High Hopes for the 2018 Chrysler 300

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There is no denying the fact that the Chrysler 300 looks a little different when compared to the competition, but Chrysler are using that to their advantage, in fact, Head of Design for the 300, Ralph Gilles quite openly states that the next-generation 300 “will continue to have a unique presence”.

The current 300 is one of those cars that split opinion – like it or loathe it – there doesn’t really seem to be a middle ground. As for us, we actually quite like the look of the 300 – although we have seen an example dressed up as a Rolls-Royce – that’s just wrong! On so many levels.

2018 Chrysler 300 Inside and Out

Contents

1. Inside and out
2. V8 or V6?
3. Toys
4. The Rest of it

We know that the new Chrysler 300 is going to get a complete makeover, both internally and externally, it will be more than just a face-lift – the regular grille, headlamps and bumpers. Inside the 300, the interior is likely to get an upgrade with the materials used – more soft-touch plastics for example.

It has to be said, while America may love the American cars, in Europe they are known for the cheap, hard plastics used that never seem to fit together too well. So perhaps Chrysler will try and put that right.

We also know that the trim materials – the leather – will be of a higher grade, but really – are you going to notice it? It isn’t so much about the leather (unless of course it’s paper-thin), but how they fit together and the stitching – that’s the main thing that would make a difference to any trim material.

Moving to the exterior of the car, we can only wait for Chrysler to release the final designs, but they’ll walk the fine line between making it recognizably Chrysler 300 and giving it an update – the Head of Design as already said that he wants it to remain unique, so we know that significant updates are in store. Yes there is no doubt that the obvious bits already mentioned (grille & headlamps for example) will be swapped out for something different, but the changes won’t stop there.

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V8 or V6?

We like the idea of a big V8 in any vehicle, it’s just … right. But will Chrysler fit the 5.7 liter Hemi V8 in to the new 300? We’d like to think so, but in all honesty, there is a bigger chance that they won’t – no matter how good the tech gets, they still aren’t that economical and that goes against every bit of legislation that the government are trying to bring about.It’s much more likely that we’ll get a V6, perhaps a turbo or two and about 3.6 liters capacity – much more fuel-efficient, smoother and still delivers the horsepower that we all want. Whatever the engine fitted, it will be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission and will be rear-wheel drive with an all-wheel drive option.

Although many manufacturers are currently trying to introduce hybrid power everywhere, we don’t think that the 300 will get hybrid technology, at least not in the early-production cycle, there’s a chance that we may see it later – the 300 could be an ideal vehicle for it – luxurious sedan, plenty of power, powerful motor – the recipe is right.

If we get a V6 turbo, then power levels should be around 300 BHP, whereas a V8 version would be closer to 370 BHP – both useful power figures.

Toys

No doubt that the equipment list will be long, we don’t know what is going to be fitted as standard or what will be an extra, but we’d guess the base model will come in at about $34,000, so although we’ll get nice bits like leather seats and decent trim, there may not be many toys fitted for that price.

Compare with the 2017 Chrysler 300 price

Will we see autonomy in the new 2018 Chrysler 300? Very doubtful at this stage – it’s still quite an expensive technology, and although many car makers are looking to incorporate elements of it in their new models, it tends to be an option for models further up the price bracket – you may get to see it offered as an extra on the fully-load flagship model, but it wouldn’t be available (even as an extra) for the lower models.

Having said that, there will be plenty of other technology being offered – rear-view camera, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking systems, pre-collision warning, lane departure and lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, Hi-Def navigation, touchscreen infotainment system, parking sensors, possibly an auto-park feature … pretty much everything you’d expect from a luxury sedan.

The Rest of the 2018 Chrysler 300

OK, it’s never really going to be a threat to BMW or Mercedes-Benz, but it hasn’t really been designed to be that; it’s just a good-looking car, dressed-up with some fancy technology and leather that does what you need it to do.

We like the 300 and if history is anything to go by, the new one should be something to look forward to.

Although it’s being badged as a 2018 Model Year, it is unlikely that we are going to see it before 2018 – you’d normally expect to see it arriving sometime in the last quarter of the previous year at the latest. Rumor has it that we may not even see it at a show until the second quarter of 2018, with sales and full-dealer roll-out happening round halfway through 2018. We’d guess that Chrysler will be keeping it untouched for a while if that is the case.

What do you think of the new Chrysler 300? Do you like the styling or is it something that should only be sold in a world full of blind-people? We like it, but let us know in the comments as to what you think – your opinion matters!

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Comments
  • geoff

    thank god I just bought a 2015 Chrysler 300 limited because that 2018 redesign is awful. Looks less like a Bentley and more like a lacrosse. Doesn’t have that executive feel at all. Sucks they are going to make one of my favorite cars ugly.

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2018 Chrysler 300 might be totally redesigned with the new front-wheel drive platform and more fuel-efficient powertrains.

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