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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Chrysler and Jeep Take Home Top Honors From Automotive Science Group

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) U.S. vehicles have earned four awards from the Automotive Science Group (ASG) in the 2019 Automotive Performance Index (API) study. As for the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, it continues to be a leader in its class, taking two awards in its third consecutive year: the ‘Best All-around Performance’ and the ‘Best Environmental Performance.’ The 2019 Fiat 500L and the Jeep Compass have won the Economic Performance Award in their respective segments.

ASG’s automotive assessment, the Pacifica Hybrid excels all minivan in its participating division. The Pacifica Hybrid has earned a class-leading environmental performance rating. The average it exceeds in its vehicle segment is 34 percent, producing 34 percent less CO2-e release over the first six and a half years in its rotation.

“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid furthers FCA’s position in the ASG 2019 study with its 32-mile all-electric range and advanced gas-electric combination that not only reduces emissions but also significantly reduces fuel costs by leveraging the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source,” said Colby Self, managing director at ASG. “The plug-in remains unrivaled in the minivan segment, providing the best all-around performance in its class since the model was first introduced in 2017.”

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wins the Best All-around Performance Award from Automotive Science Group for the third year in a row. It still leads the minivan segment Pacifica Hybrid which holds the smallest carbon footprint on any of the 2019 minivan models, as it also earns an award for the third consecutive year; the Best Environmental Performance award. The 2019 Jeep Compass wins the Economic Performance Award for the third successive year, and the 2019 Fiat 500L outperformed all the vehicles in its class, earning the Economic Performance Award for the second consecutive year.

The 2019 Jeep Compass is the best-in-class when it comes to the retail price, is combined with its competitive fuel economy rating, which is outperformed by the 235 crossover form in its competitive class. The Jeep Compass still holds the lowest cost of ownership when considering the purchase and the operating costs across its first 6.5 years of ownership. ASG also awarded the Fiat 500L the Best Economic Performance award.

The 500L is one of the lowest priced vehicles in its wagon class. The 500L takes advantage of the car light-weighting strategies that maximize operational efficiency. It comes in as the lightest vehicle architecture available.

“The Jeep Compass and Fiat 500L both stand out in ASG’s 2019 study for their best-in-class economic performance, with both models providing the best value in their competitive segments,” said Self. “In fact, the Compass has held this title for three consecutive years, while the 500L maintains its best value proposition for the second year running.”

Automotive Science Group:

The Automotive Science Group (ASG) is a research group which was founded by the Eco-innovations, LLC, an environmental policy consultancy. ASG is changing the way value is defined in today’s automotive marketplace. It provides life-cycle data-driven findings that help consumers make purchasing decisions ecologically sustainable, socially equitable, and economically viable for the environment.

About Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reinvented the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of versatility, functionality, bold styling, and technology. Built from the ground up, the Pacifica delivers hybrid powertrains and class-leading gasoline to the minivan segment. The Hybrid takes the revolutionary vehicle one step further with its advanced hybrid powertrain.

In the minivan segment, it’s the first electrified vehicle available. It attains more than 80 miles per gallon. It has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles.

You can search the inventory of the Chrysler Pacifica and Jeep Compass 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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FCA Celebrates 35th Anniversary Edition on Chrysler Models

The 35th Anniversary Edition was designed to celebrate over 30 years of minivan leadership. With an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and new badging, the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, deliver class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains in the minivan segment. The hybrid offers an all-electric range of 30 miles and 82 MPGe when combined with its gasoline engine. Pacifica has reinvented the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of versatility.

With more than 100 honors, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most award-winning minivan in the last three years. In 1984, when Dodge created the segment with the Caravan, it became the sensation at the time, marking the passing of the station wagon, the preeminent family hauler at the time. Thirty-five years after creating the minivan segment, Chrysler continues to deliver bold style, functionality, versatility, technology, and great value.

Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid 35th Anniversary Edition

The special 35th Anniversary Edition is available on the Pacifica Touring L (which comes in gas and hybrid versions), the Touring L Plus and Limited also come in gas and hybrid models. The 35th Anniversary Edition features a Liquid Chrome Chrysler Wing Badge with a Gold Black insert on the front and fascia grille and rear liftgate along with the anniversary badge. The luxuriously all-black interior features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, bezels on the instrument panel and door handles, and also the 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the floor mats.

Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Models on the Touring L is seating for eight-passengers, Mopar overhead DVD and 18-inch wheels. On the Touring L Plus, you’ll find seating for eight-passengers and a dual-pane sunroof. Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid Touring L are the Premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display, and 17-inch wheels. The Hybrid Limited Anniversary Edition has 18-inch wheels. The S Appearance package, which gives an even sportier, blacked-out and customized exterior, can be added to any 35th Anniversary Edition Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid.

The 2019 35th-anniversary editions, in the Chrysler Pacifica, come in 10 available exterior colors: Jazz Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black, Dark Cordovan, Granite Crystal Metallic, Luxury White, Maximum Steel, Ocean Blue Metallic and Velvet Red.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s 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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The Difference Between the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

Finding a minivan that is accommodating, full of top-of-the-line specs, and is also stylish is not that hard when you’re looking at the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has six trim levels, and they are the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited, and they each have unique technology features and safety systems. Here are the differences between the six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Trim Level Comparison

The standard engine on all six trim levels on the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 which rations 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and. The top five trim levels get the Engine Stop-Start (ESS) Technology, and that produces increased fuel economy. Both engines work with a Torqueflite 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for EPA estimated fuel economy specs which deliver 18 MPG City and 28 MPG HWY, and with the ESS in-city MPG increases to 19 MPG while in the highway it stays the same at 28 MPG.

All six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also have standard seating for seven people and the option of eight passenger seating when you opt for the second-row bench seat. All trim levels feature a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with third-row fold-in-floor but the base trim level, the L, have second & third-row Stow ’n Go Seats for cargo and passenger which makes it easier for loading and unloading. Cloth seating is typical on the bottom three trim levels while on the Touring L and Touring L Plus trim levels it has the option of Perforated Leather Seats and the 2019 Pacifica Limited gets Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats.

It comes with heated front seats, and it comes standard on the upper three trim levels, and heated rear seats are standard inside two trims, the Touring L Plus, and Limited trims. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also gets equipped with a standard 7” Touchscreen Display. The high two trim levels receive an 8.4” Touchscreen. The Touring L Plus and Limited trims also get a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, a 13-Speaker Alpine Stereo, and a 7“ Color Digital Driver Information Center.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Trim Level Comparison

The plug-in hybrid is efficient enough to travel 32 miles on electricity after the battery is recharged. Even when exceeding that 32-mile range, it’s still a hybrid that’ll significantly exceed every other minivan’s fuel economy. Adding that battery weight actually improves the Pacifica.

The second-row seats, which are also available in the standard Pacifica, are also comfortable since they don’t fold flat into the floor. The same advantages that the regular Chrysler Pacifica offers are also offered in the plug-in hybrid. Included is its sharp styling and compelling technology.

The Pacific Hybrid is available with the S Appearance package, which adds an abundance of the black exterior trim. There’s also the 35th Anniversary special edition, which honors Chrysler 35 years in the market. Different trim levels also gain extra features.  

What We Like

It has an unmatched fuel economy for a 7-passenger vehicle; family-friendly tech. It has classy styling inside and out, more comfortable second-row seats than regular Pacifica. The Pacifica Hybrid uses a variation of the daily van’s 3.6-liter V6 paired which is paired with two motor/generators and a large battery pack that is fully replenished by plugging into an outside electricity source. The total system outputs 260 horsepower.

Hybrid Features & Options

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available in the Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the Touring Plus includes 17-in wheels, power-sliding doors, fog lamps, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, heated mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors. There’s also proximity entry and push-button start, a backup camera, one USB port, 3-zone automatic climate control. There’s an 8-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Touring L adds a power liftgate, adjustable roof rails, rear side window shades, an upgraded front center console, leather upholstery, and the Cold Weather Group. Optional on the Touring trims is the Uconnect Theater with Wireless Streaming, which adds two 10-in seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt house-style electrical outlet, wireless headphones, video remote controls, three rear USB ports, an HDMI input, and a Blu-ray player.

The Limited adds sliding doors and a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, power-folding, and driver-side auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and upgraded leather upholstery. There’s also a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, the Uconnect Theater System and integrated navigation. The optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds the forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, plus adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, an automated parking system, automatic wipers, and automatic high beam control.

The S Appearance package adds blacked-out exterior trim and black 18-in wheels, while also having unique interior trim. Available on the 35th Anniversary edition is the Limited and the Touring L. Add a unique “Cranberry Wine” stitching to light-colored leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation (Touring L) or 18-inch wheels (Limited).

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s 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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