With a relatively short history (it was launched in 2004 as a 2005 model), the Chrysler 300 has never been the most successful model on the market. It would make sense for Chrysler to give it a solid kick in the pants as it heads out the door, but instead, they have decided to give the sedan one last chance. It’s time for the 300 to fish or cut bait, and Chrysler is hoping for the former with some exterior and interior updates, as well as some engine mods. The Chrysler 300 will make its official debut in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show with sales to begin later in the year.
As usual, the 2011 Chrysler 300 will be offered in four models: Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD. An SRT8 version will be revealed in late 2011 as a 2012 model.
Update 01/07/2010: Just before its official launch at the Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler has announced pricing for the new 300. The standard model is priced from $27,995, while the Limited Edition’s prices go up to $31,995. The 300C version goes on sale at a price of $38,995 and the 300C AWD at $41,145. They’ve also released more images for the updated sedan which we’ve added to the gallery. Enjoy!
Hit the jump to read more about the future Chrysler 300.
Exterior and Interior
The 2011 Chrysler 300 looks bolder and more aggressive than ever. Compared to the previous model, the 2011 300 gets refined lines that make it look more elegant. There is a new front grille, redesigned headlamps with LED lights, new taillights, and numerous chrome inserts.
The teaser images do not reveal much about the interior, but spy shots revealed some changes will definitely be made. Don’t expect to see any miracles, but there will be new flat instrument cluster, a straight, square dashboard, and higher quality materials
making it a better competitor for the best sedans in its price range.
The base version will be offered with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that will produce 292 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is rumored that this engine will deliver improved fuel consumption and lowered CO2 emission. The top version will get a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 363 HP, but with gas mileage reportedly increased.
The 300 will be offered standard as a rear-wheel drive model, but all-wheel drive will be offered as an option. All engines will be offered with a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Chrysler 300 wants to take on models like the Dodge Charger, the Volvo S80, and even the Audi A6 or Infiniti M. But while all the prices are almost the same, driving a 300 is simply not the same thing as driving an A6. Almost every model in the competitor list offers a more luxurious interior and a better driving experience.
The two things the Chrysler has on its competitors are its warranty and its cheaper price tag. However, in regards to numbers, every competitor for the 300 does a much better job with power and handling.
When Can I Get One?
The new Chrysler 300 will debut in 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show; sales will begin later that year. Pricing for the standard model starts at $27,995, while the Limited Edition’s prices go up to $31,995. The 300C version goes on sale at a price of $38,995 and the 300C AWD at $41,145.