Chrysler 300 Gets Performance Appearance Package
The Dodge Charger soldiers on after its last platform update in 2011 and so does its platform mate – its luxurious cousin, the Chrysler 300. Despite a few updates to the Chrysler 300 in recent years, the brand has decided on a small update for the time being as it considers whether to discontinue the luxurious sedan or not. So far the brand has been mum about the 300’s future, but the latest update consists of an SRT Performance Appearance Package. The key word in that sentence is appearance as the 300 will not be powered by a 6.4-liter V8 like it is overseas.
Mopar Insiders is reporting that the upcoming package will be available within the upcoming months and Mopar Authority claims they’ve verified the information with Claire Carroll, a Chrysler spokeswoman. The SRT Performance Appearance Package includes new side sills that add a more sinister design, a performance-oriented front fascia and LED fog lights. The package costs $695. Like we mentioned earlier, the 6.4-liter V8 from the SRT 300 that generates 470-horsepower will not be available stateside, but the current top-tier 5.7-liter V8 is no chump either.
The parts that make up the Performance Appearance Package will come from the Chrysler 300 SRT sold in global markets overseas, especially Australia. There, the model enjoys tons of popularity thanks to its 6.4-liter V8. Chrysler discontinued the 300 SRT in the U.S. back in 2013, leaving the aforementioned 5.7-liter V8 as the most potent option for U.S. buyers. For those wondering, no, there won’t be a 300 Hellcat either. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ruled that out two years ago when they announced there were no plans to drop the 6.2-liter V8 under the hood of the sedan. For the time being the Dodge Charger will continue to be the only four-door car powered by a Hellcat engine.
Earlier this year (2019), rumors were that the 300 sedan would be on the receiving end of a redesign. In fact, there was even talk about a new turbo-4 engine option. No major changes have happened yet and Chrysler’s overall plans for the sedan are sort of an enigma. Experts believe that should the car get a next generation, it’ll likely ride on the Giorgio platform, the one currently underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Other rumors swirled that the Chrysler 300 may be ride on a modified version of the Maserati Ghibli along with its platform mates the Dodge Charger and Challenger. Recently new rumors abound and they indicate that the Charger and Challenger will likely ride on a modified version of the current LX platform, but we still await announcements about the future of the 300.
For the time being let’s enjoy the luxury the Chrysler 300 has to offer. Explore the Chrysler 300 inventory at Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and schedule your test drive today! If you’re feeling the need for speed, come by and check out the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger instead! Whatever you choose, rest assured that FCA has a vehicle in its lineup that’s sure to suit your needs.