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2017 Chrysler 300 gets software updates, now recommended again by Consumer Reports

The company has named this software AutoPark, which basically works the way it sounds. This system automatically gets activated when the driver leaves the car and is left in gear. What happens is AutoPark will stop the car while leaving it on accessory mode - this will keep the radio and other feature stay active for 30 minutes before it shuts off. This feature will also be activated when the driver opens his door with the seat belts unbuckled. This software update was introduced back in April. However, cars that have this software were only released in the summer.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was not only put on the spot over the new shifter designs. They were in hot water last year when actor Anton Yelchin met a tragic accident. The problem with the new shifter is not because it is complicated to use, but because it does not tell the driver whether the car is already parked. This is a problem because drivers have gotten used to this for decades now, as it is a standard in all vehicles.

The reason for the outrage was because the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 266 crashed, 68 injuries, and 686 complaints were related to the electronic shifters that were the same as that on Anton Yelchin’s Jeep Grand Cherokee. After the incident, the company had to recall a total of 1.1 million vehicles in April 2016, so that they could upgrade the software on the shifter designs.

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Dodge Challenger, Charger, Chrysler 300 will not get a new platform until 2020

Fiat Chrysler is reported to continue with its line-up of large cars well until 2020. Both the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger are not expected to have any redesigns through the Giorgio platform all the way to the 2021 model year. This is true as well for the Chrysler 300 sedans. This information was revealed by Automotive News citing two sources.

The Giorgio platform mentioned forms the basis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the same vehicle that is expected to begin sales by the end of this year in North America. With regards to this platform, it is likely that for the North American market, the platform would be made wider and longer for it to be used for the Challenger and the Charger. In addition, the Giorgio platform has the needed rigidity to help the brand make a comeback on the convertible market. Should this happen, it would be the brand’s return to this segment after it stopped production of the Chrysler 200 Convertible back in 2014.

According to FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, the platform’s versatility was no accident as it was created at the same time as the launching of the Giulia. He adds that the architecture has more than proven its worth and the best benefit that it gives in terms of technical development is that it can be used on a wide array of applications.

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

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.

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2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition: Delivering Better Performance and Style

The bold 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition, built with cutting-edge technology and materials, offers a unique and world-class execution. The new 300S model had a classic Dark Bronze grille on the front. Meanwhile, the Gloss Black dimensional-textured grille comes with a Titanium-finished Chrysler wing emblem.

The Gloss Black headlamps and body color mirror caps add up to the sporty appearance of the vehicle. A drawn Dark Bronze Mobius strip, which can be found below the commanding grille, outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounds the LED fog lamps.

The signature proportions of the Chrysler 300 are emphasized more as the Gloss Black DLO moldings are paired with Dark Bronze 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch for the AWD). Furthermore, its rear stance involves a Titanium-plated Chrysler wing emblem and a Dark Bronze-finished "300S" emblem.

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The 2015 Chrysler 300 has just received a facelift and everybody will be able to see it at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Among the changes, the 2015 Chrysler 300 Facelift arrives with a new front fascia that consists in a new mesh grille featuring the Chrysler winged logo, redesigned daytime running lights and headlamps.

At the rear, the vehicle featured new LED taillamps, but the overall design remains the same. At the interior, designers upgraded both the center stack and instrument panel and added a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster. The most interesting addition is the new rotary shifter that replaces the T-handled shifter.

The steering wheel was also updated and Chrysler designers added new color combinations. Engines remain unchanged, which means that we will find the well-known 3.6-liter V6 that developed 300 hp and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 363 hp. For the 2015MY, the HEMI V8 is offered as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the previous five-speed transmission.

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Through an official press release, Chrysler announced that it will return to its roots as the quintessential American brand but it also revealed some new details regarding its upcoming vehicles. According to the company, the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300C will be unveiled in November, at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

In addition, the first units will be delivered to the dealerships in the first quarter of 2015. According to Chrysler, sales of the 300 are up 50 percent from 2009 and the sedan has more than 10 percent market share of the full-size car market.

Until the new model arrives, you can buy the John Varvatos Edition, the 300 SRT, get V6 or V8 engines, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler Group introduced new Satin Vapor Editions of the Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT and Dodge Charger SRT. We will start with the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition, which comes with 20-inch by-9-inch forged-aluminum split five-spoke wheels with a Black Satin Vapor Chrome finish, new Satin Black mirrors, a Satin Black Spoiler, a new Satin Black spoiler, grey 6.4-liter HEMI badge, Satin Black roof and red Brembo calipers.

Moreover, the vehicle is available in three exterior colours: Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal. Chrysler also offers an optional black body stripe. Inside, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition features black seats trimmed in Nappa leather with ultra-suede inserts various matte carbon and piano black accents surrounding the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.

Under the hood, we find the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that generates 470 hp (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode), the engine has is capable of doing up to 23 mpg on the highway. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition package is $2,300.

