The updated 2015 Chrysler 300 rear-wheel-drive sedan has rolled into town, sporting a host of changes wrapped in that signature bold, muscular body design.
The launch Chrysler 300 range comprises a rationalised range of variants — the 300C priced at $49,000 plus on-road costs (up $2500) and the 300C Luxury at $54,000 (up $3000). The old 300 Limited entry version and mid mid-range 300S have both been dropped.
Both the 300C and 300C Luxury are powered by the 210kW/340Nm Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined-cycle fuel consumption is claimed to be 9.4 litres per 100km in 300C trim and 9.7L/100km in the 300C Luxury.
This means the local demise of the 176kW/550Nm 3.0 diesel engine option, which was a $5000 extra and a slow seller.
In 6-8 weeks time, the 300 SRT8 versions with the brutal 6.4-litre Hemi V8 will arrive. As we know, Australia is now the lead market for that vehicle globally — at one stage it was the only market in the world to put its hand up.
The 300 SRT8 Core is set to be priced from $59,000 in Core guise, climbing to $69,000 for the higher-spec version — both $3000 increases. Public data suggest small power and torque bumps, up to 350kW/637Nm (up 3kW/6Nm). A new eight-speed auto will be fitted.
The launch 300C and 300C Luxury get a revised cabin with a new steering wheel, a new rotary transmission shifter, a new 7.0-inch colour display instrument cluster ahead of the driver (in addition to the 8.4-inch main touchscreen) and more premium trims and materials throughout.
There’s a long list of standard equipment — see below for the full list — including an Alpine nine-speaker and 506-watt amplifier stereo, plus an optional Harman Kardon premium audio system with 18-speakers, 8-inch subwoofer and 900-watt amplifier for $2000.
Externally, it’s evolution not revolution. There’s a redesigned fascia, an even more prominent grille with chrome surround and floating inset badge, new Bi-Xenon adaptive lighting with LED daytime running lights, revised rear styling with new LED tail lights and new wheel designs.
Additions under the skin include a new electro-hydraulic steering system, lighter new cast-aluminium axle and axle housings
The Chrysler 300 offers more than 80 available safety and security features, including many that are new for 2015, according to FCA. Features on the 300C Luxury include a blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
The 300 range has all-round independent suspension, weights 1838kg tare (300C) or 1862kg (300C Luxury). The 300 is 5066mm long, 1902mm wide and sits on a 3052mm wheelbase — 116mm longer, 4mm wider and 147mm longer in the wheelbase than a Holden Commodore Calais.
2015 Chrysler 300 pricing (plus on-road costs):
Chrysler 300C standard features:
300C Luxury standard features above 300C: