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Chrysler is aiming for a 30-mpg highway rating with the new transmission, which is a ZF design (the best the Pentastar manages with the old five-speed is 27 mpg).
Car and Driver
...the new 300 earns EPA ratings of 18 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway, which trails the BMW 535i at 19/28 and 528i at 22/32.
While Chrysler's pegged fuel economy in the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan, the numbers are still estimates--the EPA hasn't signed off on final ratings.
Chrysler says the V-6 300 will get ratings of 18/27 mpg, while the 300C and its HEMI V-8 will earn highway numbers of about 25 mpg. Cylinder deactivation on the V-8 helps it cut fuel use at some speeds by up to 20 percent over a standard V-8.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne surprised analysts recently, when he said the Chrysler 300 lineup would add a hybrid model by 2013. No details have been confirmed, but the vehicle won't be a version of the old "two-mode" hybrid system that Chrysler had engineered in the past along with GM, BMW and Daimler.Chrysler has confirmed, meanwhile, that an eight-speed automatic will be introduced in the 300 lineup by the end of 2011. The ZF-built transmission will have a standard-style gear selector--not a joystick-style piece like the same transmission uses in big BMW sedans.
Fuel economy's improved in the 2011 Chrysler 300, but you'll have to wait a couple of years for a hybrid option.