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Chrysler 300

This article is about the modern Chrysler 300. For the letter series of cars from the 1950s and 1960s, see Chrysler 300 letter series. For the non-letter series from the 1960s and 1970s, see Chrysler 300 non-letter series. For the 1999 to 2004 model, see Chrysler 300M. For the station wagon as the Chrysler 300C, see Dodge Magnum.
2016 Chrysler 300 front view
2016 Chrysler 300 rear view
The Chrysler 300 is a full-size flagship produced by Chrysler. Designed by Ralph Gilles in 2001, and first shown at the 2003 New York Auto Show as a concept car, sales in the United States began in April 2004. The 300 was Chrysler's first rear-wheel-drive full-sized sedan since the discontinuation of the Chrysler Newport of 1981. The SRT-8 model was intended as the high-performance version.
The 2011 model was sold as the Lancia Thema in Europe, except in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where it was sold as the Chrysler 300C.
Chrysler 300
Overview
Manufacturer
Chrysler (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, previously Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler)
Production
2003–present
Model years
2004–present
Assembly
Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)[1]
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)
Designer
Ralph Gilles (2001)
Freeman Thomas (2001)
Body and chassis
Class
Full-size
Body style
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon (Europe, Australia and Latin America)
Layout
Front engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform
Chrysler LX platform
Related
Lancia Thema
Chronology
Predecessor
Chrysler 300M
Chrysler Concorde
Chrysler Intrepid (Canada)

First generation (2003–2010)

first generation
The Chrysler 300 was designed to be a modern interpretation of the Chrysler C-300 and the letter series Chryslers that followed, featuring a large grille, long hood and low roofline that was prominent on those vehicles. The styling retained many elements of the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car, such as chrome interior accents and tortoiseshell finishings on the steering wheel and shifter knob.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler LX platform which features components derived from the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class of 2003 to 2009. Shared components include the rear suspension design, front seat frames, wiring harnesses, steering column, the 5-speed automatic transmission's design, and a derivative of the 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
First generation
Overview
Manufacturer
DaimlerChrysler (2005–2007)
Chrysler LLC (2007–2009)
Chrysler Group LLC (2009–2010)
Also called
Chrysler 300C
Production
2004–2010
Model years
2005–2010
Assembly
Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz)
Designer
Ralph Gilles
Freeman Thomas
Body and chassis
Body style
4-door sedan
5-door station wagon (Europe, Australia)
Platform
Chrysler LX platform
Related
Dodge Charger
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Magnum
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Powertrain
Engine
2.7 L EER V6
3.5 L EGG V6
5.7 L EZB HEMI V8
6.1 L ESF HEMI V8
3.0 L OM642 turbodiesel V6
Transmission
4-speed 42RLE automatic
5-speed W5A580 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
3,048 mm (120.0 in)
Length
5,024 mm (197.8 in)
Width
1,882 mm (74.1 in)
Height
1,483 mm (58.4 in)
SRT8: 1,471 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight
1,688-1,835 kg (3,721-4,046 lb)

Model range

Base

The basic 300 (or 300C in some countries) comes with standard 17-inch wheels, wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes, single disc mp3 player, auxiliary input jack, power driver seat and a four-speed automatic transmission. It uses a 2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in) EER V6 making 190 hp (140 kW). In Canada, it comes standard with the Touring model's 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6 engine. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available all wheel drive. The basic 300 model was renamed to LX for 2008 and remains as the code-name for the platform.

Touring

The Touring model uses a 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6, producing 250 hp (190 kW) and 340 Nm (250 lbft) of torque, either a 4 or 5spd transmission depending on the year and drive configuration, and comes with 17-inch aluminium wheels, AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), remote keyless entry, leather trimmed seats, and SIRIUS satellite radio. This model was renamed Touring Plus for the 2009 and 2010 model years.

Limited

The Limited model included the Touring model's 3.5 L V6 engine, generating 250 hp (190 kW) and 340Nm (250 lbft) and either a 4 or 5 speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration. Additional features included 18-inch chrome-clad aluminium wheels, anti-roll bars.

