Chrysler first introduced the 300 back in 1955 as a high-performance luxury car built in very limited numbers. Often regarded as a forerunner to the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, the initial 300 "letter series" was produced with coupe and convertible body styles and powered by V-8 engines displacing up to 6.8 liters. Discontinued in 1965, the nameplate returned briefly in 1970 and 1979, before being revived with the sedan we’re familiar with today. The modern-day 300 debuted in 2004 with a range of V-6 and V-8 powerplants, including a diesel for European markets. Built on Chrysler’s rear-wheel-drive LX platform which features components from the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 300 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. As we venture into 2015, Chrysler introduced mid-cycle refresh for the second-gen 300 at the 2014 Los Angeles Show.
Much like the 2015 Charger, the revised 300 gains a significantly altered front fascia, featuring a larger grille and brand-new headlamps. The rear end is equally new, while the interior boasts the most refined materials ever to grace a 300. Although the two available engines remained unchanged for 2015, the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 received the company’s much-praised eight-speed automatic transmission. Read all about after the jump.
Updated 11/21/2014: We took a trip to the LA Auto Show this year, so we snapped a few pictures of the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chrysler 300.
It looks like the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona won’t be the only model at Chrysler’s stand in Los Angeles. The company will also be unveiling an S version for the 2013 Town & Country. This model will get the same exterior and interior enhancements as seen on the Chrysler 300 S.
The model will be offered in four exterior colors: Brilliant Black, Deep Cherry Red, Stone White or Billet Silver. It also receives a dark-chrome grille, a black-background Chrysler Winged badges, a black rear fascia step pad, "S" model badges and a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels with polished faces and black-painted pockets.
Inside the cabin, the new S version will add Black Torino leather seats with an "S" logo embroidered in the seat backs and black Ballistic cloth seat inserts. The instrument panel will also get Piano Black gloss appliques and will be combined with a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, a black headliner, upper consoles and center console, and an "S" logo in the instrument cluster.
The Town & Country S will come with with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine will mate to a 62TE six-speed automatic transmission. It also features a performance suspension that provides a comfortable, yet sporty, ride — as sporty as a minivan can be.
Chrysler is raising the roof on the convertible segment, introducing the all-new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. This completely redesigned Sebring Convertible is built on the company’s new D-segment platform and offers what no other convertible on the road can offer: Chrysler’s sleek and elegant design, exhilarating performance with excellent fuel efficiency, a spacious interior that comfortably sits four adults and enough room in the trunk to hold two golf bags, even when the top is dropped.
According to Automotive News, at Los Angeles Auto Show Chrysler might unveil the convertible version for the Sebring sedan.
The new convertible will include a traditional soft top or a trendy folding hardtop, a first for the segment. The hard top system and the cloth top alternative are developed together with Karmann GmbH.