exterior sport appearance package includes 20-inch wheels, while AWD models feature 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Interior Sport Appearance Package adds perforated leather performance seats with suede bolsters and new interior accents and materials.
  • 300S Red S Appearance package available for the 2020 model year. The Red S Appearance package includes unique wheels, red inserts on badges, and an optional bright "Radar Red" interior.[51]

Powertrain[edit]

The predecessors' 2.7 and 3.5 L engines were replaced with Chrysler's new 3.6 LPentastar V6 engine producing 292 hp (218 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) of torque. The 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine remained available with 363 hp (271 kW). A 3.0 L VM Motori V6 turbodiesel is also available in Europe, and Australia.[52] Beginning with the 2012 model year, all V6 models were equipped with the 8-speed 845RE Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen.[53]

Chrysler
ModelEngineDisplacementPower at rpmTorque at rpmYears
Touring 3.6 V6Pentastar3,604 cc (219.9 cu in) 296 PS (218 kW; 292 hp) at 6,350 rpm 352 N⋅m (260 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm 2011–
Limited
300S[54]3.6 V6 Pentastar3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)304 PS (224 kW; 300 hp)358 N⋅m (264 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm2011–
300C and 300S (2012)5.7 V8 Hemi5,654 cc (345.0 cu in)368 PS (271 kW; 363 hp) at 5,150 rpm534 N⋅m (394 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm2011–
300 SRT-86.4L 392 Hemi V8 engine6,430 cc (392 cu in)477 PS (351 kW; 470 hp) at 6,000 rpm637 N⋅m (470 lb⋅ft) at 4,300 rpm2012–2014
Lancia (Chrysler UK)
Petrol 3.6 V6Pentastar3,604 cc (219.9 cu in) 286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp) at 6,350 rpm 340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft) at 4,650 rpm 2011–2014
Diesel 3.0 V6VM MotoriA6302,987 cc (182.3 cu in) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 4,000 rpm 440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–2,800 rpm 2011–2014
239 PS (176 kW; 236 hp) at 4,000 rpm 550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–2,800 rpm

Interior changes[edit]

Interior changes included a revised instrument panel with localized "soft-touch" materials, 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch, new steering wheel and center console, and standard leather seating on all trim levels. Both seat-mounted and curtain side airbags were standard.

2015 facelift[edit]

Chrysler 300 (US; facelift)
Chrysler 300 (US; facelift)

In late 2014 a facelift version of the 300 was introduced. Changes include:

Marketing[edit]

As part of the 2011 Chrysler 300 advertising campaign, three TV commercials were produced. "Homecoming" featured Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh driving through his rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, in his new 2011 Chrysler 300, retracing his humble beginnings. "Attitude" featured John Varvatos seeking inspiration at a record store in Brooklyn and record under his arm and into his Chrysler 300. "Good Things" featured Dr. Dre driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a Beats by Dre equipped 2012 Chrysler 300.[56]

The "See It Through"' TV commercial featured the Chrysler 300 and notable Detroit locals, including former Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh and a poem written in 1917 by Edgar Guest titled "See It Through".[57]

300S Turbine[edit]

Chrysler 300S Turbine

  • The 300S Turbine at its presentation in Detroit in 2013

  • Chrysler 300S Turbine (8404025800).jpg

At the Detroit Motor Show in 2013, Chrysler presented a 300S paying homage to the 1964 Chrysler Turbine. It was finished in two-tone bronze and black, an over-chrome grille and 22-inch wheel design reminiscent of the turbine motif.[58]

Safety[edit]

The Lancia Thema in Italy

The Lancia version was safety tested by Euro NCAP in autumn 2011 with the following results:

Concept cars[edit]

  • In 2000, Chrysler introduced the 300 Hemi C,[60] a 2+2convertible powered by the new 5.7 L Hemi engine with 353 hp (263 kW) and 353 lb⋅ft (479 N⋅m) of torque. It had rear wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. It was capable of 0–60 mph in under 6 seconds.
  • In 1991, Chrysler introduced a Monteverdi High Speed inspired concept 300,[61] employing the Dodge Viper engine. It was inspired by a 1970s Swiss-built sedan powered by Chrysler.