300C

2005–2010 Chrysler 300C
The top-of-the-line 300C version uses a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. Using the Multidisplacement System (MDS), this engine can run on four cylinders when less power is needed in order to reduce total fuel consumption. The USEPA-rated fuel consumption of the 300C is: 15 miles per US gallon (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg-imp) city, and 23 miles per US gallon (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imphighway. When all eight cylinders are needed, the 300C can make 340 hp (250 kW) and 530 Nm (390 lbft) torque. It uses a five-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, Chrysler's MyGIG Infotainment System in 2008 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Backseat Television in 2008. The HEMI engine includes a pushrod induction tube, located on the side of the engine-block. This tube makes the 300C more fuel efficient and quicker, because of the air being "pulled and pushed" into the engine's induction area. The engine uses the HEMI, or double rocker configuration, with a cam-in-block, overhead valve (OHV) pushrod design. There are two spark plugs per cylinder to promote efficient fuel/air mixture burn and thereby reduce emissions. In 2009 - 2010 power output was increased to 360HP.

SRT-8

The SRT-8 model was equipped with a 6.1-liter Hemi engine producing 425 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. The SRT8 can hit 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Other variants

Station wagon

2008 Chrysler 300C Touring
The 300C was sold in Europe and Australia and Japan as both a sedan and a station wagon. The station wagon was sold as the 300C Touring (not to be confused with the North American sedan's "Touring" trim level) which shared much of its sheet metal aft of the c-pillar with the Dodge Magnum. The base Chrysler 300 was not sold in Europe, instead all cars came with the 300C bodystyle/interior and a choice of either V6, diesel or V8 gasoline powerplants. All 300C Touring models, along with European 300C sedans and right-hand drive models were assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria beginning in June 2005. The station wagon body-style was discontinued after the first generation.

Diesel (2006–2011)

In Europe and Australia, the 300C was available with a Mercedes-Benz 3.0 L diesel V6 engine (internal code OM642) rated 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @3800rpm and 510 Nm (376 lbft) @1600rpm. Fuel economy for the 300C diesel is rated at 26.2 mpg-US (9.0 L/100 km; 31.5 mpg-imp) City, 42.8 mpg-US (5.50 L/100 km; 51.4 mpg-imp) Highway and 34.9 mpg-US (6.74 L/100 km; 41.9 mpg-imp) on the combined cycle. Acceleration from 0-60 mph happens in 7.9 seconds while the top speed remains the same as the gasoline V6 (230km/h (140 mph)).
2008 UK models include 300C SRT-Design model in saloon or Touring body, which included SRT 20-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch spats, chrome mesh grille, MyGIG satellite navigation, SRT-8 steering wheel, SRT-8 leather sports seats and carbon fibre interior details.

ASC Helios 300

ASC created a convertible version of the Chrysler 300C, dubbed the ASC Helios 300, and unveiled it at the North American International Auto Show in early 2005. Despite rumours, Chrysler has confirmed that the vehicle will not be produced.

Executive Series 300

The Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series 300 was an extended wheelbase version shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show. It added six inches (152 mm) to the rear passenger compartment.
Heritage Edition 300C
The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition debuted in 2006 and was a performance oriented trim that used the 5.7 Hemi and had styling ques from the Chrysler 300 "letter series" of the 1950s and the 1960s.

Awards

The 300C was the 2005 Motor Trend Car of the Year and was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 2005 and 2006. It also won the North American Car of the Year and Canadian Car of the Year Best New Luxury Car awards. During its debut year, it was promoted as being one of the most awarded new cars ever.

Reception and legacy

In the USA, the 300C enjoyed a wave of popularity in the mid-2000s, aided by celebrity owners (including future-US President Barack Obama,) and appearances in music videos. In 2004, rapper Snoop Dogg famously called then-Chrysler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, asking for his own 300C; he later appeared in a commercial for the car alongside Lee Iacocca. The 300C was ranked #12 in a Complex.com article, "The 25 Most Iconic Hip-Hop Cars" due to its popularity in many hip-hop music videos following its introduction. Chrysler 300 designer Ralph Gilles reflected on the vehicle's success in 2008, saying that the "300 turned out to be a bit of an icon for Chrysler".
In the UK, the BBC Top Gear team described the 300C as "something different with a bit of kitsch gangster cool". They praised the spacious and well equipped interior and the low price while criticizing the quality of materials, ride, steering and low engine torque. The first generation model was popular with British buyers who regarded it as the "poor man's Bentley". (Indeed, some owners swapped the Chrysler badges for Bentley ones). The post-2011 second generation proved less popular, primarily because of its less attractive appearance to British eyes.

