Chrysler unveiled a freshened 2015 version of its 300 large sedan at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Exterior styling gets a mild facelift, with a look that Chrysler calls “more sculptural and expressive.” Highlights of the updated design are a more prominent grille with a “floating” Chrysler wing badge, LED fog lamps and daytime running lamps, and LED taillights.
The freshened interior features a new three-spoke steering wheel, full-color 7-inch driver information display screen, and electronic rotary-knob transmission gear selector for the standard 8-speed automatic. In a novel twist on typical interior-trim options, the 300’s designers have created four unique trim packages inspired by American cities: La Jolla, California; Manhattan, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and Sausalito, California. Each interior has colors, materials, and design elements inspired by its respective city.
The 300’s 292-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 and 363-hp 5.7-liter V8 engines carry over mostly unchanged, though new technology features include electric power steering and a “Sport” button. The latter activates sport-tuned steering, sharper engine and transmission response, and rear-biased torque on all-wheel-drive models for more-dynamic handling. New-for-2015 safety features include Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and 9-1-1 Call/Assist Call functionality.
Also added this year is a line-topping 300C Platinum model, which features upscale trim touches such as quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, Poltrona Frau (a high-end Italian furniture maker) leather-wrapped instrument panel and console, along with platinum-chrome finished exterior details 20-inch wheels.
Production of the 2015 Chrysler 300 starts in late 2014, and sales should begin soon thereafter.
After the dramatic revamp that the Dodge Charger received for 2015, the Chrysler 300’s updates seem a bit tame by comparison, at least from a visual standpoint. Still, Chrysler has done an admirable job keeping the 300’s aging basic platform as fresh as possible with this latest round of astute technology updates and new high-end trim choices.