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Chrysler killed the 300 SRT in the U.S., but Australians can buy an upgraded version of it

August 26, 2015

It’s not every day you read “Chrysler” and “forbidden fruit” in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what we have here. Although the hot-rodded Chrysler 300 SRT was recently axed from our market, an updated model still lives on — and thrives — in Australia.

Like the defunct U.S.-spec model, the 300 SRT sold Down Under is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that makes 470 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. However, the Australian-spec model benefits from a new eight-speed automatic transmission that is expected to boost performance and bump gas mileage. For the sake of comparison, the 300 SRT sold here was equipped with an old-fashioned five-speed automatic.

Careful observers will notice the Australian SRT has been given a minor facelift. The updates include new-look headlights, a bigger grille with mesh inserts and a SRT emblem, as well as a new lower bumper accented by two rows of LED daytime running lights and a splitter. The rear end also gets small tweaks, including a revised lower bumper, racetrack-style tail lamps, and a bigger spoiler. Interesting, there are no Chrysler emblems anywhere on the car.

Inside, Motoring reports that Australian buyers get what American enthusiasts have for years longed for years — better materials, including more soft-touch surfaces, and an improved build quality. The list of changes also includes a rotary-style shift knob similar to the one found in other FCA products, re-arranged HVAC controls, as well as a market-specific instrument cluster with a large configurable TFT screen. Clearly, Chrysler is trying to bump the 300 SRT up a notch in the market.

The Chrysler 300 SRT will go on sale across Australia in the coming weeks. When it lands, it will square off against other full-size rear-wheel drive muscle cars such as Holden’s HSV GTS, a sedan that lends the bulk of its mechanical components to the Chevrolet SS.
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2016 Chrysler 300

2016 Chrysler 300 Anniversary Edition





2016 Chrysler 300, 200 and Town & Country (front to back)
 

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2016 Chrysler 300 Overview



2016 Chrysler 300 Overview

Published on Sep 18, 2015

The Chrysler 300 is a four-door sedan with a strong retro flair. Big and bold, with rear-wheel drive and an available V-8, it’s quintessentially American despite its international roots.
 

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2016 Chrysler 300S AWD Review

2016 Chrysler 300S AWD Review

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The Chrysler 300 sedan is a stylish, rear-wheel-drive, full-size retort to mundane four-door offerings like Honda’s Accord or the Toyota Camry. Since this historical nameplate was reintroduced back in 2005, it’s brought more passion to the segment than most of its competitors put together.

And to ensure that it keeps charming customers, the folks in Auburn Hills have evolved the 300, refining its styling, adding new features and, in short, making it better than ever for the 2016 model year.

The car’s updated styling is as bold and brash as ever, but perhaps with a touch more sophistication than model years past. Its grille still dominates the front end, taking up at least a third of the 300’s face. This a styling element people will likely either love or loathe.

And I fall into the former category, because I think it looks particularly handsome. The 300S I evaluated had a black-mesh grille, dressed up with a black trim ring. On S models, the pieces surrounding the daylight opening are also black, something that gives the car an unexpectedly sporty look for a large sedan.

Furthering its aggressive appearance is a liberal slathering of Redline 3-Coat Pearl exterior paint, which looks as hot as an ingot of steel rolling out of a blast furnace; so do the Hyper Black-finished aluminum rims. Rear-drive models roll on 20-inch wheels while variants with all-wheel drive make do with 19s. For drivers who want a truly sporty feel, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires are available.
Power and Performance

Smartly, Chrysler offers several powertrains in the 2016 300. Kicking things off, the base propulsion unit is the company’s award-winning Pentastar V6, though it’s anything but entry-level.


Thanks to special tweaks, output of this bent-six has been enhanced slightly. In the 300S, it puts out 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of twist. Helping it breath more easily, these sport-tuned models feature a special, freer-flowing exhaust system, though you’d never really know it. The car is still too quiet to please true enthusiasts.

Like any proper, rear-wheel-drive American sedan, the 300 is also offered with a V8 engine. As in years past, it displaces a burly 5.7-liters and appropriately also delivers a suitably throaty rumble when provoked. Output measures 363 horses along with 394 lb-ft of twist.

