2015-2017 and 2019 Chrysler 300C, 300S, and 300 cars

300S

Reviews: 300S300C
Specifications, Prices, and Safety

2011-14 300/300C/300S

Chrysler 300C forum • 300C SRT8
Pentastar V6 • Hemi • 8 Speed

The Chrysler 300 follows the path blazed by the Dodge Charger and Challenger: every 2015-17 300, 300C, and 300S has an eight-speed automatic, regardless of engine; and both 300S and V8 buyers get a new Sport mode, which affects the transmission, engine, and steering.

The eight-speed had a dramatic effect on the V6 engine when it was launched in 2012, but it is likely to knock just half a second off 0-60 acceleration for the Hemi. That said, the wide-gear-range V8 will provide a better driving experience than the old five-speed, and despite identical EPA estimates, should have better real-life gas mileage, especially for those who cruise at 75 mph or above.

The Curse-O-Matic shifter, which did not stay in place and had small spaces between the detents, has been replaced by a knob shifter, which is has wider gear spacing and a more “mechanical” feel (though both are fully electronic). The V6 remains standard on every model; the Hemi is optional on anything but the base 300 Limited.

knob shifter

The all-wheel-drive V8 is missing as 2015 rolls around, though the AWD option is available with the six.

  2012-2014 V6 2015 V6 2011-14 V8 2015 V8
Horsepower (kW) 292 292 or 300 363 363
Torque (Nm) 260 260 or 264 394 394
EPA gas mileage 19/31 RWD • 18/27 AWD 16/25 RWD
Canada gas mileage 23/37 RWD • 22/33 AWD 18/31 (?) 19/30
0-60 time 6.6 not stated <6 sec? <6 sec

Sport mode shifts as fast as 250 milliseconds, down from the prior 400 ms. Sport mode also changes the steering, pedal response, engine response, and shifting; andd, on cars with all wheel drive (AWD), keeps the AWD system on full time, with a rear torque balance. Drivers can switch to Sport mode using the shifter.

awd

The AWD setup drops fuel economy from 19/31 to 18/27, as it did in 2014, while conserving fuel by including a front axle disconnect system and active transfer case. In Sport mode, it stays in AWD, with a rear torque bias.

2017 Chrysler 300S Updates

2017 Chrysler 300S

The Exterior Sport Appearance Package is standard on the 2017 300S Hemi and optional on the V6; it has a more aggressively styled front fascia, with larger air intakes and LED fog lamps set up as strips of eight horizontal LEDs. It comes with 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels and a deck lid spoiler.

The Interior Sport Appearance Package uses new, heated and ventilated perforated leather seats with high-bolstered contours in suede for lateral support during spirited driving.

sport package

The 2017 Chrysler 300S has new glossy black interior trim on the instrument panel, door panel, and instrument cluster bezels, along with light gray colored accent stitching.

2017 300S Sport

New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a “straight shade” hue, adding to the already available Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl and Redline Red Tri-coat.

The 300S interior has been upgraded in accents an materials, optional heated and ventilated seats, and a new black with gray leather option. Finally, the Alloy Edition package has dark bronze accents on a blacked-out exterior, with black Nappa leather inside (with contrasting caramel stitching and silvery accents). All 300s will get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support.

300C SRT, Hellcat, and 6.4 300C

Do not expect a Hellcat in the 300.

Daniel Bennett wrote:

2015 chrysler 300c srtWith left hand drive (“LHD”) Chrysler 300 SRT mules popping up in the past few weeks, one may ask whether they are building them for US consumption.

The answers leave us with more questions than when we started. There are LHD 300 SRTs with the 6.4 being built for the 2015 model year, but they are for export only.

Chrysler’s parts catalog confirms that there is no US spec 6.4 300 for 2015. It is not definitive, but it is usually accurate.

We were also directly told that there would be no 2015 300 SRT for the US, but that statement leaves a lot of wiggle room, because that does not rule out a 6.4 powered car under a different name. Nor does it rule out a 2016 300 SRT.

2015 Chrysler 300 SRT8 spy shot

Realistically, we will not see a 6.4 powered 300 until at least the 2016 model year. With that said, what will it be called? Rumors indicate that the 2015 Chrysler 300S is gaining many of the 300 SRT’s visual cues: front fascia, rear spoiler, etc. Is this in preparation for having a 2016 300S that will be 6.4 powered, along the line of Challenger Scat Packs? Or is it just making use of parts that have already been developed?

Technical updates

The rear wheel drive setup has electric power steering to reduce parasitic losses (reducing fuel usage by 1.5% vs. a belt-driven hydraulic pump), improves on-center tracking, and cuts steering noise, while reducing the number of parts and eliminating power steering fluid; the computer adjusts steering effort to driving conditions, analyzing the steering angle, car speed, engine speed, and chassis control, 13 times per second.

