New features for the luxury muscle car include exterior touches like a new grille, new LED lighting and new wheels, and interior elements that include a 7-inch information display. A larger 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen is available as an upgrade, with navigations packages included in the some models.
An eight-speed automatic enables what Chrysler calls “V-8 performance with segment-leading 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency.”
Chrysler is offering the 300 in four models – the 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum, which replaces the John Varvatos Luxury Edition models from last year.
The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V-6, available on all four models, producing 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 gets fuel economy of 19 city and 31 highway on the RWD models and 18 city and 27 highway in all-wheel-drive versions.
But the 300, except for the Limited, also comes with a 5.7 liter HEMI V8, likely to generate the most sales. The engine includes fuel-saving technology that allows it to act like a four-cylinder engine when less power is needed, available in the 300S, 300C and 300 Platinum.
It makes 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, capable of zero-to-60 mph in less than six seconds, according to Chrysler.
Pricing starts at $32,390 on the Limited, and rises to $35,880 on the 300S and $38,880 on the 300C and $43,380 on the newly introduced 300C Platinum.
All four models come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer all-wheel drive.
The automaker is also offering an array of interior design choices, each named after a city that inspired its look. “La Jolla, California,” for example, is a gentle wash of indigo and linen that characterizes the sea and sand of the oceanfront community, while “Detroit, Michigan” is a black-and-blue color palette that epitomizes the bruised, “never say die” attitude of that city.