Singing backup for both of these lead vocalists is an eight-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox shifts well and makes the most of each engine’s output while simultaneously minimizing fuel consumption.

Speaking of efficiency, the all-wheel-drive 300S I evaluated was equipped with the Pentastar V6. Accordingly, it stickered at 18 miles per gallon around town and 27 on interstate jaunts. Combined, it should average 21 mpg.

However, if you don’t need the extra grip afforded by all-wheel drive, you can expect a serious boost in fuel efficiency. Six-cylinder 300s return up to 31 mpg on the highway. If you’re curious, rear-drive models with the optional Hemi sticker at 19 mpg combined.
Amenities Galore

Given its premium positioning and up-level features, it should be no surprise that the 2016 300S comes with a wealth of amenities, many of which could have been pilfered from luxury rivals.

Drivers are treated to standard bi-halogen projector headlamps, a cap-less fuel filler and LED fog lights. Beyond this, there’s automatic dual-zone climate control with a built-in cabin air filter, keyless entry, remote start and a pair of USB ports to keep your mobile devices topped up.

Upping the luxury ante, customers can also opt for things like adaptive headlamps, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a dual-pane sunroof. This is all included in the 300 Premium Group package.

But if you want the latest driver-assistance technology, the SafetyTec Group should be on your list. This adds things like full-speed collision warning, adaptive cruise control with full stop capability, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and much more.

Uconnect is NEWconnect

Uconnect gains a host of valuable enhancements for the new model year. Drivers can drag and drop icons for their favorite features, and keep them right in the menu bar for quick access.

iPhone users can tap into the power of Apple’s Siri digital assistant. Using natural language commands, they can send text messages, play music, make phone calls and even get turn-by-turn directions safely while driving.

Chrysler’s Uconnect system also offers a do-not-disturb setting for 2016. Motorists who wish to be left alone can enable this feature, which sends phone calls to voice mail and can suppress text messages.

Finally, engineers have made the 300’s owner’s manual available right in the center of its dashboard. This also includes quick reference guides to help with frequently asked questions. Additionally, this feature can be updated over the air so it’s always current. Try that with a paper owner’s manual!
Interior Assessment

As in years past, the updated Chrysler 300 has a high quality interior; it’s well thought out and constructed of materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury car. Its controls, notably the Uconnect system, work without fuss and are a snap to decipher.

The blue-tinted instrument cluster looks classy and is easy to read at a glance. Additionally, it’s augmented with a large, customizable digital display making it even more information dense.

Outward visibility is more than livable and the back bench has plenty of space for even lanky adult passengers.

However, seating is one of my biggest gripes with the Chrysler 300. Front or rear, the accommodations are far from ideal. Overly soft and squishy, the seats’ padding brings to mind sitting in a dish of polenta, minus gritty bits of corn mingling with your nether regions. These seats need a good bit more starch to be long-haul comfortable.
The Drive

Putting it all in motion, the 2016 Chrysler 300S is seriously quick, even with “just” a V6 engine. That Pentastar is a real performer, delivering ample amounts of thrust. Refinement is another benefit; it’s also one of the smoothest running V6s on the market today.

The car’s all-wheel-drive system seems to help with dry-weather grip, though it’s likely much handier in inclement conditions, which will soon blanket much of North America.

Running through its ratio stack, the transmission works well enough and its rotary shifter is an improvement over the awkward electronically controlled lever of years past, though its placement on the center console looks like a complete afterthought.

Overall, the 300S drivers like a big car that’s trying really hard to be small. Through corners, its body rolls a bit, but not as much as you might expect. It’s quick on its feet and reasonably nimble. The focus here is definitely luxury over sport, but for the most part this machine is enjoyable to pilot.
The Verdict: 2016 Chrysler 300S AWD

The 2016 Chrysler 300S is a large sedan with a spacious passenger compartment, roomy trunk and luxurious interior. It drives well and is quite efficient, especially if you get one with a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. But is it better than rival sedans like the Camry or Accord? That’s a tough question to answer.

