Chrysler unveiled the 300S at the 2011 New York Auto Show and has updated it pretty much every year since. Of course, the changes were minimal and usually limited to some new colors or materials, but it was enough to keep the model fresh.
The "S" in its name may trick you into thinking this is some souped-up version of the 300, but don’t let it fool you, because all the 300S adds is a blacked-out grille and headlamps, and a black trimmed interior.
The same carries into the 2014 300S, which Chrysler updated with an even more blacked-out look and new a Ambassador Blue sport interior. There is also an exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system that offers the best sound experience in the segment.
As usual, customers can choose between two engines — a Pentastar V-6 or HEMI V-8 — combined with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive systems.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300S.
Gallery Chrysler 300
For the 2014 model year, the 300S flagship sedan get an upgrade that includes more blacked-out elements and new exterior colors. For the new year, the 300S comes with specially appointed, body-color door handles and fascia inserts, plus a new Gloss Black shade used for the belt molding, daylight opening surrounds, and headlight and taillight bezels.
Black Chrome paint sees use on the grille surround, and the horizontal grille blades. It offers a striking contrast to the Liquid Chrome used on the front and rear Chrysler logos. As usual, the 300S is offered with a Gloss Black-painted roof.
The new addition to color palette is "straight shade" Dark Ceramic Gray.
The interior also receives an update with a series of new shades and a new audio system. Customers can choose between the usual black material for the seats, or the all-new Ambassador Blue Nappa leather with silver accent stitching. The same color is used for the center console armrest and door armrests combined with French seamed stitching in silver.
As with the exterior, the interior also receives lots of new elements, like the Piano Black on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panels. Also on request, customers can get matte-carbon hydrographic accents and die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The new Uconnect 8.4 system features the segment’s largest touchscreen and is combined with a audiophile-pleasing Beats by Dr. Dre. audio system, with 10 speakers and a 12-channel amplifier.
Under the hood the 3base 000S gets the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to a segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission and ensures a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
For customers interested in more power, Chrysler also offers the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology and 370 horsepower.
Suspension and Brakes
The 2014 300S is offered with standard 20-inch wheels (19-inch with AWD) that features a sculptural appearance and Hyper Black finish. Buyers can also order it with an intelligent AWD system, featuring a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy.
Prices for the 2014 Chrysler 300S will be announced at a later date.
When you want to look for a competitor for the 300S, you don’t have to look very far. You will find the perfect choice right next to the 300S on Dodge , Chrysler and Ram dealers, but unlike Chrysler’s model, the Dodge Charger features a more aggressive exterior look and is more focused on sportiness than luxury.
Just like with the 300S it is offered with a choice of two engines: a Pentastar V-6 with 300 horsepower and a HEMI V-8 with 370 horsepower.
Gallery Dodge Charger AWD Sport
The Hyundai Azera may not have the power or classy look of the 300S, but it is still a worthy competitor. Its 293-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 is plenty powerful for this stylish sedan, and its body if far more modern that the aging 300 line. Additionally, the Azera comes well equipped with high-end features, like 18-inch wheel, leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control.
Gallery Hyundai Azera
The 2014 300S offers a series of small updates to both the exterior and the interior, but still it fails to be the elegant car Chrysler would like it to be. Still, for the real fans out there the 300S can be considered the perfect choice, especially when you drop that rumbling HEMI under the hood.
- That new gray paint looks cool when combined with black shades
- Two engines, both with more that 300 ponies
- New audio system
- Boring old 300 styling
- No prices yet
Gallery Chrysler 300S
The Chrysler 300 is the flagship of “Imported From Detroit” style. And for the Spring of 2014, the Chrysler 300S has been updated with even more “blacked out” design elements, a new Ambassador Blue sport interior to complement its world-class ride and handling, exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system and state-of-the-art technology features – all to offer customers a combination of quality, distinct style and craftsmanship that could only be born in the Motor City.
