Meet the New Chrysler 300: Bolder, Safer and More Refined
Chrysler’s full-size sedan gets a refresh for 2015 that includes new front and rear fascias, new exterior colors, seven new wheel designs, interior revisions and several significant new safety features. Andy Love, who heads car product marketing for the Chrysler brand, said: "We just needed to bring back a little more mojo to the exterior design and bring a little more boldness, something similar to what we had in 2005. That is really what we heard from a lot of the customers."
On the outside, shoppers will instantly be able to recognize the 2015 300 thanks to a large open-mouth grille with floating Chrysler “wing” emblem. Also, there’s a new chin spoiler with integrated LED fog lamps and wheel-arch-mounted turn signals. Out back, the 2015 300 gets new LED tail lights and a revised bumper.
Inside, the 2015 300 gets updated styling with the integration of Chrysler’s uConnect’s 8.4-inch touch-screen display and gear-shift dial. Also, driver’s face a full-color instrument display flanked by twin conventional dials.
Most importantly, the new 2015 300 gets a host of new safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and a forward-crash-mitigation system that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in traffic. These features are available as part of a Safety Tech 2 package.
The model lineup sees some changes as well. Gone is the SRT. Returning are the Limited, 300S and 300C. New for 2015 is the 300C Platinum. The $31,395 Limited includes leather-trim seats, heated-front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and push-button starting. The $34,895 Sport adds sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and 552-watt Beats audio system. The 300C, which this year comes in two flavors, rounds out the lineup. The “standard” 300C includes heated rear seats, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated and power tilt-telescope steering wheel, power rear sunshade and wood-and-leather interior trim. The 300C Platinum tips the scales at $42,395 and includes luxury leather with perforated insert seats, premium leather interior trim, Berber floor mats and power-adjustable pedals.
The Limited comes only with a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 292 horsepower. That engine is standard on the 300S and 300C. Option on those models is a 5.7-liter V8 that’s good for 363 horsepower. All come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission. V6 models and are available with either rear- or all-wheel drive; V8s come only with rear-wheel drive.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 is available now at Chrysler dealerships across Chicagoland. You can search for one now on DriveChicago.com by clicking here.
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