Chrysler unveils the 300 Glacier, a car prepared for the winter

Article by Christian A., on January 21, 2013

In preparation for the winter, Chrysler has introduced a new edition of the 300 sedan dubbed as the Glacier. Chrysler is famous for its numerous special editions. In fact, it has recently unveiled the Chrysler 300S Turbine at the Detroit auto show. The 300 Glacier has all the features that any driver will need during the winter.

These include all-wheel drive, heated seats and a Glacier Blue-Pearl paint color. The 300 Glacier is powered by either Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 (with 300hp) or the Hemi V8 (with 363hp). The Pentastar is capable of returning 27 mpg on the highway while the Hemi offers 23 mpg.

The V6 is mated to an eight-speed transmission while the Hemi has a five-speed. Furthermore, the all-wheel drive system in the 300 as well as in the Dodge Charger gets an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to boost fuel economy.

If all-wheel drive is required, it automatically kicks in with no driver involvement. Otherwise, just the rear wheels get power. The Glacier offers unique styling with body-color fascia accents, gloss black mirrors, headlight bezels and black chrome horizontal grille blades. In addition, the Glacier gets a gloss black painted roof. It also rides on unique 19-inch, eight-spoke aluminum wheels finished in satin carbon.

Other available colors are white and silver metallic. The interior of the Glacier features a 12-way power driver’s seat in black. The center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel and gauge cluster have piano black trim accents.

What are offered as standard are die-cast, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier is priced at $37,840, which includes a destination charge of $995. It is positioned above the 300C but under the Luxury Series trim. The Glacier is already on sale.

Thanks to its iconic design, the new 2013 Chrysler 300 is able to don several different ultimate personalities. For instance, it can be an ultimate muscle car (Chrysler 300 SRT8) or an ultimate audiophile (Chrysler 300S with Beats by Dr. Dre). It can also be an ultimate luxury car (Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition). Now, the Chrysler 300 is donning a new personality made to challenge the winter season as the ultimate all-weather athlete -- the new Chrysler 300 Glacier.

The new 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier features a new aggressive design as well as all-weather capability and dynamics, allowing it to conquer snow covered places with ease. Of course, it is as capable when moving through the city roads.

Key to this all-weather capability is a number of vital components like its 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with new sport-tuned exhaust and cold-air induction system. This engine is capable of generating around 300 hp of output for the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier, while delivering top-of-class fuel economy estimated at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. For those who wanted to squeeze more power from their Chrysler 300 Glacier, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine (with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology) delivers 363 hp and returns up to 23 mpg highway.

These engines are complemented by the segment's most advanced AWD system, offering optimal all-weather traction and driving performance. Channeling the power from the engines to all four wheels of the 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier is an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The AWD system for the new Chrysler 300 Glacier comes with an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system – which means that only Chrysler is offering a combination of these two independent technologies. Interestingly, Chrysler 300's AWD system allows for a seamless transition between rear-wheel drive and AWD without any intervention from the driver. When there is no need for the Chrysler 300 Glacier to be driven on all four wheels, the AWD system automatically unlinks the front axle, thereby helping maximize fuel economy while giving the car the traits of rear-wheel models.

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Chrysler 300 Glacier

Through lifestyle driven models, the new 2013 Chrysler 300 continues to show the numerous personalities that are capable from its elegant and iconic design. Beginning with the ultimate in muscle - Chrysler 300 SRT8, the ultimate in luxury - new Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition, the ultimate audiophile - Chrysler 300S with Beats by Dr. Dre, and now arriving in time to tackle winter, the ultimate all-weather athlete - the new Chrysler 300 Glacier.

From cruising through the city, to escaping away to a snow-covered ski resort, the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier has a commanding design presence and the power and all-weather capability to carve through some of the most snow-covered landscapes.

With its state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, and a more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with new sport-tuned exhaust and cold-air induction system delivering 300 horsepower - the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier delivers best-in-class fuel economy (18 mpg city / 27 mpg highway, while providing maximum all-weather traction, efficiency and driving performance through the segment's most advanced AWD system. For even more power, the new Chrysler 300 Glacier offers the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology to deliver 363 horsepower and up to 23 mpg highway.

The Chrysler 300 Glacier's AWD system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies. Chrysler 300's innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

Building on the avant-garde appearance of the Chrysler 300S model, the new 300 Glacier features contemporary exterior and interior styling elements for a flagship sedan that delivers refinement within its landmark design. Hinting that this Chrysler 300 sedan was born with an ice-cool demeanor - unique body-color fascia accents, along with Gloss Black mirrors, headlamp bezels and Black Chrome sculpted horizontal grille blades give the Glacier a low-key street presence. Emphasizing the Chrysler 300 Glacier's iconic silhouette and head-turning proportions even more is an all-new Gloss Black painted roof option. Filling this AWD sedan's wheel wells and aiding in its world-class handling are unique 19-inch eight spoke aluminum wheels finished in Satin Carbon with P235/55R19 all-season performance tires. Exterior paint colors for this Chrysler 300 include Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic and exclusively to this model, Glacier Blue Pearl Coat.

The interior of the Chrysler 300 Glacier exudes an athletic-luxury theme with 12-way power driver and passenger sport seats featuring black "Falls" cloth in the seat centers and leather-wrapped bolsters in black and finished with black French-seamed stitching. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. For even more spirited driving die-cast steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters with "sport mode" are ergonomically designed behind the 300 Glacier's black leather-wrapped thick-rimmed steering wheel. Completing the enthusiast-designed interior are matte carbon hydrographic accents and black floor mats with black velour binding and "Glacier" logo embroidered.

The 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier is available in U.S. dealerships now, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,845 (excluding $995 destination).

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