"Chrysler brand’s S-models continue to be among the most sought after lineup of vehicles with their modern and athletic style – and for 2014, the new Chrysler 300S redefines ’S’ for ’Stance,’ with an even more imposing presence,” said Al Gardner, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Adding to its legacy, including being crowned ’Best Chrysler in Decades’ by a leading automotive consumer group, this new generation 300S is where world-class tailoring meets world-class quality, materials and technology. In addition to its standard, and almost iPad size, touchscreen display, Beats by Dre sound, available AWD, 20-inch black pocket wheels and Piano Black trims, the new Chrysler 300S now comes with exquisitely tailored dark blue leather seats. We call it Ambassador Blue. It’s one more way to suit up our ’Imported from Detroit’ Stance."
New 2014 Chrysler 300S
Hinting that this Chrysler flagship was born for those seeking “blacked out” style, the new 2014 Chrysler 300S model features a monochromatic look with specially appointed body-color door handles and fascia inserts. New Gloss Black belt molding, daylight opening surrounds and tail lamp bezels are paired with Gloss Black headlamp bezels for a toughened look. A new Black Chrome grille surround features sculpted horizontal grille blades in the same unique finish, while front and rear Chrysler wing badges in Liquid Chrome with black “Chrysler” center logo exude an industrial appearance. Emphasizing the Chrysler 300S model’s iconic silhouette is the availability of a Gloss Black painted roof. A new 20-inch wheel design (19-inch with AWD) features a sculptural appearance and Hyper Black finish that hints at this flagship’s world-class ride and handling capabilities. For a serious look, new “straight shade” Dark Ceramic Gray clear coat joins the exterior color pallet.
The interior of the new 2014 Chrysler 300S model continues the athletic-luxury theme with 12-way power driver and passenger sport seats, featuring black, or all-new Ambassador Blue Nappa leather with silver accent stitching. For added detail, the center console armrest and door armrests are color matched to the seats and feature French seamed stitching in silver. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. This enthusiast-designed interior also features matte carbon hydrographic accents and die-cast steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The award-winning Uconnect 8.4 system with the segment’s largest touchscreen is at the center of the new Chrysler 300S model’s interior. Included in this Chrysler flagship sedan is the segment-exclusive, Beats by Dr. Dre. audio system, with 10-speakers and a 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm. Beats by Dr. Dre founders, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, worked side-by-side with the engineering team at Chrysler to design and tune this Chrysler 300 to deliver the high-definition sound required in professional recording studios.
Power and performance
Unique to the Chrysler 300S model is the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with a cold-air induction system and sport-tuned exhaust system – enabling the aluminum mill to produce 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. For even more driving performance, this 300 model includes the segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission with sport mode to fully optimize the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and shifting speed of the transmission. Completing the package are 20-inch all-season performance tires (19-inch with AWD), paired with a touring-tuned suspension with 25 percent quicker steering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel than the entry-level 300 model.
For customers who seek more performance, the Chrysler 300S rear-wheel and all-wheel drive models are available with the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology, 370 horsepower and driver-selectable sport mode. To maximize the power and torque of this legendary power plant, a firmer performance-tuned suspension and larger performance-disc brake system is exclusive on HEMI-powered rear-wheel drive models.
World-class eight-speed automatic transmission
Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the segment-exclusive ZF eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel efficiency of the 2014 Chrysler 300S, and offers class-leading fuel efficiency with respect to:
Best-in-class highway fuel economy (31 mpg highway)
Best-in-class V-6 all-wheel-drive (AWD) fuel economy (18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway)
Best-in-class combined fuel economy (23 mpg with RWD, 21 with AWD)
Unsurpassed city fuel economy (19 mpg RWD, 18 mpg AWD)
Overall unsurpassed fuel economy in its class (19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with RWD)
Quicker shifts are possible on the Chrysler 300S as a result of a sport mode. When the driver chooses to let the transmission shift in sport mode, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use a pair of die-cast, steering-wheel-mounted paddle controls and view gear selection through a full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) in the instrument cluster.
The segment’s most advanced AWD system
From winding through twisty stretches of coastal road, to escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, the 2014 Chrysler 300S AWD model has a commanding design presence and the power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst precipitation Mother Nature can dish out.
With the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (18/27 mpg), or legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 370 horsepower with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology, the Chrysler 300 with intelligent AWD features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies.
Chrysler 300’s AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.