The full-size sedan segment has gotten a bit more interesting lately with new players like the fantastic new Hyundai Genesis, stylish Chevrolet Impala, and the handsome new Toyota Avalon. Add the Chrysler 300 to that list—it’s being updated for 2015.
The first thing you’ll notice about the refreshed 300 is this updated front end. Chrysler says it’s another example of the bold new “face of Chrysler,” like the one found on the mid-size 200. Little changes down the side of the 300--those bold shoulder lines are intact, and so are the big wheel arches and high beltline. At the rear, the 300 is finished with some new sculpting, LED taillights, and polished exhaust tips.
Inside things have gotten even more swank with some really high-quality materials on some models from quilted Nappa leather and hand-sanded wood to a leather-wrapped instrument panel and console. There’s now a standard 7-inch full-color display in the gauge cluster and a rotary gear selector along with a three-spoke steering wheel. Of course, there’s also the 8.4-inch touchscreen with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment systems, a system that’s among the best in the business right now.
Under the hood of the 300 you’ll find either a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at up to 300 horsepower, or a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 rated at 363 horsepower. The former SRT model? It’s been put to pasture this year. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission—unless you opt for the available all-wheel-drive system offered on six-cylinder models. A new Sport mode tweaks the 300’s electric power steering, throttle tuning and transmission shifts for quicker response.
To keep up with safety technology, the 300 gets new options like a forward-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assistance.
The 300 will be available in four trim levels: the 300 Limited, 300S, 300C, and 300C Platinum. Pricing begins from just over $31,000 and production begins in the fourth quarter of 2014.
We’ll be driving the 2015 Chrysler 300 soon, so be sure to check back on The Car Connection for our full review.