Sales[edit]

Calendar year United States Canada Europe Mexico Australia Europe as Lancia Thema
2004[62]112,930 10,048 2,460[63]
2005[62]144,068 14,654 5,520 1,001[64]363
2006[65]143,647 13,316 14,186 1,024 1,864
2007[65]120,636 10,021 13,463 660 1,645
2008[66]62,352 7,443 7,244 412 1,087
2009[67]38,606 5,234 3,428 200 822 3,428[68]
2010[69]37,116 4,180 3,507 218 874 3,507
2011[70]36,285 3,045 504 308 360[71]1,203
2012 70,747[72]5,760 292 293 1,206 2,021
2013 57,724[73]5,375 221 157 2,508 2,457
2014 53,382[74]4,117 88 116 1,580 480
2015 53,109[75]4,443 10 139 880 38
2016 53,241[76]3,662 6 87 460 25
2017 51,237[77]4,332 8 77 257 8
2018 46,593[78]3,512[79]6 39 250 6
2019 29,213[80]1,949[81]5 292
2020 16,653[82]447[81]5 218
Subtotal 1,127,539 101,438 50,943 4,471 7,555 13,173
Total 1,305,119

Notes[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_300

In 2005, the Chrysler 300 put Chrysler cars back on the map. With brazen, bargain-Bentley styling, full-size dimensions, rear-wheel drive, and a choice of V-6 and Hemi V-8 powertrains, the 300 was the real, big, ’Murican deal. But by Chrysler’s own admission, the second-generation 300 lost some of its mojo when it appeared for 2011, even while it added a radically improved interior as well as Chrysler’s 292-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and—eventually—an eight-speed automatic. A new S model was created, too, but despite its urban-themed styling and “touring” suspension, it merely whelmed us, finishing fourth in a recent six-way comparison test behind the (pre-facelift) Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Impala, and the Toyota Avalon.

The 2015 300 regains some of that lost presence with its revised fascia, larger grille (now with a mesh insert and a floating badge), and new taillamps. The 300 certainly isn’t as extensively redesigned as its Dodge Charger platform-mate, which was almost completely reworked inside and out for 2015—but the 300 certainly looks no worse for its updates.

The interior alterations are subtle, but unlike the base Charger, which can feel pretty rental-grade, the base 300 Limited feels as dressy as its upscale exterior suggests, with standard equipment such as soft leather trim, a classy new instrument cluster with an easy-to-use driver information display, and Chrysler’s praiseworthy 8.4-inch touch-screen Uconnect system. The seats are firm and comfortable, and high-contrast color schemes add a bit of drama that is decidedly lacking in most of the segment’s other choices. From the Limited, the next rung up is the sporty 300S. Then comes the more luxurious 300C, and a new-for-2015, fully loaded Platinum model sits at the top of the range with a cabin that’s as striking as it is cozy, trimmed in quilted leather and open-pore wood.

Our first chance to drive the V-6–powered 300 (the V-8 is covered here) took place at a media- launch event in Austin, Texas, where we were able to sample an all-wheel-drive 300 Limited and a rear-wheel-drive 300S, the latter getting a 300-hp version of the 3.6-liter V-6 (versus 292 horses in the other models). In both cases, the Pentastar takes some cajoling to get the big sedan’s two tons moving with any alacrity (AWD adds another 206 pounds, per Chrysler). At least the eight-speed automatic acts decisively, and both models proved heroically quiet on Texas Hill Country roads.

Regardless of trim level, every all-wheel-drive 300 (as well as the 300C models) gets the same Touring suspension as last year’s 300S along with 19-inch wheels and all-season tires, all of which conspire to float the car nicely over bumps and undulations but don’t exactly foster much communication between the driver and the road surface. It’s a different story with the new 300S, thanks to its newly fitted Sport suspension that boasts springs that are 42 percent stiffer up front and 23 percent stiffer in back, unique shock tuning, a larger front stabilizer bar, stiffer suspension linkages, and unique electric power-steering calibration. Steering effort and feel can be dialed up by pressing the Sport button on the dash, an action that also puts the engine and transmission into a more excited state.

Thus equipped, the 300S is much livelier on backcountry roads and boasts far better body control than before, which may go some way toward raising its standing within its class. That said, we wouldn’t advise trying to chase down any hotshoes in a Cadillac CTS or an Audi A6. It’s not that kind of car.

Prices for the V-6–powered 2015 Chrysler 300 start at $32,390 for the Limited and rise to $43,390 for the luxe 300C Platinum; all-wheel drive adds $2500. Note that, as of 2015, all-wheel drive can be had only with the V-6.

At the end of our day behind the wheel, there was little that stood out as particularly awesome about the new 300, but there also wasn’t anything that would prompt us to dissuade anyone from signing on the dotted line, especially if they were considering the snappier 300S. In other words, the V-6 model is sufficiently sufficient.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

BASE PRICE: 300 Limited, $32,390; 300S, $35,890; 300C, $38,890; 300C Platinum, $43,390

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 220 cu in, 3604 cc
Power: 292 or 300 hp @ 6350 rpm
Torque: 260 or 264 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length: 198.6 in
Width: 75.0 in Height: 58.4-59.2 in
Passenger/cargo volume: 106.3/16.3 cu ft
Curb weight: 4050-4250 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3-6.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 15.8-16.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9-15.0 sec
Top speed: 120 mph

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway: 18-19/27-31 mpg


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