Second generation (2011–present)

Lancia Thema front
Interior
Chrysler 300 Limited (LX36)
A redesigned 300 was introduced in 2011. Only the sedan body-style is available; the station wagon version of the 300 has been discontinued. Exterior changes include an all new body, bi-xenon HID projector headlights, LED daytime running strips within the headlights, new tail lights with LEDs and a horizontally slotted front grille as standard. The car also features an updated version of the Chrysler brand's winged emblem, which dropped the blue ribbon centre dating back to 1930s. Thinner roof pillars and a more raked windshield contribute to improved visibility. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof will offer twice the outward visibility of an average sunroof. The new 300 has optional 20-inch polished-aluminium wheels. The all new interior upgrades include a new instrument panel with "soft-touch" materials throughout, 8.4 inch Uconnect Touch, new steering wheel and centre console, and standard leather seating on all trim levels. Both seat-mounted and curtain side airbags were made standard.
The predecessors' 2.7- and 3.5-litre engines were replaced with Chrysler's new 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine producing 292 horsepower (218 kW) and 250 Nm (260 lbft) of torque. The 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine remained available with 363 horsepower. A 3.0-litre VM Motori V6 turbodiesel is also available in Europe, and Australia. Beginning with model year 2012 all V6 models were equipped with the 8-speed 8HP45 automatic transmission, licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen .
Second generation
Overview
Manufacturer
Chrysler Group LLC
Also called
Lancia Thema (Europe)
Chrysler 300C (UK & Ireland)
Production
2011–present
Model years
2011–present
Assembly
Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)
Body and chassis
Body style
4-door sedan
Platform
Chrysler LX platform
Related
Dodge Charger
Dodge Challenger
Powertrain
Engine
3.6 L Pentastar V6
5.7 L HEMI V8
6.4 L HEMI V8
3.0 L VM A630 turbodiesel V6
Transmission
5-speed 5G-Tronic automatic
8-speed 8HP45 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
3,053 mm (120.2 in)
Length
5,044 mm (198.6 in)
Width
1,908 mm (75.1 in)
Height
1,483 mm (58.4 in)

Variants

The 2011 model is offered in Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD trim levels. Touring and Limited trims come with the Pentastar V6, while the 300C line offers the 5.7 HEMI.
A 300S trim was introduced at the 2011 New York International Auto Show together with the 300C Executive series. The 300S featured black treatment for grille and headlamps, 20-inch polished-face aluminium wheels with black painted pockets, 10-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. This was also sold in Europe as the Lancia Thema S from 2014.

SRT8

Chrysler 300 SRT-8 (Australia)
Lancia Thema rear end
An SRT8 version was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, powered by a 6.4-litre 392 HEMI V8 engine. The 6.4 392 Hemi engine is also used in other Chrysler Group SRT vehicles. With 470 hp (350 kW), the new 300 SRT8 can go from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) in the low 4 second range.
In addition to the increase in power, the SRT8 receives specific exterior trim including a lower front fascia, large exhaust tips, body color instead of chrome trim and large 20-inch aluminium wheels. The car also gets a lowered, sportier suspension setup and a large Brembo brake package.
The 300 SRT (or SRT8) was discontinued for MY 2015 in the United States, but is still sold in Australia and the Middle East. Contrary to past statements by Chrysler, the 300 SRT8 is still sold in left-hand drive abroad.

Special editions

  • The 300 Motown Edition model sales began in the spring of 2013. The Motown Edition is a tribute to the Motown genre of music. Additions to the Chrysler 300C features, include special chrome wheels, a Beats by Dr. Dre ten-speaker sound system, "Motown Edition" badges on the front fenders, as well as 100 Motown tunes preloaded on a USB drive. Berry Gordy, the creator of the Motown genre, appears in a 2012 TV ad for the Chrysler 300 Motown Edition, promoting his musical, and saying "This is Motown. And this is what we do". The song playing in the commercial is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
  • 300S Glacier Edition, available in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle. Based on the Chrysler 300S, the Glacier Edition adds signature details not found on other Chrysler 300 models.
  • Mopar '12, available as a 2012 model year vehicle. This Special Edition Chrysler 300 was designed by Mopar Performance to mark Mopar's 75th anniversary. Featuring a 3:91 gear ratio, sport tuned suspension, and unique badging, only 500 Mopar Edition 300's were made.

