2015 Chrysler 300 Gets a Bold Styling Punch
Over the course of seven years, the styling of the American-made automobile has changed drastically, and for the most part – that’s a good thing. The Chrysler 300 however, has in some respects channeled a bit more old Detroit rather than new. But after getting a glimpse of the restyled 2015 version, those lines have begun to blur. It’s bolder, more controversial, and adopts a few cues from across its 60-year lineage ... and the Europeans. These are all good things. RELATED: Check out this year's wild 470-horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT
The most prominent feature is undoubtedly its new fascia. Dubbed the “face of Chrysler,” the front grille is a throwback to the brand’s successful 2005 300. One can detect a touch of Audi A6, and a hint of Jaguar XF – both good contemporaries for sure. The stylized LED lighting continues that design language.
Inside, the 300 offers an array of standard features across the range, which include heated leather seats and the brand’s shifty TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission. A new 300C Platinum model adds to that base with quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, and oodles of chrome. Added Uconnect features permeate the lineup, as does Wi-Fi and a handy 8.4-inch touchscreen.
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Chrysler says that not all of its advancements are purely visible either. Drivers should feel improved acceleration through the eight-speed auto and 363-horsepower HEMI V8. And, thanks to improvements in its four-cylinder deactivation, Chrysler claims it has boosted fuel economy by six percent. New sport tuning promises increased steering, pedal, engine and transmission response at the push of a button as well, plus more rear torque bias on all-wheel-drive models. As of now, the high-powered 300 SRT is out of the pack.
At the end of the day, there still is some old Detroit DNA. It’s a big American sedan. It keeps most (if not all) of its power flowing to the rear wheels. It isn’t measured by Nurburgring lap times. But to be honest, for the person who wants a comfortable executive sedan, is that flavor of old Detroit necessarily a bad thing?
We're driving it in a few weeks and will report back on how it feels on the road.
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