A lower-friction, cast-aluminum axle and axle housing saves weight. The new axle is a four-bolt design for greater durability, while the old one was a three-bolt. The eight-speed automatic — made by Chrysler (845RE) for V6 cars and by ZF (8HP70) for V8 cars — weighs just four pounds more than the prior five-speed (at 194 lb).

300S body

The front suspension sits in a cradle of tubular steel, with hyraulic mounts; the car uses monotube shock absorbers and a lower front shock to suspension link bushing. In back, the five-link suspension continues, with roll-steer geometry to allow independent control of camber and toe movement; it has monotube shocks, urethane jounce bumpers and suspension links, and rubber shock absorber bushings. The rear cradle uses rubber mounts. The camber is more aggressive than before, set at -1.0° in front and -1.75° in back.

wheelsThere are now three suspension/tire-wheel combinations, with the 300 and 300C comfort-tuned with 17 or 18 inch wheels; touring-tuned on 300C Platinum and 300C with 20-inch wheels; and sport-tuned, on 300S.

The cabin has been tuned for sound quality rather than just noise level, by isolating powertrain, road, and wind noise; upgrades include two composite underbody panels (for more than eight square feet of acoustic insualtion). The 300 also has a dual pane acoustic windshield and acoustic front-door side glass, body cavity foam, under-flush rolled-frame doors with triple seals, and acoustic wheel well liners.

chrysler 300S car

Materials include hot-stamped ultra high strength steel in the A-pillars, doors, upper front rail section, and windshield header; thin, lightweight dual-phased steel (double the strength of high strength steel) in the inner-front rails and engine box area; transformation induced plasticity steel in the B-pillar, lower header, and rocker areas; nylon composite reinforcements in the upper header cavities and pillars; and laser brazing in the unibody for smoother roof panel and rail sections.

Chrysler claims to have maintained best in class interior noise.

Gizmos ’n’ gadgets: UConnect 2 and more

clockThe 300 already had an 8.4 inch touchscreen stereo/navigation display, but now it also has the Chrysler-trademark 7-inch dashboard display. The customizable display is not as elaborate or integrated as the one in the Dodge Dart, but expands the traditional trip computer (or “EVIC”) setup. It can show a digital speedometer, turn by turn navigation, transmission temperature, and a range of other material. It is controlled from five steering wheel buttons, for greater ease of use than some past systems, and has three areas to always show time, outside temperature, audio information, the compass heading, average mileage, or the speed.

The modern look of the blue (for technology? it is not helpful for night vision) gauges clash somewhat with the elegant clock. The fuel and temperature gauges, both high-resolution LCD displays, are straight from the Cherokee.

The 8.4 inch touch screen is standard across the line; a navigation system is optional (standard with 300C). The system includes a six-month trial of Uconnect Access service and five years of Uconnect Access via Mobile. Owners can bring their own USB and SD cards filled with music, or hook up an iPod (but why would they, instead of a cheap memory card?). For two-driver families, you can have two memory cards hooked up and choose between them.

The navigation system now includes a free five year trial of Travel Link (gas prices, movies, sports, weather, etc.) and satellite traffic service, and all cars have voice recognition for mobile phones, music, and texting. With the extra-cost Uconnect Access service, owners can remotely lock or unlock doors or start their vehicles via the web or a smartphone.

3d navigation

UConnect Access now has over-the-air updates, and owners can upgrade their systems after buying the car. Uconnect includes a 9-1-1 call button on the rearview mirror for a direct connection to emergency services. An Assist button summons help from a roadside assistance provider or Chrysler’s Customer Care.

As with current cars, when a text is received from a paired Bluetooth mobile phone, Uconnect Access will announce the text and sender, and read it aloud. New to the car, drivers can dictate a short reply; the system sends the message to a cloud-based voice-recognition server, which reads it back before sending it to prevent errors. It is hands-free and does not require memorizing commands in advance.

knob

With UConnect Access, drivers have Yelp integrated with the navigation system, and on-demand Wi-Fi hotspots which can be purchased for a day, week, or month. Personal Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Slacker Internet radio accounts and streamed audio can be used, through owners’ own data plans. Pandora allows use of the steering wheel controls for song skipping, and thumbs up/down via the touch screen.

The three audio systems are:

  • Alpine with a 276-watt, eight-channel amplifier, and two 3.5 inch speakers in the dashboard, two 6x9s in the front doors, and two 6x9s in the rear shelf.
  • Beats with a 552-watt, 12-channel amplifier and three 3.5 inch speakers in the dash, the same 6x9 placements as the Alpine system, two 3.5s in the rear doors, and two eight inch subwoofers, one in the trunk, and one in the rear shelf area.
  • Harman Kardon GreenEdge: a high-voltage, Class D 900-watt, 12-channel surround amp with three 3.5” Unity speakers in the dash, 6x9 subwoofers in the front doors, 6x9 speakers in the rear doors, twin 6x9 subwoofers in the rear shelf, twin 6x9 speakers in the rear shelf, and one ten-inch subwoofer in the rear shelf (that should add up to 19 speakers).