The 300s is certainly more interesting than these models, with a bigger body and more tasteful styling both inside and out.

The 300S evaluated here cost around $42,000 out the door as it was loaded up with many of the high-end options Chrysler offers. If value is important an entry-level version of the car can be had for less than 33 big ones.

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Press Kit: 2016 Chrysler 300

Press Kit: 2016 Chrysler 300
2016 Chrysler 300: America’s Big And Bold Sedan Proudly Delivers World-class Levels of Sophistication, Craftsmanship and Technology
2016 Chrysler 300 highlights more than six decades of ambitious American ingenuity through iconic design proportions inspired by historic 1955 and 2005 models – world-class quality, materials and refinement, best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy, plus segment-exclusive innovations

New 2016 Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition delivers even more value to the 300 Limited model with standard Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, plus dual-pane sunroof and unique commemorative appointments
For a 360 degree perspective, the new SafetyTec Plus Group includes Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and more
New performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires now available on Chrysler 300S
Improved on-road handling with touring-tuned suspension now standard on 2016 Chrysler 300 Limited
For 2016, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat will be available on Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Platinum models
New for 2016, Uconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free and Do Not Disturb features that can be viewed via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Chrysler 300 Limited is the most appointed entry-level Chrysler 300 ever with its TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, heated leather seating, Uconnect with voice commands and the segment's largest 8.4-inch touchscreen, ParkView rear backup camera, SiriusXM Radio, full-color driver information display (DID) cluster, five-year/100,000 mile warranty coverage with roadside assistance and more
For a youthful and athletic appearance, the Chrysler 300S features unique blacked-out accents, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, sculpted side sills, unique deck-lid spoiler and a higher output Pentastar V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus Sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities, now as quick as 250 milliseconds
As the pinnacle of the Chrysler lineup, the 300C Platinum features quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, platinum-chrome exterior details, 900-watt 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps and 20-in. wheels – all at an attainable value
Class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on every model, balancing V-8 performance with segment-leading 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel efficiency
Best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy with 3.6-liter Pentastar engine
Best-in-class V-6 and V-8 driving range
Unsurpassed V-6 combined fuel economy
Uconnect features available include the award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, 3-D navigation on the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen and the ability to turn the Chrysler 300 into a Wi-Fi hotspot

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Celebrating 90 years of American ingenuity, the 2016 Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand’s promise of style, sophistication, world-class quality and technology – all at an attainable value. Through iconic design proportions with inspired materials; class-exclusive innovations, including a state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivering a best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy standard on every model; plus the availability of the segment’s most advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system and award-winning Uconnect systems and services, the Chrysler 300 is proud to be America’s big and bold sedan.

New for 2016: Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition
With roots that date back to 1925, the Chrysler brand is proud to celebrate its anniversary with the Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition. And like the founding father’s mission to deliver style, sophistication, quality and engineering excellence – all at an attainable value – the Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition builds on the 300 Limited model’s long list of standard features. This limited-edition sedan adds the innovative Uconnect 8.4AN with the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 3-D GPS navigation, AM/FM/HD radio, SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, Uconnect Access, plus SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link. The package also includes the segment’s largest dual-pane sunroof and HomeLink universal transceiver. And to make sure this Chrysler 300 is unique, commemorative 90th Anniversary Edition appointments include a startup splash screen logo and premium floor mats with an embroidered logo.

Bold American design that has broken the segment model for more than six decades
Confident looks, expressive materials and world-class execution make the 2016 Chrysler 300 stand apart from the competition.

At the front, a sculptured surface fascia proudly accommodates Chrysler 300’s prominent grille with unique dimensional texture and chrome grille surround. The grille contains the Chrysler wing badge, which appears to float within the dramatic grille texture and highlights the new “face of Chrysler.” Nestled below the upper grille is an elegantly drawn chrome Mobius strip, which outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounding optional LED fog lamps. This detail reinforces the Chrysler brand’s design direction and provides the Chrysler 300 with even more visual presence. Bi-functional projector beam headlamps are available with adaptive forward lighting (AFL) to better illuminate road curves ahead, while integrated LED-illuminated daytime running lamps (DRL) form a “C” shape for unmistakable brand identity.

