It’s no secret that the Chrysler 300 was in need of some changes desperately, and the automaker obliged by revealing a refreshed version for the 2015 model year. Granted, the revisions are not revolutionary, but they do give the 300 a more classy and luxurious feel than it has ever had before.
The exterior refreshes are obvious if you’re looking for them, but do not impact the classic looks of the 300. Up front, there is a boldly restyled grille with the Chrysler wings floating in the center and signature C-shaped LED lighting. Also adding in a touch of flare is a slew of new wheel designs to choose from. Down the sides of the 300, you’ll notice a striking shoulder line that plays homage to the 1955 300. Around back are new, sculpted, LED taillights with an illuminated halos.
On the inside there are some changes too, including a standard, seven-inch display, a rotary transmission shifter, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and die-cast paddle shifters. There’s also a new suite of Uconnect features, like Uconnect Access with roadside assistance, theft alarm notification, voice texting, 3D navigation, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. Lastly, buyers get to choose their favorite interior theme in select trim levels, and the options are all named after famous U.S. cities: La Jolla, California; Manhattan, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and Sausalito, California.
There is also a good bit of trim level shuffling going on for 2015, and the biggest news is the addition of a new 300C Platinum. This new trim level adds in quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, ultra-premium Poltrona Frau leather on the steering wheel, instrument panel and console, and platinum-chrome trim inside the cabin.
There are a few changes under the skin to go along with all of the other updates. The 3.6-liter V-6, 5.7-liter V-8 remain unchanged, but the 6.4-liter V-8 is no longer on the table as the SRT8 package is discontinued. The final change under the skin is a new eight-speed, Torq
ueFlight auto transmission that helps the base-level V-6 engine get 31 mpg highway.
Production of the 2015 300 kicks off in the fourth quarter of 2014, and pricing is as follows (not including $995 delivery charge):
- 300 Limited, $31,395
- 300S, $34,895
- 300C, $37,895
- 300C Platinum, $42,395