Features with pricing: 2015 Chrysler 300 / 300C / 300S car lineup

So far, there’s been no word from Chrysler as to whether the 300 series will make it to Europe. Chances are they will not, with their place filled instead by new Alfa Romeos.

Chrysler 300 Limited (possibly to be sold as Touring in Canada) adds features to the base 2014 cars. It includes heated leather front seats, the newest Uconnect 8.4A with voice commands, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and SD card, auxiliary, and USB ports, two USB recharging ports, 7-inch full-color trip computer, leather seating with heated front seats, 12-way power front seats, leather-wrapped tilt/telescope steering wheel with controls, keyless entry and start, alarm, dual-zone automatic climate control with humidity sensor, cabin air filter, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, floor mats, two power outlets, and extensive LED interior illumination.

Each series has different grilles: black with bright surround on 300, black chrome on 300S, and granite crystal with chrome surround on 300C.

Outside, it has bi-function projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, cap-less fuel-filler door with power release, heated mirrors, dual exhaust tips, and extensive use of chrome.

It starts at $32,390 including destination, the same price as the 2014 base model, but rebates are likely to be lower if they exist at all, and leasing should be more attractive thanks to higher expected residuals.

300S and 300C

Chrysler 300S raises the standard engine to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, also adding a sport-tuned dual exhaust. Damping has been increased since 2014. A revised Sport mode cuts shift times from around 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increases engine and throttle responsiveness, adjusts electronic stability control (ESC) settings, and firms the steering feel of the new electric power steering (EPS) system. (Drivers can alter the feel of the electric power steering regardless, it seems, in normal, sport, and comfort modes; comfort provides the most assist, normal the least.) Sport mode is accessed both via dashboard button and via the knob shifter itself, where low gear normally would be.

power steering

Inside, the Chrysler 300S model includes black or blue-with-indigo Nappa leather with silver accent stitching, sport seats, and glossy black trim with matte gray hydrographic accents. A rear backup camera, remote start, and universal garage door opener are standard, with a Beats Audio system.

Outside, the Chrysler 300S has blacked-out and body-color design details and new glossy black 20-inch aluminum wheels. New for 2015, the Hemi is optional; it includes special side sills and a deck-lid spoiler. The 300S starts at $35,890, including destination.

300C Platinum

Chrysler 300C, once the only way to get a V8, starts with the V6. It is based on the Limited, with heated/cooled perforated Nappa leather seating and heated second row seats, a 360-degree heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power tilt-and- telescoping steering column, memory for radio, driver’s seat, and auto-dimming mirrors with (user-controllable) auto-tilt in Reverse, power rear sunshade, satin chrome lower door sills, LED-illuminated front footwells, and a trunk mat. It also has navigation, Travel Link, and and traffic, and the Alpine stereo. It also has a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The Hemi is optional and brings Sport mode and paddle shifters. The starting price is $38,890, including destination.

300C Platinum

Replacing the ostentatious Varvatos cars is the Chrysler 300C Platinum, which adds a two-tone Indigo/Linen interior to the black option, with segment-exclusive quilted and perforated Nappa leather on front and rear seats; Nappa leather door panels with exclusive quilted inserts; ultra-premium Poltrona Frau Foligno leather instrument panel and center console wrapping; French accent stitching; black or two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters and chrome accent ring; and hand-sanded, matte-finished natural pore wood.

The 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum trades chrome accents for a Platinum Chrome. It, too, can have the Hemi with Sport mode and paddle shifters. This one costs $43,390 including destination.

Claimed “Bests” and “Uniques”

Chrysler claims that the 300 tops the upper large car segment in:

  • V-6 combined and highway fuel economy, and driving range
  • V-8 driving range, horsepower, and torque
  • Interior and rear seat volume
  • Largest touchscreen display
  • Most technologically advanced AWD system
  • Largest dual-pane sunroof (optional)

2015 Chrysler 300S blackout

Class exclusive are:

  • Front axle disconnect with active transfer case
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional illuminated dual heated and cooled cup holders
  • Rotary transmission shifter

Styling and design

Subtle changes to the front of the car add up to a major difference in its appearance. Designers talked about making it look more fluid and sculpted; the grille is taller and more prominent, with a new texture. The Chrysler wing badge “appears to float within the dramatic grille texture and highlights the new face of Chrysler.” Underneath the upper grille is a “chrome Mobius strip,” drawn from the new 200 and surrounding the optional new LED fog lamps. The projector beam headlamps have adaptive forward lighting to show road curves. There are seven new wheel designs.

gauges

In back, new LED tail-lamps have an illuminated halo (and eschew the chrome details of the 2014s). The restyled rear fascia has “a more fluid surface” and a “tailored chrome fascia trim accent.” Again, attempts were made to tie the 300 to the 200.

