Fiat Chrysler 300 is still selling and will continue to sell, contrary to popular beliefs. It was said the Chrysler 300 was getting the chopper in 2020, according to automotivenewscanada.com but the head of FCA passenger, Steve Beahm, says that’s not true.
Even if there were some hesitation regarding if it will be discontinued or not, FCA is not giving up on it just yet. “I can’t deny that there has been a trend of fewer passenger cars across the industry,” Beahm admitted to carbuzz.com. “I think that our company saw that, maybe quicker than some others. And we made steps or changes within the company to deal with that. What we decided was that once that happened, our job was to [ask,] ‘How do we differentiate within the brands that are going to remain passenger-car brands?’”.
What Beahm believes to be the key to the success of the Chrysler 300 is its distinctive design. Their design is what makes them stand apart from their rivals. The 300 offers a more restrained, subtle look in keeping with its more upscale image.
Sure, they’ve thought about doing changes to the vehicle, see what could possibly work. The original plan was to replace the existing 300 with a new sedan underpinned by the front-wheel-drive platform of the Chrysler Pacifica, but Beahm admitted this wouldn’t be a good idea. Cross our fingers that it means it is getting a major revamp next year instead.
As carbuzz.com previously reported, the Chrysler 300 was getting the ax in 2020 but what was supposed to be on its place? Chrysler was not going to offer a new sedan, but instead, it was going to introduce an electric minivan called the portal, a production version of a previous concept with the same name. This production version was first introduced during the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
According to Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, the Portal will act as the brand’s fifth generation of cars. At the show, the automaker wouldn’t discuss whether the Portal will go into production based on what was seen at the 2017 NAIAS, but it’s still a possibility for 2020. Since the Portal is based on the current Pacifica minivan, an alternative electric minivan released under a different name with a design and powertrain inspired by the Portal Concept.
Like it was previously mentioned, FCA is not saying goodbye to the Chrysler 300. Beahm assured carbuzz.com that in terms of sales “it’s doing great.” “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.”
The 300 has two engines to choose from for the 2019 model: a 292-horsepower V6 (300 horsepower in the 300S model) or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines move the car well, and the base V6 has ample power for most drivers. The Chrysler sedan gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine.
The 2019 Chrysler 300 MSRP has a starting price of $29,220 (plus destination fee).
There will be no point in overhauling the Challenger and Charger when simply updating the Challenger and Charger platform will suffice for the next generation. “I’m going to use a bad phrase here, maybe. It’s like fine wine, it keeps getting better with time,” Beahm said when discussing the current platform. Here is to second chances on old favorites.
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