Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 series sedans offer world-class technological innovation and quality while delivering stylistic distinction and premium E-segment sedan features at a legendary value.
“With its state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 represents the pride and determination of our engineers to give our customers the quality and technological excellence of the world’s best sedans – and this is what our ‘Imported from Detroit’ spirit is all about,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “And with the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive system, our industry-first Beats By Dr. Dre audio system, and an interior environment crafted with hand-sanded matte wood and premium Italian leather – we’ve not only made the new Chrysler 300 an incredible value in the segment, we’ve tailored it for the specific lifestyle needs of our customers.”
Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the new segment-exclusive ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel-efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300, 300S (V-6) and 300 Limited models. The addition of three more gear ratios in the proven transmission design help to reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting. Combined with the award-winning 292 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, passengers will experience world-class levels of refinement due to small, evenly spaced ratios that provide quicker acceleration and smoother shifts.
Quicker shifts are possible as a result of a “Sport” shift mode that requires simple driver input. 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 on the new Chrysler 300S models, the driver can also use a pair of die-cast steering-wheel mounted paddle controls and view gear selection through an all-new full-color EVIC centered in the Chrysler 300S’s instrument cluster.
Delivering improved fuel economy compared with the previous generation six-cylinder Chrysler 300 AWD models, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited and 300S (V-6) AWD models combine the new eight-speed automatic transmission, fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the segment’s most advanced AWD system for maximum all-weather traction and efficiency.
Chrysler 300’s AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy by up to 5 percent. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Chrysler 300’s innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive 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.
With the introduction of AWD on the new Pentastar V-6 powered 2012 Chrysler 300 models, Chrysler engineers took the second-generation E-segment architecture further with the addition of new hydrobushings for even more world-class refinement.
Compared to the previous generation, new 2012 Chrysler 300 models with AWD features a 0.5 inch (13 mm) tighter tire-to-fender fitment, a 0.15 inch (4 mm) lowered overall ride height and larger 19-inch wheels with wider P235/55R19 All-Season performance tires.
Chrysler and Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ expand mobile audio experience on more Chrysler 300 models. Originally revealed on the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S models, the industry-first partnership between Chrysler and Beats By Dr. Dre is now expanding the studio quality sound experience of Beats by Dr. Dre technology into more Chrysler 300 models, including the 300 Limited, 300C and new 300C Executive Series.
The unique partnership between Chrysler and Beats By Dr. Dre brings the music studio to consumers in cars not just by adding speakers, but working the music makers themselves to reproduce sound the way that it’s made in the studio. Instead of the traditional approach to automotive sound entrusting lab coat-adorned engineers as the arbiters of musical taste, Beats by Dr. Dre founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine worked side-by-side with the engineering team at Chrysler to design and tune the 10-speaker audio system.
Source: Chrysler press