Engines

Chrysler
Model
Engine
Displacement
Power @ rpm
Torque @ rpm
Years
Touring
3.6 V6 Pentastar
3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)
296 PS (218 kW; 292 hp) @ 6350 rpm
350 Nm (260 lbft) @ 4800 rpm
2011–
Limited
300S
3.6 V6 Pentastar
3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)
304 PS (224 kW; 300 hp)
350 Nm (260 lbft) @ 4800 rpm
2011–
300C
5.7 V8 HEMI
5,654 cc (345.0 cu in)
368 PS (271 kW; 363 hp) @ 5150 rpm
527 Nm (389 lbft) @ 4250 rpm
2011–
300 SRT-8
6.4L 392 Hemi V8 engine
6,430 cc (392 cu in)
477 PS (351 kW; 470 hp)
637 Nm (470 lbft)
2012–
Lancia - (Chrysler UK)
Petrol
3.6 V6 Pentastar
3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)
286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp) @ 6350 rpm
340 Nm (250 lbft) @ 4650 rpm
2011–2014
Diesel
3.0 V6 VM Motori A630
2,987 cc (182.3 cu in)
190 PS (140 kW; 190 hp) @ 4000 rpm
440 Nm (320 lbft) @ 1600-2800 rpm
2011–2014
239 PS (176 kW; 236 hp) @ 4000 rpm
550 Nm (410 lbft) @ 1800-2800 rpm

  • Source for Lancia

Marketing

As part of the 2011 Chrysler 300 advertising campaign, three TV commercials were produced. "Homecoming" featured Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh driving through his rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, in his new 2011 Chrysler 300, retracing his humble beginnings. "Attitude" featured John Varvatos seeking inspiration at a record store in Brooklyn and record under his arm and into his Chrysler 300. "Good Things" featured Dr. Dre driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a Beats by Dre equipped 2012 Chrysler 300.
The 'See It Through' TV commercial featured the Chrysler 300 and notable Detroit locals, including Detroit Lion's Ndamukong Suh and a poem written in 1917 by Edgar Guest titled "See It Through".

2015 facelift

In late 2014 a facelift version of the 300 was introduced. Changes include:
  • Full speed-range Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Active Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Uconnect Systems: Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Uconnect Voice Command and Bluetooth (with Uconnect Access). The 8.4AN System adds, navigation, featuring full-color 3-D graphics and HD Radio
  • 7-inch customizable Driver Information Display (DID) electronic instrument cluster
  • Standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with Rotary E-shift
  • Restyled front and rear facia
  • New black and silver mesh chrome grille

Safety

The Lancia version was safety tested by Euro NCAP in autumn 2011 and got the following results:
Euro NCAP test results
Lancia Thema (2011)
Test
Points
%
Overall:
5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars5 /5 stars
Adult occupant:
29.7
83%
Child occupant:
37.7
77%
Pedestrian:
21.3
59%
Safety assist:
5
71%

Concept cars

  • In 2000, Chrysler introduced the 300 HEMI C, a 2+2 convertible bearing the new 5.7 litre HEMI engine with 353 horsepower (263 kW) and 479 Nm (353 lbft) torque. It had rear wheel drive and a four speed automatic transmission. It was capable of 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds.
  • In 1991, Chrysler introduced a Monteverdi High Speed inspired concept 300, employing the Dodge Viper engine. It was inspired by the a 1970s Swiss-built sedan powered by Chrysler.

Total US sales

Calendar Year
Sales
2004
112,930
2005
144,068
2006
143,647
2007
120,636
2008
62,352
2009
38,606
2010
37,116
2011
36,285
2012
70,747
2013
57,724
2014
53,382
2015
53,109
2016
21,487 (through April only)


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Last updated on 23 August 2016 at 12:26.


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