The Chrysler 300C Is Getting A Performance Appearance Upgrade

For the Sport Appearance Package, Chrysler added it as an option in 2017 to the 300 sedan, the 300S, which is a sporty trim level. The package added trim pieces from the 300 SRT sedan, which is not available in the U.S., such as the SRT-style side skirts and front fascia with LED foglights. Mopar Insiders have reported that as of June 2019, the same upgrade is available on the top-level 300C trim as in the Performance Appearance Package. 

For reasons, only Chrysler knows, only the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand are getting the 300 SRT. With it comes the 6.4-liter V8 with 469 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque, with the limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and Bilstein dampers. Autoblog.com believes that it’s possible the absence of the 300 SRT is here because Chrysler wants North American audiences to see Dodge as the performance brand.

But what about its Chrysler cousin? A reader of thetruthaboutcars.com has suggested the 300 Touring could make a suitable applicant. It’s difficult to ignore when that figure routinely touches 25 percent considering the incentive spending in Ace of Base. 

The 300C is the only 300 vehicle in the U.S. that is offered with the 345 HEMI. It has a V8 that delivers 363 horsepower. It comes with a 394 pound-feet of torque while delivering up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway. 

The 300 SRT is available with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 in markets in Australia. It also has the Bilstein dampers, limited-slip differential, launch control, and Brembo braking system. If that wasn’t enough, the plot thickens further given the success of the Dodge Hellcat and Charger with the 392 and engine options. 

Later in 2019, the 300C will receive the Sport Appearance Package. However, it will not have the 392 HEMI V8. A small infuriating detail about the 5.7-liter engine is that the 300C plays second to the Ram 1500, a pickup truck with mild-hybrid assistance, up to 395 horsepower, and 410 pound-feet of torque.

Chrysler has two models in its lineup for the time being; like a shadow of its former self. Those models are the 300 and Pacifica minivan, and it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid for eco-friendly customers. As for Lancia, the once-great automaker with ten titles in the World Rally Championship has been reduced to the Ypsilon subcompact hatchback and the Italian market. 

Anyone intending to buy a 300 vehicle should be happy the four-door is still for sale. The model, although eight years old, hasn’t been the subject of anything close to hard news since September of 2018. Automotive News Canada reported that the car would die in 2020 to make room for the new concept of the six-passenger Portal. 

Back in 2016, the late Sergio Marchionne told reuters.com that the 300 could go front-wheel drive on the Pacifica platform, but that fate was arguably worse than killing the car. All there is now are rumors and speculations, such as when roadandtrack.com wrote a “major refresh [is] … supposedly being planned already,” and others see a possibility that the 300/Charger/Challenger trio could live into the next decade. Moral of the story? The 300’s irons are as hot as they’re ever going for the moment. 

Driving It:

Chrysler’s 2019 300 sedans can be summed up with a few choice words: “comfortable, quiet and powerful.” The 300 offers plenty of enthusiasm, even from the standard V6 engine. The 363-horsepower Hemi V8 available delivers a heart-stopping acceleration, its 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission is precise and smooth, and the Sport mode tweaks the transmission’s shift points and it’s standard on the 300S and the 300C.

The straight-line performance is outstanding, but on models other than the 300S and 300C, it’s Chrysler’s most admirable quality — although it can undoubtedly outmaneuver the Hyundai Azera and the Toyota Avalon. The additional exhaust and thrust rumble of the V8 is unquestionably desirable. It’s the best combination of performance, efficiency, and the price is for the V6-powered 300S with a light smattering of optional apparatus. 

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300 at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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