New colors include Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat and, for the 300S, Redline 3 Tri-coat Pearl. Returning are Billet Silver, Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.

The designers claim that the “indigo/linen” interior was inspired by La Jolla’s sandy expanses and coves. Black was inspired by Manhattan, black and blue from Detroit (the reasons were not explained.) Black and linen was inspired by Sausalito, California:

Inside a peaceful Zen is represented by the Linen and black materials. Bright Chrome and Satin Chrome accents highlight the environment while Charcoal Metallic hydrographic accents with black stitching and Black Olive Ash Burl wood with Bronze stitching accents provide 300 Limited and 300C models with a high level of craftsmanship.

300S interior

The cars continue to have redundant hardware controls for most functions, providing a more tactile experience and allowing drivers to do most things without taking attention from the road. Not included in this are balance, fade, and audio quality controls.

The center armrest / console can slide fore and aft, and includes a rubber-matted, flocked sliding change tray, flocked storage, and spring-capped media hub. Dual front cup holders are covered with a door, with light rings and rubberized spring-finger pinchers to hold various sized containers. Optional cooled/heated cup holders glow blue (cold) and red (hot), as in the 2014s.

Chrysler 300C Platinum interior

Oversized pockets on all four doors integrate large bottle holders and grained surfacing, while a cubby bin provides covered access, a rubberized mat, and accent lighting. An oversized glove box incorporates a center light and an upper shelf for the owner’s manual.

The front seats continue to have sculpted seat backs that provide nearly 1 inch of additional rear passenger knee room. The seat tracks are placed to increase rear passenger foot space.

As with the Dodge Charger and Challenger, and all large Chrysler cars since the late 1990s, the Chrysler 300 series is made in Brampton, Ontario.

2016 changes

The 2016 Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition started with the Limited (rather oddly), adding Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, Traffic and Travel Link, the dual-pane sunroof, and commemorative appointments. A new SafetyTec Plus group included the full panoply of safety features. The touring suspension was improved on Limited, which also packed more standard features. Black Forest Green was available on all but 300S.

300S gains a new performance tuned suspension with higher spring rates, revised steering and bushings, Eagle F1 three-season tires (optional), and larger sway bars (Hemi only). Shifts have been cut to 250 ms.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 or 392

chrysler 300C srt8

A Chrysler 300C with a 392 engine just seems right, by tradition — some of the greatest Chrysler cars were in the 300 letter series, powered by 392 cubic inch first generation Hemis. That might explain recent sightings by two correspondents of what they claimed were 6.4-powered 300s, one without any camouflage at all.

300 392 tail-lights

The driver of this test car insisted, “No photos,” so there are no interior shots.

headlights

more tail-lights

The 2019 Chrysler 300 series

The future. The 2018 or 2019 Chrysler 300 series will move to the new styling cues of the 2015 Chrysler 200. Many people expect 300C to move to the Maserati Ghibli type of front suspension; the Ghibli itself is based on the 300C, with the major changes being in the engines and front suspension.

Some believe Chrysler will follow the 1990s plan of having both rear and front wheel drive variants. Thus, Charger could be kept as a rear wheel drive car, and the 300 could be converted to front wheel drive, with a larger cabin, becoming more accessible to non-enthusiast buyers. Either way, it is almost certain to keep the V6; whether it keeps the V8 is still unknown, a decision that may depend on the choice of driven wheels and the price of fuel.

The European Lancia Thema and Chrysler 300 series is likely to be dropped and replaced by Alfa Romeo versions of the Maserati Ghibli.

alfa romeo 169

Mopar392 said that the Charger and 300 would become modified Maserati Ghiblis, with parts swapped or altered as needed to reduce the cost; he described the Ghibli as being an LX with modifications, particularly to the front suspension, for a Maserati feel. The main differences between the cars are engines, styling, and the design of the front suspension. We believe the two sets of cars will merge in their next generation, but that the changes will be lighter for the 2015s.

What we predicted

Every 300 to have an eight speed
(Late) No SRT
Possible 392 engine without SRT name
x Better economy for the 5.7 Hemi
car check UConnect 2 Via Mobile, customizable gauges, new steering wheels
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The following image was shown on the telematics systems of other 2015 cars.

2015 300C preview

JackRatchett extrapolated the full car from earlier rumors.

2015 Chrysler 300C

Dang, he was close.

2015 chrysler 300

Martin Torres got the grille texture and nearly got the lower grille. However, designers apparently wanted to avoid getting the 300 to look too much like the Charger or Challenger.

2015 chrysler 300C car rendering

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