2 new sporty appearance packages now offered for 2017 Chrysler 300S

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 4, 2016

Chrysler is updating its Chrysler 300S model by endowing it with sportier and more aggressive styling through its new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages. Unveiled at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages could be ordered at Chrysler dealerships across the United States this August.

For the 2017 model, the Chrysler 300S will be available with Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages as well as with updated color and materials. Aside from the new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Package, Chrysler is now offering a new set of colors and materials for the exterior and interior. These new selections are inspired from areas outside the auto industry, like fashion, architecture and technology.

As expected of the Chrysler brand’s product design office (PDO) team, the interior of the 300S has become a canvass that conveys both sportiness and luxury. For instance, the instrument panel, door panel and instrument cluster bezels now feature new Piano Black interior trim appointments while the door and center console armrests, steering wheel, and the instrument panel brow are highlighted with new Light Gray Diesel colored accent stitching.

Moreover, the new performance seats, which are part of the new Interior Sport Appearance Package, also feature the new Light Gray Diesel colored accent stitching. On the other hand, the color palette for the Chrysler 300S now includes Ceramic Gray, along with Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl, Maximum Steel Metallic and Redline Red Tri-coat.

Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America, remarked that the new 2017 Chrysler 300S “re-excites the passion of what owning an American flagship sedan is about.” He added two new sport appearance packages should take athletic styling and appointments of the 300S to a whole new level.

Powertrain

Among the range of Chrysler 300 models, the 300S is considered as the most capable and most driver-focused. The main reason for this is that the 300S is powered, as standard, by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that offers 300 horsepower of output and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is complemented by a distinct sport-tuned dual exhaust system for a more aggressive sound.

With the V-6 engine, the 300S could still offer a more dynamic performance, thanks to the so-called Sports mode. When engaged, this mode could hike engine and throttle responsiveness while increasing the steering sensation of its electric power steering (EPS) system.

Additionally, Sports mode could cut shift times from around 400 ms to 250 ms. For those wanting to make their Chrysler 300S more capable than ever, they could opt to fit it with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology. This V-8 engine provides up to 363 horsepower of output. Helping the 300S bring out its true capability is a sport-tuned suspension with heightened damping. However, Chrysler has more in store for 300S owners seeking better handling.

These offerings include a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates and performance-tuned steering and bushings as well as larger sway bars (for V-8 models) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires for rear-wheel drive versions.

The new Chrysler 300S is also available with an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that provides traction to all four wheels when necessary. Moreover, this AWD system could electronically turn the 300S into two-wheel drive to deliver optimal fuel efficiency.

Transmitting power from the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine to the wheels is the innovative TorqueFlite eight-speed gearbox, which pairs up with the AWD system to allow the 300S to return up to 27 mpg on the highway. When the Sport mode is engaged, the AWD will be turned “on” to allow the 300S to deliver rear-biased torque for better road dynamics.

2017 Chrysler 300S Exterior Sport Appearance Package

First off, the Exterior Sport Appearance Package allows the Chrysler 300S to become more visually aggressive, especially with the inclusion of larger air intakes and integrated LED fog lamps.

The fog lamps -- exclusive to the Exterior Sport Appearance Package – includes a strip of eight horizontal LEDs each, lending the 300S a more unique signature look at night.

The package also includes Gloss Black headlamps and dimensional grille. Underneath this is a body-color Mobius strip that highlights the width of the 300S.

Also included in the new Exterior Sport Appearance Package are sculpted side sills and 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels as well as a rear deck-lid spoiler that complements the dual exhausts. The new Exterior Sport Appearance Package comes as standard with the 300S V-8 model and as an option on the 300S V-6 version.

2017 Chrysler 300S Interior Sport Appearance Package

Also available for the new Chrysler 300S is the Interior Sport Appearance Package that upgrades the flagship sedan’s sport-contoured leather seating to make it more comfortable.

Included in the new Interior Sport Appearance Package are new premium perforated, heated and ventilated leather performance seats, featuring high-bolstered contours -- in suede – that provides more lateral support to front seat passengers during an emotional drive.

