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No worries over FWD 300C for now

by David Zatz on

Rumors of a large front wheel drive Chrysler car have been coming and going for well over a decade now.  While the original 300 was a major hit in terms of image and “street cred,” the Chrysler LX cars did not have the same sales momentum as the front wheel drive Chrysler LH before them.

Chrysler LH vs LX sales

Dodge did well with its rear wheel drive large cars once the Charger appeared. Dodge, that said, went from the single Intrepid sedan to a wagon and sedan, then a sedan and coupe. Chrysler went from various trim levels, nameplates, and car lengths to the single 300 (with trim variants). Even before its original exterior look was dropped, though, fashion took its toll and sales fell.

FCA does not seem to have immediate plans to go front wheel drive with its big Chrysler cars. Rear wheel drive 300s are reportedly  slated to run through the 2020 model year; after that, our crystal ball gets cloudy. We speculate that the 300 is in for a refresh in the 2019 model year, to the driven wheels will stay in back. After 2020, all bets are off.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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