In 2005, Chrysler debuted a V-8, rear-wheel drive vehicle that signaled the re-emergence of the full-sized sedan.
But back in 2001 it was all just a big, bold concept, fearless enough to take cues from the components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but authentic enough to be called American.
The 300 sported refreshingly stylish, upscale looks. A 120-inch wheel base, cross-hatch grille, 17-inch aluminum tires, 5-speed automatic transmission design, 4Matic all-wheel drive-inspired double wishbone front suspension, and a 2.7-liter V-6 that put out 190 horsepower.
And just in case there was any question about whether the rear-wheel drive 300 would have the kind of power and capability to brave the rough, snowy terrain, Chrysler threw in an Electronic Stability Program as an option.
The 2005 300 was definitely not your average family sedan, and the 300’s capability under the hood was only matched by its sports-like handling. Bolder and bigger than its predecessor, the 300 M, it was also surprisingly quiet for a large vehicle hauling the power of either a 2.7 or 3.5 liter V6 – depending on the trim.
Today, the all-new Chrysler 300 has been redesigned to appeal to the sensibilities of the young buyer, while still maintaining a little of its old school character for Chrysler enthusiasts.
With a 5.7-liter, 363-hp, and an eight-speed automatic, the 300 is still conscious of the environment, achieves best-in-class V-6 highway economy with the automaker’s Pentastar engine, and gets exceptional V-6 combined fuel economy.
But just when those of us here at Mancari’s thought the 300 couldn’t get any bolder, Chrysler upped the ante by adding a bigger chrome grille outlined in brushed nickel to the 300C, and a black on black chrome grille to the 300S as a nod to sports car lovers.
The American automaker also spared no expense on the interior details either, with premium features like quilted Nappa leather, Poltrona Frau leather-wrapped instrument panels sanded by hand, a 7-inch full color driver information display, a rotary transmission shifter, and a three-spoke steering wheel with optional paddle shifters are just a few of the upgrades to the available the 300S.