Press Release

BOLDER AND MORE ATHLETIC INSIDE AND OUT: NEW 2017 CHRYSLER 300S SPORT APPEARANCE PACKAGES

For 2017, the Chrysler brand is updating its bold and blacked-out Chrysler 300S model with even more athletic and aggressive styling appointments thanks to new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages, plus updated color and materials to make this flagship 300 model the most enthusiast-focused ever.

“The new 2017 Chrysler 300S re-excites the passion of what owning an American flagship sedan is about,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “And now for our Chrysler enthusiasts, two all-new sport appearance packages that take the 300S model’s athletic styling and appointments to the next level.”

The 2017 Chrysler 300S with new Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages will debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show and be available at Chrysler dealerships nationwide for ordering this August.

New Exterior Sport Appearance Package provides Chrysler 300S with even bolder styling
The new Exterior Sport Appearance Package makes the Chrysler 300S model’s commanding presence even more prominent.

Standard with the 300S V-8 model, and available on the 300S V-6 model, the new Exterior Sport Appearance Package features a more aggressively styled front fascia with larger air intakes and integrated LED fog lamps highlighting the 300S model’s world-class handling and levels of technology. These fog lamps are exclusive to the Exterior Sport Appearance Package and are comprised of a strip of eight horizontal LEDs each, for an even more distinctive signature look at night.

Nestled below the Gloss Black headlamps and dimensional grille is a larger body-color painted Mobius strip, which further emphasizes the flagship sedan’s road-holding width, while tying in the brand’s design DNA. The Chrysler 300S model’s signature proportions take on an even sportier aesthetic as 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels flank the new package’s sculpted side sills.

At the rear, Chrysler 300S model’s new Exterior Sport Appearance Package adds a deck-lid spoiler to complement the dual exhausts and further the sedan’s athletic appearance.

Interior Sport Appearance Package upgrades 300S
New for 2017, the Interior Sport Appearance Package takes the Chrysler 300S model’s sport-contoured leather seating and upgrades it for more cradling and comfort.

New premium perforated leather performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede provide front seat passengers with more lateral support during spirited driving. In addition, these front performance seats are heated and ventilated – adding to the flagship sedan’s already lengthy list of convenience features.

Updated 300S color and material selection for a truly avant-garde look
The Chrysler brand’s product design office (PDO) team continues to build on the brand’s leadership position in expressive and industrious exterior and interior selections by integrating colors and materials that were inspired outside of the automotive industry, including fashion, architecture and technology, and even in the design office’s backyard – the Motor City.

In keeping with the Chrysler brand design team’s use of unique finishes, the 2017 Chrysler 300S exudes an athletic-luxury interior with new Piano Black interior trim appointments on the instrument panel, door panel and instrument cluster bezels. New Light Gray Diesel colored accent stitching expressively highlights the Chrysler 300S model’s craftsmanship on door and center console armrests, instrument panel brow, steering wheel as well as the leather-wrapped sport seats, or on the new performance seats as part of the new Interior Sport Appearance Package.

New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a “straight shade” hue for a truly industrial-tough look. Other 300S colors include Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl and Redline Red Tri-coat.

Sport mode, plus an available 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine
In the Chrysler 300 lineup, the 300S model is the most dynamically capable and driver focused.

Sport mode instantly transforms the Chrysler 300S model’s performance and personality. By engaging Sport mode, drivers can reduce shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increase engine and throttle responsiveness, plus firm up the steering feel of the electric power steering (EPS) system.

For even greater V-6 performance, the Chrysler 300S model increases the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine’s output to 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus adds a unique sport-tuned dual exhaust system with a more distinctive sound. For customers who want more performance, the Chrysler 300S can be had with a 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology.

The Chrysler 300S model’s chassis features a sport-tuned suspension with increased damping to make sure the flagship sedan’s power and precision connects the driver to the road. For drivers who want more handling capability, a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires are also available on rear-wheel drive Chrysler 300S models.

Segment’s most innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) system
For customers who want the best of Detroit-born style and even more all-weather traction, the Chrysler 300S AWD model includes an advanced AWD system that delivers traction to all four wheels when necessary, or thanks to its segment-exclusive technology, can electronically adjust back to two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.

The Chrysler 300S AWD pairs the 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the segment's most innovative AWD system for up to 27 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. And for driving enthusiasts, Sport mode turns AWD “on” (if off) and enables the 300S to deliver rear-biased torque for improved dynamics.

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