The Chrysler 300 has been refreshed for 2015 with revised styling, new features and improved fuel economy.
Unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Chrysler 300’s purposeful exterior is now crafted with even more sculptural and expressive style for 2015, with a bolder front grille, revised front and rear bumpers, restyled headlamps and taillights and new wheel designs.
The range is now available with seven new wheel designs, ranging from 17 inches to wider and wheel-well-filling 20 inches. There is also a pair of elegantly drawn, polished exhaust tips placed in the corners to give the Chrysler 300 an upscale athletic appearance from the rear end.
Inside, new design elements for the 2015 Chrysler 300 include a standard 7-inch full-color digital instrument display cluster and electronic rotary transmission shifter. Chrysler’s new three-spoke steering wheel with larger vehicle controls and available die-cast paddle shifters also make first application in the new 300.
As the pinnacle of the Chrysler brand’s lineup, the new 300C Platinum offers an all-new and exclusive two-tone Indigo/Linen interior inspired by La Jolla, California. There is quilted and perforated Nappa leather on front and rear seats, as well as the door panels.
High-end Foligno leather from Italian leather expert, Poltrona Frau, wraps the instrument panel and sides of the center console and is finished with French accent stitching.
In terms of drivetrain, the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard on every model. The new gearbox promises smoother and faster gear shifts, improved refinement and fuel efficiency, and a more engaging Sport mode.
In Sport mode shift times have been sharpened to 250 milliseconds, with increase engine and throttle responsiveness. It also adjusts the electronic stability control (ESC) settings and firm up the steering feel of the new standard electric power steering (EPS) system.
The 300S midrange sport model gains added level of performance with its standard 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine output lifted from 218kW and 353Nm to 224kW and 358Nm. The extra punch is accompanied by a unique sport-tuned dual exhaust system with a more distinctive sound.
Building on a fine-tuned chassis for 2015, including a new lighter cast-aluminum axles and axle housing, the surefootedness of the new Chrysler 300S has been further enhanced with a new sport-tuned suspension with increased damping compared to the previous model.
Outside, the new Chrysler 300S trades chrome exterior accents for unique blacked-out and body-color design details, and all-new Hyper Black finished 20-inch aluminum wheels.
And for drivers who want even more performance and attitude, the new 300S can be had with a 270kW/534Nm 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine, new eight-speed paddle-shifting transmission with Sport mode, and all-new uniquely sculpted side sills and deck-lid spoiler.
The Chrysler 300 also offers three premium audio systems, including the segment-exclusive high-definition BeatsAudio system and premium Harman Kardon audio system with 18-speakers, 8-inch subwoofer and 900-watt amplifier.
New safety features for the 2015 model year include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 is expected to arrive in Australia in early 2015. Full specification and pricing will be announced closer to local launch.