Chrysler’s 300C has received its first refresh since it reached the NZ market three years ago and is now offering an upgraded equipment list and cosmetic changes.
Minor changes to the rear fascia and tail lamps have been made, with the sedan now sporting a rear deck lid featuring an SRT-inspired integrated spoiler and high-mounted stop light. The dramatic nose and the long-bonnet, short-deck styling remain unchanged.
Inside, however, is another story. The interior design of the Chrysler 300C has been upgraded with a change to dark slate premium leather upholstery, LED lighting in the front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets, along with soft-touch surfaces on arm rests and door panels. Also new are the instrument panel and centre-console design, highlighted with satin silver bezels.
“Most of the changes are subtle, because you don’t want to radically alter what is already such a successful formula, so what we have aimed to do is enhance the ownership experience and value,” says David Smith General Manager of Chrysler New Zealand. “The 300C has become a benchmark for Chrysler in terms of its styling, performance and quality of craftsmanship and the new model lifts the bar even higher.”
Under the bonnet the 300C continues to offer four power options, but with some minor changes.
The 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine has improved performance and economy thanks to an all-new active, three-plenum intake manifold and ETC, which provides higher power and torque over the entire operating band, offering 183kW @ 6500 and 340Nm @ 3800rpm.
The 5.7-litre V8 HEMI-powered Chrysler 300C now has a “Fuel Saver Mode” display, included as part of the Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC), that tells drivers when they are in four-cylinder mode, allowing them to modify their driving habits for improved fuel efficiency.
Chrysler 300C Sedan and Touring are offering the Multi-Displacement System (MDS) as standard on its V8 engines. Chrysler’s MDS turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders of the 5.7-litre HEMI engine when V8 power is not needed. MDS improves fuel economy by up to 11%, depending on driving style and vehicle usage.
Some visual changes have been reserved for the Chrysler 300C SRT8, now featuring an all-new deck lid with an integrated spoiler, new tail lamps and black mesh front grille. Other unique touches to the 300C SRT8’s exterior include new body side mouldings, body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, body-colour mirrors and door handles, along with unique SRT badging.
End-user technology figures prominently in the Chrysler 300C SRT8 with new features such as the SRT-exclusive Reconfigurable Display in the cluster providing performance data, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Kicker premium surround-sound system.
Matching its high-performance character, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 continues to provide power-adjustable front sport seats accented with suede inserts (matched in the rear seats), full instrumentation, automatic temperature-control system with dual-zone controls and infrared temperature sensing, and an EVIC with 128 customer-programmable features.
Powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V8 engine producing 317kW and 569Nm of torque, the Chrysler 300C SRT8’s powertrain represents a high level of HEMI performance, with over 65 additional kilowatts 27% more than the 5.7-litre HEMI.
Chassis setup for the Chrysler 300C SRT8 is aimed at all-round performance, including SRT-tuned dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings, and large-diameter anti-sway bars. Revised front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height that is lowered 13mm from the 300C. In addition, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has been tuned for the 300C SRT8’s Adaptive Cruise Control.
Chrysler 300C pricing starts from $60,990 and currently all Chrysler dealers are offering a 1/3+ 1/3+1/3 finance deal at a 3.9% interest rate.