From the side, unmistakably strong, yet subtly executed shoulder lines pay homage to the Chrysler 300 series design heritage and define the correlation between front and rear wheel arches. A high beltline stays true to the Chrysler 300 sedan’s signature proportion, while its elegantly tailored chrome side window surrounds and available chrome mirrors hint at the luxurious interior within. Seven wheel designs, ranging from 17 inches to 20 inches, provide Chrysler 300 with a road-holding look.

Chrysler 300 sedan’s powerful rear stance includes a sculpted LED tail lamp with an illuminated signature halo. Like the front, the rear fascia features a fluid surface and a tailored chrome fascia trim accent. A lower valance in black provides the sedan with visual width and lightens the appearance. Last, a pair of elegantly drawn, polished exhaust tips are placed in the corners to give the Chrysler 300 an upscale athletic appearance. These key design elements provide a visual Chrysler brand tie, while keeping each models’ unique personality.

Ward’s 10-Best Interior Winner: Decidedly American style with world-class materials, craftsmanship and technology
Inside the 2016 Chrysler 300 passengers will be immersed in a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality and innovative material choices inspired by American cities, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features. When designing the Chrysler 300, the team incorporated unique design elements and utilized authentic materials to create an interior identity that is comfortable yet beautiful – and one that could only be born in Detroit.

La Jolla, California – Indigo / Linen

As the pinnacle of the Chrysler brand's lineup, the 300C Platinum offers exclusive two-tone Indigo/Linen interior inspired by La Jolla’s ocean views lined by sandy expanses and unexpected coves. This sedan's interior environment features segment-exclusive use of quilted and perforated Nappa leather on front and rear seats. Highlighting this sedan's world-class level of craftsmanship and comfort are premium Nappa leather door panels with exclusive quilted inserts. A two-tone Indigo/Linen leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched together and includes die-cast paddle shifters and a unique chrome accent ring to highlight the segment-exclusive 360-degree heated rim. Completing the interior environment is specially selected and hand-sanded natural pore wood stained in a matte-Mocha finish for greater beauty.
Once limited to exotic sedans priced tens of thousands more, the Leather Interior Package upgrades the 300C Platinum model’s interior further with ultra high-end Foligno leather from Italian leather expert, Poltrona Frau, wrapping the instrument panel and sides of the center console and finished with French accent stitching.
Model: Chrysler 300C Platinum


Manhattan, New York – Black

The high fashion and rock-'n'-roll edge of Fifth Avenue in New York City was the inspiration for the Black leather interiors available in every Chrysler 300 model. Bright Chrome and Satin Chrome accents highlight the Black leather environment. Model specific use of hydrographic and stitching accents include Charcoal Metallic and black stitching (300 Limited) and Matte Carbon and Silver stitching (300S), while real Black Olive Ash Burl wood with bronze stitching is standard on 300C models. For a bespoke look, specially selected and hand-sanded natural pore wood is stained in a matte-Mocha finish and paired with Black accent stitching.
Models: Chrysler 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum


Detroit, Michigan – Black / Ambassador Blue

The tenacious, “never-say-die” spirit of Detroit was the inspiration for the 300S model's exclusive Black with Ambassador Blue Nappa leather interior with industrious Silver accent stitching. For added detail, the center console armrest and door armrests are color matched to this model’s unique sport seats and feature French seamed stitching in silver. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Matte Carbon hydrographic accents and die-cast paddle shifters are also included.
Model: Chrysler 300S


Sausalito, California – Black / Linen

A city that projects "oneness" with its environment – Sausalito, California was the muse for the two-tone Linen and Black interior. Inside a peaceful Zen is represented by these color choices. Bright Chrome and Satin Chrome accents highlight the environment while Charcoal Metallic hydrographic accents with black stitching and Black Olive Ash Burl wood with bronze stitching accents provide 300 Limited and 300C models with a high level of craftsmanship.
Models: Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C


Interior design elements for the Chrysler 300 include a standard 7-inch full-color driver information display (DID) cluster and class-exclusive electronic rotary transmission shifter, plus Chrysler brand’s signature three-spoke steering wheel with larger vehicle controls and available die-cast paddle shifters. In addition, the latest Uconnect systems have been added with the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

Class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission balances V-8 performance with segment-leading 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency
Once limited to sedans costing twice as much, the Chrysler 300 offers the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission standard on every model.

