The Chrysler 300S just got more sophisticated thanks to its new Alloy Edition package.

Launched in 2011, the second-generation Chrysler 300 received a facelift for the 2015 model year. The update brought a much larger grille, revised LED headlamps, a sportier rear end,and higher-quality materials on the inside. However, the facelifted second-gen 300 also came with a bit of bad news, as Chrysler decided to discontinue the Hemi-powered SRT model. Although the beefed-up sedan did get a similar refresh, Pentastar decided to sell it only in markets such as Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

With a third-generation model set to arrive sometime in 2017, you’d be tempted to think that the current 300 will be left to go out of production without much hubbub. Fortunately, Chrysler won’t let that happen just yet and the 300S Alloy Edition that’s scheduled to break cover at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is proof that the full-size four-door is alive and kicking.

Available on the 300S trim with all-wheel drive and a choice of two drivetrains, the 300S Alloy Edition will be launched alongside a similar version of the smaller 200S.

“Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands of FCA North America.

Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition.

What makes the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition special

The 300 sedan has always received interesting special-edition models, the Alloy Edition package is no exception from that rule. Developed to further enhance the vehicles Detroit-born style, the Alloy Edition builds on the 300S’ high level of standard equipment and adds styling features you won’t be able to get on a regular model, regardless of trim.

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Up front, the special-edition sedan sports a grille finished in Dark Bronze, while the mesh is Gloss Black and features a Titanium badge. The grille in the bumper received similar treatment and the LED foglamp surrounds are also finished in Dark Bronze. The exclusive and elegant theme continued onto the sides with 20-inch, Dark Bronze wheels (19-inch for AWD models) and around back with a bronze "300S" lettering, and titanium-plated Chrysler badge and exhaust tips. Rounding out the exterior are body-colored rear fascia trim, side mirrors, and subtle Gloss Black accents for both the headlamps and taillights.

The sedan can be ordered in one of five exterior colors, which, according to Chrysler, amplify the Dark Bronze, Titanium and Black Gloss finishes. The color palette includes Gloss Black Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.

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The sleek four-door is equally elegant on the inside, where the black upholstery received exclusive black Nappa leather with Caramel accent stitching and numerous Titanium and Piano Black inserts on the center stack, dashboard, steering wheel, instrument cluster, and door panels. Completing the interior is a bespoke clock atop the infotainment screen. Unlike the one offered in the standard model, it has a dark-colored analog face and Piano Black surround. Fancy!

Motivation for the 300S Alloy Edition comes from one of two powerplants. First up is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 rated at 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, unchanged from the standard model. This unit mates to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and an adaptive all-wheel drive system that can be adjusted to two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency. Those in need of more power can order the Alloy Edition with the 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8. Output is identical to the regular model and sits at 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of twist. However, the Hemi can’t be had with AWD, meaning you’ll have to trade all-weather traction for the extra 63 horses and 130 pound-feet.

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Pricing for the 300S Alloy Edition starts from $35,965, not including destination, which represents a $500 premium over the base 300S. Considering the exclusive exterior features and the fancy upholstery, the Alloy Edition is quite a good deal.

Chrysler 300S

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Updated for the 2015 model year, the Chrysler 300 got a mild makeover inside and out. The refresh included a much larger grille with a new mesh and revised LED headlamps, a chrome Mobius strip for the lower grille, revised taillight clusters, and a prominent trunk lid spoiler for the Hemi-powered version. Inside, Chrysler added higher-quality materials, more wood and aluminum inserts, and a reshaped center console with a cleaner and more classy design. A standard seven-inch display and the brand’s latest Uconnect system also found their way into the sedan. The 300 remained unchanged under the hood, but Chrysler finally ditched the six-speed automatic transmission in favor of the then-new TorqueFlite, eight-speed gearbox.

Read our full review on the Chrysler 300S here.

Press Release

Adding to the 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S models’ athletic styling, segment-exclusive technologies and driver-focused appointments, the new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions further the Chrysler brand’s color and material leadership and Detroit-born style with trendsetting finishes that include Dark Bronze and Titanium.

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“Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

Debuting at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and arriving at Chrysler dealerships nationwide this spring, the new 200S and 300S equipped with the Alloy Edition package have a starting U.S. MSRP of $26,685 and $35,965, respectively (each excluding $995 destination).

Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition
With confident looks, world-class execution and uniquely expressive materials, the 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition builds on the 300S model’s high-level of standard equipment and delivers the latest Detroit-born style.

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At the front, Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition’s prominent grille is finished in Dark Bronze, while the Gloss Black dimensional textured grille is fitted with a Titanium-finished Chrysler wing badge. Gloss Black headlamps and body color mirror caps provide a discrete and athletic appearance. Nestled below the commanding grille is an elegantly drawn Mobius strip in Dark Bronze, which outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounding the LED fog lamps. The Chrysler 300 sedan’s signature proportions take on an even more contemporary aesthetic as a Gloss Black DLO moldings are now paired with Dark Bronze painted 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch with AWD) for a road holding look. Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition’s powerful rear stance includes a Titanium-plated Chrysler wing badge and Dark Bronze-finished “300S” badge. In addition, a pair of elegantly drawn, Titanium-plated exhaust tips give this Chrysler 300S an upscale, athletic appearance. Completing the contemporary look are LED tail lamps with a Gloss Black accent and a body color rear fascia accent trim.

The 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition will be available in five exterior body colors that amplify the Dark Bronze, Titanium and Black Gloss finishes. Available colors include Gloss Black Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.

When designing the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition, the team incorporated unique design elements and authentic materials. Exclusive Black Nappa leather with Caramel accent stitching is found on the sport-contoured heated front seats, rear seats, instrument cluster bezel, steering wheel and armrests. The exclusive use of Titanium paired with Piano Black on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing the interior is a new instrument panel clock that exudes watch-like precision and craftsmanship, thanks to its dark-colored analog face and Piano Black bezel surround that ties in the industrious, yet discrete appearance.

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Performance-tuned suspension, 363-horsepower HEMI® V-8 engine and aerodynamic styling available
For drivers who want more rear-wheel-drive handling capability, a new performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires is available on the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition models.

For customers who want more performance and style than the standard 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired to the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission with Sport mode and paddle shifters, the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition can be had with a 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology and uniquely sculpted side sills and deck lid spoiler.

Innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems
For customers who want the best of style and performance and even more all-weather traction, the new 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD Alloy Edition and 300S AWD Alloy Edition models each include an advanced AWD system that delivers traction to all four wheels when necessary, or thanks to its segment-exclusive technology, can electronically adjust back to two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

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Chrysler 200S AWD Alloy Edition upgrades the powertrain to a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, and leads with the mid-size segment’s first AWD system with automatic fully disconnecting rear axle.

The Chrysler 300S AWD Alloy Edition pairs the 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the segment’s most innovative AWD system for up to 27 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway.

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