Chrysler (the brand) has few changes to its model lineup for 2014, as expected; the 300/300C are still fairly fresh on their updates, with a full redesign due for the 2015 model year, and the 200 is living out its remaining days waiting for a brand new 200 to come out of development and into the plant. The Town & Country minivans are, like 300, living from a recent 2011 refresh to a 2015-or-2016 model-year renewal, though some expect the current models to get a nine-speed automatic (at least on higher end versions) before they leave… depending on whether the company can ramp up nine-speed production, with many other factors coming into play.
Update: Town & Country S was added, with Touring plus a number of options and cosmetic changes.
For 2014, Chrysler 300/300C remains about the same, with Laguna leather becoming optional on 300C SRT. “Pewter Gray Pearl” is a new paint color, while Glacier Pearl and Deep Auburn will leave. The company expects the base 300 Touring to be the volume leader, followed by 300 S. The relatively pricey 300C and 300C Luxury Series (V8 now optional) are each expected to grab around 1/10 of buyers, with SRT actually outselling either one in corporate projections. All wheel drive is expected to remain the preference of buyers above the price-sensitive Touring level.
Update: for US sale, all 300s come with leather; models are 300, 300S, 300C, and 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition. All have the V6 standard; 300S V8 no longer requires Luxury Group, and Safety Tec no longer requires Light Group (except on 300). A new black painted roof was added in late 2013 for S and SRT.
Chrysler 200, sedan and convertible, appears to have no changed other than the replacement of Tungsten Metallic and Deep Auburn on the convertible with Granite Crystal Metallic. The vast majority of 200 sedans are the base LX model (with six-speed now optional), though Touring and Limited are financially attractive as well. Sales for Convertible are less price-constrained; with buyers going mainly for the top Limited and S models.
Update: on 200 Sedan, the V6 is now standard on LX, optional on Touring; the LX four cylinder is gone.
Chrysler Town & Country appears to be unchanged except for the addition of “Mocha Java Pearl” (black?) and the dropping of Crystal Blue Pearl on sedan
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