Chrysler 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum models with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine are paired to the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. By design, this gearbox provides world-class shift quality, refinement, fuel efficiency and Sport mode. Paired with this legendary engine, these Chrysler 300 models deliver 363 horsepower, 394 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in less than 6 seconds and class-leading performance with respect to:

Best-in-class V-8 driving range (EPA estimated 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway)
Best-in-class V-8 horsepower (363 horsepower)
Best-in-class V-8 torque (394 ft.-lb.)


Chrysler 300 rear-wheel drive (RWD) or AWD models with the 292 horsepower (300 horsepower on 300S model) 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine are also paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission standard, offering class-leading fuel efficiency with respect to:

Best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy (31 mpg)
Best-in-class V-6 driving range (EPA estimated 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway)
Unsurpassed in class V-6 combined fuel economy (23 mpg)


Chrysler 300S: more performance, athletically styled
In the lineup, the Chrysler 300S model is more dynamically capable, athletically styled and driver focused than ever.

Sport mode instantly transforms the Chrysler 300S model’s performance and personality. By engaging S port mode, drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, plus firm up the steering feel of the electric power steering (EPS) system. For even greater V-6 performance, the Chrysler 300S model increases the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine’s output to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus adds a unique sport-tuned dual exhaust system with a more distinctive sound.

To make sure the added power and precision connects the driver to the road, the Chrysler 300S model’s chassis features a sport-tuned suspension with increased damping. For drivers who want more handling capability, a new performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires is now available on rear-wheel drive 2016 Chrysler 300S models.

Outside, the Chrysler 300S trades chrome exterior accents for unique blacked-out and body-color design details, and Hyper Black finished 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch with AWD). And for drivers who want even more performance and attitude, the Chrysler 300S can be had with a 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, eight-speed paddle-shifting transmission with Sport mode, and uniquely sculpted side sills and deck lid spoiler.

Most technologically advanced vehicle in its class thanks to an array of easy-to-use,
state-of-the-art advanced technology features
From its updated award-winning Uconnect Access system and the availability of Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, the ability to turn the vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot, 3-D navigation and segment-exclusive premium BeatsAudio and Harman Kardon audio systems, the Chrysler 300 delivers a slew of high-tech features for a luxurious driving experience at a high value.

The Chrysler 300 sedan’s acclaimed Uconnect Access system leverages advanced embedded cellular technology, which enables direct, one-touch connections with emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists.

With its available mobile phone app, Chrysler 300 owners can start their vehicle, and lock or unlock doors, while away from the vehicle. Chrysler 300 owners also can access on-demand Wi-Fi, making their car a moving hotspot.

Uconnect Via Mobile lets customers enjoy their personal Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. It seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Chrysler 300, including Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker. Like all Uconnect-brand features, it is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use.

The available navigation system accommodates one-step voice-controlled destination entry and enhanced 3-D navigation map graphics, making it simple for drivers to recognize where they are and where they need to go.

The Chrysler 300 also offers two premium audio systems designed to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience, including the segment-exclusive high-definition BeatsAudio system and premium Harman Kardon audio system with 18-speakers, 8-inch subwoofer and 900-watt amplifier.

Chrysler 300 offers more than 80 safety and security features; leverages state-of-the-art driver-assist features
In addition to building on its “Top Safety Pick” credentials from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chrysler 300 offers more than 80 safety and security features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus, which provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent.

Adaptive Cruise Control – Plus with Full Stop helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Chrysler 300 to full stop without driver intervention. Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist introduces subtle steering-wheel input to alert the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action.

Linking Chrysler 300 occupants directly with emergency-service providers, 9-1-1 call/Assist Call connects via built-in data connection with a push of a button, a feature exclusive to FCA Uconnect Access service.

