The Chrysler 300 is a full-size luxury and was first displayed to the public at the New York Auto Show in 2003 as a concept car. Sales of this vehicle started in April of 2004 in the United States as the 2005 model. This vehicle was designed by Ralph Gilles in 2001 and the new 300 was built as a high-end sedan, though the SRT-8 was meant to be the high-performance variant with a stronger more powerful engine. Since the 2011 model 300, it has been sold in various European markets as the Lancia Thema.
The entire design for the Chrysler 300 was heavily influenced by the Chrysler LX platform, which uses rear wheel drive and a number of components that come from the W211 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which was produced from 2003-2009. Some of the components that the Chrysler 300 shares with this vehicle include the rear suspension, wiring harnesses, steering column, seat frames, and its 5-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle also uses a double wishbone front suspension that comes from the W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The base model 300 comes equipped with 17” wheels as well as four-wheel disc brakes, an auxiliary input jack, a single disc mp3 player, a 4-speed automatic transmission, and a power driver seat.
The Touring model of this vehicle uses a 3,518 cc V6 engine which is capable of producing up to 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque and either a four or five speed transmission, depending on the year of the vehicle as well as the drive configuration. This vehicle also comes with 17” aluminum wheels as well as AM/FM radio, SIRIUS satellite radio, Electronic Stability Program, leather trimmed seats, and remote keyless entry. It was eventually renamed as the Touring Plus for both the 2009 and 2010 models.
The Limited model 300 includes a number of impressive features, including the 3.5 liter V6 engine which is capable of generating up to 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque with either a four or five-speed transmission. Some of the additional features for the Limited model include anti-roll bars and 18” chrome-clad aluminum wheels. The 300C, which is Chrysler’s higher-end model, uses a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 as well as the Multidisplacement System. The engine in this vehicle can run on four cylinders when lower power is required so as to reduce its overall fuel consumption. The 300c received a fuel economy rating of 15 miles per gallon or 16 liters per 100 km, with 18 mpg in the city and 23 mph on the highway.
There is also the SRT8, which uses a 6.1 liter Hemi engine that is capable of producing up to 425 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. There are a number of other variants of the Chrysler 300, including the station wagon which was sold in Europe as well as Australia. The station wagon version of this vehicle was sold as the 300C Touring and shared a majority of its sheet metal aft of the C-pillar with the Dodge Magnum.
There was also the Diesel version of the 300 which was also sold in Europe and Australia and came with a 3.0 liter diesel V6 engine which was rated for 218 PS and 376 pound-feet of torque. The fuel economy for the diesel version of this vehicle is 26.2 mpg or 9.0 liters/100 km with 42.8 mpg in the city and 51.4 mpg on the highway. The 300 is definitely one of Chrysler’s more popular models because of its innovative designs and features.