2015 Chrysler 300 makes an even bolder statement
The 2015 Chrysler 300 benefits from a comprehensive mid-cycle makeover that gives a new look to the automaker's full-size flagship sedan to go along with technical enhancements and a heightened sense of luxury. The changes have been made to the entire lineup, which includes the 300 Limited, sporty 300S, elegant 300C and new range-topping 300C Platinum models. However, the 300 SRT is no longer in the mix.
New edge, new elegance
While the 300's basic body panels and formal profile are unchanged, the front and rear fascias have been redesigned for greater visual presence. The larger grille and new LED lighting create a more commanding "face of Chrysler," while an elegantly drawn rear fascias framed by sculpted LED taillamps and a black valance panel brings tighter focus to the tail. These changes are complemented by additional model-specific trim flourishes and seven new wheel fitments that further differentiate the relative position of each trim level in the family hierarchy.
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Inside, the 2015 Chrysler 300 lineup boasts a host of meaningful upgrades, starting with an elevated level of fit/finish, new multifunction steering wheel, all-new 7-inch programmable driver information display, the latest and even more capable 8.4-inch Uconnect system - with or without navigation - and an electronic rotary transmission controller mounted on the center console. Save for the cloth-lined Limited, all versions of the new 300 feature leather interior appointments that introduce several unique new color and accent-trim variations for 2015.
Standard 8-speed automatic
The base powerplant on the 2015 Chrysler 300 continues to be the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 292 horsepower, while the 300S is rated at an even 300. in all but the 300S All but the base Limited can be upgraded with the 5.7-liter/363-horse Hemi V8. The big change is that the V8 is now backed by a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Those two extra cogs help raise its city and highway EPA numbers from 16/25 to 17/26 mpg compared to the previous 6-speed. However, where V6-equipped 300 models can be had in rear- or all-wheel drive, the V8 is now RWD-only.
Other notable changes for the 2015 Chrysler 300 include an energy saving electric power steering system with three levels of effort and a new driver-selectable Sport mode that for the transmission that tweaks shift timing, throttle response, steering effort and stability control programming on V8-powered 300S/300C models as well as on all 300C Platinum variants. The 2015 makeover also brings an even longer list of available safety and security features which now include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 lineup goes on sale early next year. Pricing will start at $32,390 for the 300 Limited- the same as in 2014 - with the 300S opening at $35,890, the 300C commencing at $38,890 and the 300C Platinum beginning at $43.390.
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