The vehicle’s standard Keyless Enter ’n Go activates interior lighting and enables passive cabin entry and trunk access through the driver’s personalized key fob. The Chrysler 300 also includes a standard ultrasonic security system with an anti-tilt feature, which sounds an alarm if the vehicle is towed or raised on a jack.

Enthusiast-inspired rear-wheel-drive architecture with advanced technological solutions
The chassis of the 2016 Chrysler 300 is designed, engineered and fine-tuned to deliver world-class performance and efficiencies, thanks to its advanced technological solutions, which include:

Electric power steering (EPS)
Standard EPS system provides added efficiency, added driving ease in low-speed situations and when parking, and tuned for added responsiveness during spirited driving
Lightweight axles for RWD and AWD
Cast-aluminum axles and axle housing provide weight savings and help to reduce parasitic friction
Sport mode (included on 300S, 300C with V-8 and 300C Platinum models)
Enthusiast-desired Sport mode instantly transforms the sedan’s performance
and personality by:
“S” gear selector enables sport engine and transmission calibration,
more responsive accelerator pedal calibration and permanent
paddle-shift mode
“Sport” button enables sport-tuned steering calibration and temporary paddle-shift mode, in addition to sport engine and transmission calibration, and increased responsiveness of the accelerator pedal calibration. Chrysler 300S AWD and 300C Platinum AWD models benefit even more as Sport mode turns AWD “on” (if off) and enables rear-biased torque for improved dynamics
Both “S” gear and “Sport” button provide blistering-quick gear changes, reducing shift times by 37 percent (250 milliseconds versus 400 milliseconds) and can hold the desired gear without unexpected shifts, including at the redline
 

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2016 Chrysler 300 SRT






2016 Chrysler 300 SRT (8spd) 0-100km/h, 1/4 mile & engine sound

Published on Dec 7, 2015

Australian Market Only (not USA)

2016 Chrysler 300 SRT 0-100km/h, quarter-mile & engine sound. Head over to http://performancedrive.com.au/2016-c... for the full review.

2016 Chrysler 300 SRT Core
6.4-litre HEMI V8
350kW and 637Nm
Eight-speed auto, rear-wheel drive with LSD
0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds (as tested)
1/4 mile/0-400m in 12.9 seconds (as tested)

Chrysler has given the characterful 300 SRT and healthy refresh, with more power, more refinement, and more equipment. Is it still one of the best barnstormer bargains of the decade?
 

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Chrysler 300 | Portraits of Proud | Independence



Chrysler 300 | Portraits of Proud | Independence

Published on Dec 21, 2015

Independence is essential for entrepreneurs getting into the game. These self-starters discuss putting their noses to the grindstone and the defining moment that ignited their passion in this episode of the Chrysler Portraits of Proud series.
 

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Chrysler 300 | Portraits of Proud | Lessons Learned



Chrysler 300 | Portraits of Proud | Lessons Learned

Published on Dec 21, 2015

When it comes to problem solving, every decision defines the future. Our entrepreneurs discuss the idea of “failing forward” and taking obstacles as inspiration in this episode of the Chrysler Portraits of Proud series.
 

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Chrysler | That's the Sound | BØRNS Electric Love



Chrysler | That's the Sound | BØRNS Electric Love

Published on Jan 8, 2016

When you combine the features and performance of the full lineup of Chrysler brand vehicles with BØRNS performing Electric Love, you get a well-executed automotive symphony.
 

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Chrysler | Amazing Performances | BØRNS Electric Love



Chrysler | Amazing Performances | BØRNS Electric Love

Published on Jan 10, 2016

Chrysler congratulates all of tonight's nominees. In this video, we would like to offer up a few nominations for some amazing performances of our own. We have categories for Best in Engineering as an Art Form, Best in Peace of Mind, and Best in Enormous Trophy Cases. And, best of all, our acceptance speeches are mercifully short.
 

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Chrysler 300 prices increased by $6000

Chrysler 300 prices increased by $6000

02/08/2015





Fiat Chrysler Australia has increased the recommended retail price of its Chrysler 300 and 300 SRT range by $6000 across the board.