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Chrysler updated the 300 flagship sedan for the 2014 and unveiled the new car ahead of 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2014 Chrysler 300S now carries even more blacked out design elements and comes with body-color door handles and fascia inserts, new Gloss Black belt molding, daylight opening surrounds and tail lamp bezels that are paired with Gloss Black headlamp bezels, a new Black Grome grille surround with sculpted horizontal grille blades, front and rear badges in Liquid Chrome with black “Chrysler” logo.

What’s more interesting is the availability of a Gloss Black painted roof. The exterior design is completed by 20-inch wheels, featuring a sculptural appearance and Hyper Black finish.

The AWD models get the 19-inch wheels. For the 2014MY, the Chrysler 300S also gets a new Dark Ceramic Gray color. Inside, we find 12-way power driver and passenger sport seats wrapped in all-new Ambassador Blue Nappa leather with silver accent stitching, a center console armrest and door armrests color matched to the seats, Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements.

Read the entire article 2014 Chrysler 300S revealed wearing new Dark Ceramic Gray coat

Chrysler Group LLC will bring at the 2013 SEMA Show a customized 2014 Chrysler 300S. Wearing a Phantom Black Tri-coat color for the exterior, the Chrysler 300S comes with a 13-bar black “Gotham” grille surround, a lowering kit which brings the car lower to the ground, as well as a new set of 20-inch wheels finished in Mopar bronze and accented with Mopar wheel center caps.

If you take a closer look, you will see that the wheels are actually borrowed from the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition. The Chrysler 300S also comes with a black SRT spoiler.

Inside, we find seats and door inserts in Katzkin “Bisque” leather, while the “Imported From Detroit” logo are embossed in the leather seatbacks.

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The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model gets a 6.4L badge on the front fenders, marking the first time for the 300 SRT8 to have these features. In addition, it gets a set of 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (which also come in red).

The inside of the new “Core” model comes with black seating surfaces that use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.

On both sides, it has black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. The instrument panel, door bezels and center console are surrounded by different matte carbon and piano black accents. Each Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470hp (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque.

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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.

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Chrysler will release a special Motown Edition 300 sedan in celebration of Motown Records, the iconic record label that has produced some of the greatest musicians in history. Next year, “Motown: the Musical” is also set to make a splash in Broadway. The Motown 300 is based on a stock 300, which will be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 (292 hp) partnered with Chrysler’s eight-speed automatic transmission.

There are four available colors for this car: bright white, gloss black, deep cherry red, and jazz blue (a new hue). The car rides on a set of four 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The shiny wheels are a match to the grille, which consists of seven horizontal chrome blades, and other chrome trim pieces on the front and rear fascias, rear-view mirror caps, exterior window trim, and door handles.

There are Motown badges on the front quarter panels to signify that the vehicle is an edition 300. The interior of the Motown 300 uses a white and black color scheme. Its interior gets a black trim mainly but it is enhanced with black olive ash wood trim, black soft touch material on the dashboard and doors, and piano black accents on the center stack and steering wheel. Meanwhile, the seats make use of pearl white Nappa leather upholstery and it features black piping and stripes.

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Chrysler Group’s Product Design Office designed the Chrysler 300 “Luxury” and used Mopar parts and accessories. This raised the luxurious feel of the Chrysler 300 to another level. The sleek proportions of the Chrysler 300 “Luxury” are emphasized by its Unique True Blue Pearl Coat exterior paint. Meanwhile, the platinum mesh grille is surrounded by a True Blue grille.

The vehicle is equipped with stunning Mopar 20-inch satin carbon wheels, with an additional enhancement of Mopar logo center caps. Black painted calipers behind the wheels really catch the public’s attention. In terms of performance, the ride is smooth and sturdy due to Mopar’s 3:91 rear axle and performance handling coilover kit. Its interior is very luxurious, with premium Katzkin leather seats contribute to a quilted, premium look.

The shift handle is covered by Katzkin leather. This style is borrowed from that of the limited-edition Mopar ’12 300, which was launched in early 2012. Other Mopar accessories available for the Chrysler 300 are logo premium carpet floor mats, Chrysler logo illuminated door-sill guards and a bright pedal kit.

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Fashion designer John Varvatos has built two Chrysler 300C models that will be offered to the public. Last March, Varvatos partnered with the automaker to make a unique 300S for an auction that benefited the Stuart House. They had so much success that they have to decided to make two more. The first is a limited-production 300C John Varvatos model that is inspired by a ‘Detroit-tough’ attitude.

The second is the 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition with its exclusive interior finishes and exterior accents that have a Platinum Chrome finish. Beginning with the Limited Edition model, the 300C will be offered with a one-of-a-kind Phantom Black tri-coat exterior paint job that will be enhanced even further with a Titanium-finished grille surround, Titanium Chrome Chrysler ‘wing’ badge, and Black Chrome grille blades.

The vehicle appears bolder due to slight revisions on its front bumper as well as its bigger air inlets and Black Chrome grille blades and Titanium-finished accents. The sedan is fitted with 20-inch wheels while the LED taillights are blackened.

