As it has recently been hinted by FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Chrysler 300 will be completely redesigned in the very near future. Some sources suggest that we could see its successor go on sale for the 2018 model year. The second generation of this popular sedan has been around since 2010. The time has come for some serious changes. According to official statements, the redesigned 2018 Chrysler 300 could share its underpinnings with the Pacifica minivan. Rumor also has it that this model could benefit from a front-wheel drive powertrain for the first time ever. If everything goes as planned, the future Chrysler 300 is likely to hit the market in early 2018.
2018 Chrysler 300 Features
Details concerning the next-generation 300’s design are still scarce. At the moment, we can say with much certainty that the 2018 Chrysler 300 will use the Pacifica’s architecture. As a matter of fact, it is expected to share the same Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform that should underpin the new Dodge Charger and Challenger sedans. Compared to the outgoing model, the upcoming 300 will be slightly shorter and lighter. When it comes to the sheet metal, expect it to bring substantial changes that will make it a more appealing option in this crowded segment.
As for the interior design, the new model is anticipated to bring a radical departure from what it currently offers. Despite shrinking in size slightly, the overhauled cabin will offer an even higher level of comfort. There will be a slew of new materials as well as a thoroughly revised dashboard and center stack. Expect also to see some high-end features offered as standard even in the base models.
Unlike the current model that is available exclusively with rear-wheel drive, the Chrysler 300 next generation is very likely to adopt a front-wheel drive engine. Now, the company has yet to reveal more details on the new engine range under its hood. The outgoing 300 is offered with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the mighty 5.7-liter Hemi V8. While the Pentastar might carry over in an enhanced form, the Hemi V8 is not very likely to survive FCA’s upcoming redesigns. Instead, we expect Chrysler to offer more efficient powertrains that will have better chance meeting strict CAFE regulations.
2018 Chrysler 300 Conclusion
After the 2018 Chrysler 300 redesign, this full-size luxury sedan is expected to contribute greatly to the automaker’s efforts to recover from the recent crisis.