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The 2012 Chrysler 300 receives a new 8-speed ZF automatic transmission as well as new S letter series and Luxury Series trim levels. The new transmission is available on the V6 Limited, 300S and AWD models, with the S trim getting a "Sport" shift manual mode. Versions of the Chrysler 300 with the V8 get a new mesh grille, while the "Beats by Dr. Dre" audio system is offered on more models. Model-year 2012 also marks the return of the 300 SRT8, featuring a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, 2-mode adaptive damping suspension and 19-speaker harman/kardon audio system.
All 300 models now feature supplemental side curtain airbags. New standard equipment on the 300C includes Keyless Entry/Keyless Go and ParkSense rear park assist, while the Touring trims gain chrome door handles, chrome grille and trunk lid accents and heated chrome mirrors.
All-wheel drive models receive a new Active Transfer Case and Front-axle Disconnect which helps improve fuel economy by disconnecting the front axles and transfer case when not in all-wheel-drive mode. The HEMI V8 sees improvements in horsepower and fuel economy, while the LX trims receive 17-inch machined aluminum wheels and the 300C Heritage gets 20-inch wheels and a new grille.
2008 sees modest but important changes. The cruise control stalk has been relocated to the four o'clock position where it won't be confused with the turn signal, and the dash receives a minor freshening. New options include MyGIG multimedia audio system and remote start
The Chrysler 300 sedan has succeeded where many of its domestic rivals have not. While it's true that Americans have flocked to the 300 chiefly because of its bold styling, the 300 provides a roomy interior, impressive ride and handling, the availability of the well-known HEMI V8 engine and the option of all-wheel drive. The 300 benefits greatly from the merger between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler and employs a number of German-engineered components, including its rear suspension and five-speed automatic transmission. One might think with so much premium content added to the mix that the 300's price tag would also surge, but V6 models start below $25,000. Thanks to the 300's popularity among the tuner crowd, there are plenty of aftermarket parts, allowing owners to customize their cars to their hearts' content.