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For 2013, buyers can get a Chrysler 300C with a V6, and the 300S V6 has a boost to 300 horsepower. The Hemi is now optional on 300S and 300C, while AWD is available on the 300. The company has split up the Light Group (HID headlamps and such) from SafetyTec, while adding rain-sensitive wipers to SafetyTec. The Limited model appears to have been dropped. A black painted roof will be optional on SRT8 and S. Every model, including the base 300, has standard leather. The Beats sound system is optional on all trims, standard on 300S. A new Chrysler 300 Glacier combines AWD with various appearance features, and the 300 horsepower setup from the 300S. New colors include Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Jazz Blue and Phantom Black Tri-Coat.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 features an optional eight-speed automatic with the V6, which will later be phased in for Hemi models. The 2012 300 SRT8 packs 465 horsepower; and 2012 also brings the Beat-equipped 300 S and high-end Chrysler 300C Luxury Series (née Executive).
The base engine on Chrysler 300 is a V6 pushing out 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, with better highway mileage than the 2010 V6 and gas mileage rated at 19 city, 31 highway (on AWD models, due to extra demand on the driveline, weight, aerodynamics, and higher-resistance tires, that drops to 18/27). The 300S model has a 300 horsepower version of the V6 engine and a “sport mode.”
The eight-speed automatic dropped V6 0-60 times to 6.6 seconds, while raising gas mileage by around 3-4 mpg. The five-speed automatic, still used on Hemi cars, maintains the same gear ratios, with revised axle ratios. The 5.7 liter Hemi went up slightly to 363 horsepower, but gas mileage increased; 0-60 times are quoted at under 6 seconds.
Europeans also get a 188 hp or 236 hp (their choice) VM diesel, with better gas mileage, more power, quieter operation, and reportedly better durability than the Mercedes diesel used in 2010.
There are four models (and an SRT8 for the 2012 model year): Touring (with V6), Limited (with V6, leather, heated front seats, fog lamps, backup camera, 18-inch chrome wheels, bright door handles, and more), 300C (standard V8), and 300C AWD. For 2013, again, Limited was dropped, 300S added, 300C V6 added.
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See above for 2013 comparisons.
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