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Chrysler has released the pricing details for its new Chrysler 300C model that will be available in the United Kingdom by mid-June, starting from £35,995 for the Limited version rising to £39,995 for the Executive version. The new Chrysler 300C is much more expensive than its predecessor that was discontinued in 2010 and was priced at under £30,000. 

However, Chrysler's UK brand director Nigel Land said that the new Chrysler 300C is still less expensive than other vehicles competing in the E segment, considering the value of the equipment fitted in the car. Land said that the new Chrysler 300C, whether Limited or Executive versions, features many equipment as standard.

The equipment includes keyless entry, automatic headlights and daytime running lights. The Chrysler 300C also features a SmartBeam system that adapts the headlights and the DRL to the light of the surrounding environment. Other features include automatic windscreen wipers and automatic temperature control.

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Expect the recall notices to go out this month for the 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans in the U.S. and Canada. Chrysler Group will voluntarily recall 127,346 of these sedans to repair a fuse problem that may disrupt the vehicles' antilock brakes and electronic stability control systems. In a statement, Chrysler said that a plastic insert that encloses a fuse in the vehicles could become distorted due to thermal expansion and contraction.

This problem may make crashing riskier as vehicle control is affected. The vehicle’s ABS/ESC warning lamp alerts the drivers. But despite the failure, the drivers will still have basic brake function.

The recall covers all 2011 and 2012 units produced before Dec. 20, 2011. Affected in the recall are 119,072 vehicles in the U.S. and 8,274 vehicles in Canada. Documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Global Automotive Systems of suburban Detroit, a unit of Dura Automotive Systems, is the supplier of the affected system. This faulty part is found in the power distribution center of the vehicle.

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Chrysler’s flagship, the new Chrysler 300C executive saloon, will start selling in the UK in June. Since the 300C was launched last year at the Detroit Auto Show, it has already received several awards. It is offered in two diesel-powered versions. The luxury saloon 300C Limited has a starting price of £35,995 OTR. It offers European-style quality and finesse, partnered with American-style comfort and high levels of standard equipment.

The new four-door car offers exceptional value for money and makes the 300C comparable to its benchmark competitors in the top-line luxury sector of the market. The 300C Executive has a starting price of £39,995 OTR.

Paying this amount gives the customer some pretty impressive features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, forward collision warning, keyless entry, powered rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated Nappa leather seats.

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Chrysler decided that it’s time to introduce the 300 on the Chinese market but in order to receive some feedback regarding how customers will receive the car it introduced the 300 Ruyi Design Concept. First look at the car shows a Maximum Steel exterior color with dark chrome door handles, grille surround and lower grille tracer.

Moreover, we find premium Chrysler wing badges, dual exhaust tips in order to find an elegant yet sporty look. The exterior design is completed by a polished ruyi-inspired signature grille with dark chrome throats, bluish steel-grey tinted glass and a ruyi Chinese character badge on the deck lid and a ghosted speed stripe running along the side character lines.

Furthermore, 22-inch concept alloy wheels were added. These wheels feature a 10-spoke design with a curvature reminiscent of a ruyi scepter. The interior features black chrome on the outer dash vents, navigation screen and center dash vent surrounds, gauge rings, steering wheel rim and door handles. Moreover, we find a brushed patterned trim incorporated in the center console, upper door panels and flanking the dashboard.

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To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Mopar has transformed the Chrysler 300 flagship sedan into a high-performance car. Mopar hopes to mirror the success that it had with its versions of the 2010 Dodge Challenger and 2011 Dodge Charger. The new Mopar ’12 300 has unique appointments, high-performance parts and appearance items that could be found on the Mopar parts catalog.

The Mopar ’12 300 is powered by an exclusive Mopar engine cover that is akin to the 363hp 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology underneath it. It comes with a recognized five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission. Mopar enthusiasts will like the unique Mopar shifter combined with Auto Stick, which enables the drivers to choose a higher or lower gear while the transmission controller aids in preventing an over-rev condition.

At the rear, we see that the differential is given a boost from 3.06:1 to a 3.91:1 final-drive ratio for improved acceleration. This is unique to the Mopar ’12. It enables the car to go from zero to 60 mph in the low 5-second range. The Mopar ’12 300 is similar to the new Chrysler 300S models, which offer more street credibility due to its blacked-out look and exclusive Mopar appointments.

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Chrysler Group unveiled today the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series, a new version of its flagship sedan, which combines ultra-premium leather with world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features. Moreover, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series offers the eight-speed automatic transmission bolted to a Pentastar V6 engine (292 hp), capable to deliver 31 mpg.

Still, Chrysler offers the powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine delivering 363 hp. So, here is what we find when we enter the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series: first of all, we get the Black or Mochachino Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather-wrapped instrument panel, cluster brow, center console side panels and upper front- and rear-door panels – which is usually found in Maserati vehicles.

Moreover, we get Premium Nappa leather on the door armrest, bolster and center console armrest. The seats are wrapped in black or two-tone Mochachino Nappa leather and include 12-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats (including four-way power lumbar) with two-mode ventilation and two-mode heated seats for both front and rear passengers.

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