The pricing adjustments take the entry price of the 300C to $55,000 plus on-road costs, and the 300C Luxury to $60,000. Meanwhile the SRT8 Core climbs to $65,000, and the flagship SRT climbs to $75,000.


As you might recall, Chrysler launched its heavily updated and improved 300 range in the middle of 2015 and the SRT line-up shortly after, with price increases over the pre-facelift car of between $2500 and $3000.

The price increases are a direct result of exchange rates. The Australian dollar is weak at the moment. For example, one Australian dollar currently buying only 71 US cents. It’s been hovering thereabouts for some time now, but RRPs based on something closer to parity can only withstand that sort of currency pressure for so long.

Chrysler 300 sales fell 44.3 per cent last year to 880 units, though it owned 40 per cent of its VFACTS segment, shared with the Holden Caprice (but, oddly, not the Commodore, Ford Falcon or Hyundai Genesis). In January, it managed 55 sales, up 48.6 per cent and enough for segment leadership.

The Chrysler 300 remains a common choice among mid-end chauffeur car services — airport valets and Uber Black drivers, for example — alongside the Caprice, Genesis and Lexus ES.

Meanwhile, the 300 SRT is a fairly special car, given the updated 6.4-litre Hemi V8-powered rear-drive muscle car was developed largely with Australia in mind, since US sales stopped in favour of the Dodge Charger Hellcat.

Chrysler is an interesting proposition in Australia. The Voyager is now discontinued and its much-hyper Pacifica replacement will be left-hand-drive-only, along with all other Chrysler product. As we recently reported, the Chrysler 200 will be axed globally.

Chrysler management recently told us in Detroit that the 300 would continue in RHD for the foreseeable future, however.

Currency appears to be hurting FCA across several vehicles. The Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade both came under some criticism for their pricing when they launched late last year. It cut $2500 from the price of the Renegade just two months after its launch, and offered existing buyers a cash-back deal.

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New 2017 Chrysler 300S

Bolder and More Athletic Inside and Out: New 2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Packages

New Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages provide even more athletic attitude to the blacked-out 2017 Chrysler 300S model

Exterior Sport Appearance Package is standard on 300S V-8 model, available on 300S V-6 models, and includes a more aggressive front fascia, unique LED fog lamps, plus sculpted side sills and deck-lid spoiler

New for 2017, the Interior Sport Appearance Package adds premium perforated leather performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede, along with new discretely appointed interior accents and materials

New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a “straight shade” hue for a truly avant-garde look

Ordering for the 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Sport Appearance Packages will start in August

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For 2017, the Chrysler brand is updating its bold and blacked-out Chrysler 300S model with even more athletic and aggressive styling appointments thanks to new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages, plus updated color and materials to make this flagship 300 model the most enthusiast-focused ever.

“The new 2017 Chrysler 300S re-excites the passion of what owning an American flagship sedan is about,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “And now for our Chrysler enthusiasts, two all-new sport appearance packages that take the 300S model’s athletic styling and appointments to the next level.”

The 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages will debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and be available at Chrysler dealerships nationwide for ordering this August.

New Exterior Sport Appearance Package provides Chrysler 300S with even bolder styling
The new Exterior Sport Appearance Package makes the Chrysler 300S model’s commanding presence even more prominent.

Standard with the 300S V-8 model, and available on the 300S V-6 model, the new Exterior Sport Appearance Package features a more aggressively styled front fascia with larger air intakes and integrated LED fog lamps highlighting the 300S model’s world-class handling and levels of technology. These fog lamps are exclusive to the Exterior Sport Appearance Package and are comprised of a strip of eight horizontal LEDs each, for an even more distinctive signature look at night.

Nestled below the Gloss Black headlamps and dimensional grille is a larger body-color painted Mobius strip, which further emphasizes the flagship sedan’s road-holding width, while tying in the brand’s design DNA. The Chrysler 300S model’s signature proportions take on an even sportier aesthetic as 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels flank the new package’s sculpted side sills.

At the rear, Chrysler 300S model’s new Exterior Sport Appearance Package adds a deck-lid spoiler to complement the dual exhausts and further the sedan’s athletic appearance.

Interior Sport Appearance Package upgrades 300S
New for 2017, the Interior Sport Appearance Package takes the Chrysler 300S model’s sport-contoured leather seating and upgrades it for more cradling and comfort.





New premium perforated leather performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede provide front seat passengers with more lateral support during spirited driving. In addition, these front performance seats are heated and ventilated – adding to the flagship sedan’s already lengthy list of convenience features.

Updated 300S color and material selection for a truly avant-garde look
The Chrysler brand’s product design office (PDO) team continues to build on the brand’s leadership position in expressive and industrious exterior and interior selections by integrating colors and materials that were inspired outside of the automotive industry, including fashion, architecture and technology, and even in the design office’s backyard – the Motor City.

In keeping with the Chrysler brand design team’s use of unique finishes, the 2017 Chrysler 300S exudes an athletic-luxury interior with new Piano Black interior trim appointments on the instrument panel, door panel and instrument cluster bezels. New Light Gray Diesel colored accent stitching expressively highlights the Chrysler 300S model’s craftsmanship on door and center console armrests, instrument panel brow, steering wheel as well as the leather-wrapped sport seats, or on the new performance seats as part of the new Interior Sport Appearance Package.

New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a “straight shade” hue for a truly industrial-tough look. Other 300S colors include Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl and Redline Red Tri-coat.

Sport mode, plus an available 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine
In the Chrysler 300 lineup, the 300S model is the most dynamically capable and driver focused.

Sport mode instantly transforms the Chrysler 300S model’s performance and personality. By engaging Sport mode, drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, plus firm up the steering feel of the electric power steering (EPS) system.

For even greater V-6 performance, the Chrysler 300S model increases the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine’s output to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus adds a unique sport-tuned dual exhaust system with a more distinctive sound. For customers who want more performance, the Chrysler 300S can be had with a 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.

The Chrysler 300S model’s chassis features a sport-tuned suspension with increased damping to make sure the flagship sedan’s power and precision connects the driver to the road. For drivers who want more handling capability, a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires are also available on rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300S models.

Segment’s most innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) system
For customers who want the best of Detroit-born style and even more all-weather traction, the Chrysler 300S AWD model includes an advanced AWD system that delivers traction to all four wheels when necessary, or thanks to its segment-exclusive technology, can electronically adjust back to two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

The Chrysler 300S AWD pairs the 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the segment's most innovative AWD system for up to 27 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. And for driving enthusiasts, Sport mode turns AWD “on” (if off) and enables the 300S to deliver rear-biased torque for improved dynamics.
 

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2016 Chrysler 300C Rental Review

2016 Chrysler 300C Rental Review – The Best Car Money Can Rent

May 31, 2016




Greatness isn’t always universal. Being a great sprinter doesn’t make one a great marathoner. In fact, exhibiting greatness in one sense will often make for a fatal flaw in another. If you need any proof of this, simply pick up the closest Greek tragedy and read it.

The same can be be said of rental cars. The qualities that make a car a great rental don’t necessarily translate into a great daily driver. That being said, after four days in Northern California, I’m prepared to remove the Chevy Impala from its lofty perch as the best rental car money can buy (or rent) you.

The 2016 Chrysler 300 C is the best rental car in the world.

I very nearly didn’t get the opportunity to find out. When I arrived at San Jose International late on a Wednesday evening, the Emerald Aisle looked bleak. I strolled up and down the nearly empty garage several times, and had nearly resigned myself to a Camry SE when I saw the Phantom clone turn the corner, freshly washed and ready to return to duty. Ahhh, yes.

The black-on-black 300 was perfect for my weekend assignment, much of which required me to be in the company of people who make more money in a week than a doctor makes in a year. The 300C looks, smells, feels, and — most importantly — drives like big money.

My 300C RWD came configured like most of them are: nearly all features you’d ever want are standard on the C, including heated and ventilated leather seats, a dual-panel moonroof/sunroof, and Uconnect 8.4 touchscreen. The only option that I wanted was sadly missing: the option for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8. However, the standard 292-horsepower Pentastar motor was more than sufficient, as you’ll soon learn.


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