2018 Chrysler 300 Preview

The Chrysler 300 has been in one way or another in production for well over 60 years. Although the current iteration as we know it started production in 2004, the 300 nameplate dates back to the late 1950s and the early 1960s with the Chrysler 300 letter series.

The concept has always been the same - a large, bulky body, a comfortable ride and plenty of luxury options. It is, for lack of a better word, a lounge on wheels.

Chrysler has been taking notes from European models in the past couple of years, completely overhauling their entire lineup, not just the 300. The 2018 Chrysler 300 promises to be even better in every regard, not just matching its European and Japanese rivals, but beating them at their own game.


The 300 is one of those cars which are so iconic, they should never be tampered with. Chrysler is fully aware of that, hence you can recognize the current 2017 model as a 300 straight away. Naturally, it's been modernized a little bit with a more youthful look, but it's still as dignified as ever. Traces of its predecessors are still there, everywhere you look. It's not aggressive per say, but it has got real presence.

Inspecting one up close and personal reveals the small details Chrysler has paid attention to. Stuff you wouldn't have otherwise noticed. The front fascia is full of details for example. From the little DRLs in the new projector-style headlights to the chrome inserts in the lower portion of the bumper. The mesh grille has a unique pattern too, something which becomes apparent only when you focus on it. The wheels are bespoke to the 300 as well. If you ask us, Chrysler should leave the Chrysler 300 as is. It's just perfect.


Although the smaller Chrysler 200 is a nice place to be, it's nothing in comparison to the 300. First off, let's start with the easiest thing one can determine when climbing into the cabin of the 300: the amount of space on offer. Simply put, there's so much space you can genuinely fit twice as many people as the car is supposedly capable of carrying. Headroom and legroom are both ridiculous, not just to other segment rivals, but for any vehicle on sale. We're not sure how the 300 gets away with offering so much space, but it does. The boot is equally as massive, engulfing everything five passengers are capable of carrying with ease.

Then we get to the question of build quality. Everything you touch feels nice and soft, including the plastics. The leather is of the high-grade variety, garnishing the seats, door panels and even the armrest. The dashboard gets this beautiful waterfall design, with the large touchscreen position right in the middle. There are no excess buttons on the center console. Everything you need and nothing more, exactly how every modern car should come from the factory. These things may seem minute when you read about them, but they make life so much easier in practice. Likewise, the instrument cluster is easy to read and clear, with the large board computer showing you the car's vitals slap bang in the middle of the gauge cluster.

Engine and Performance

The base Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 will be powering base 300 models. With circa 300 horsepower, it will be more than enough to move the large 300 body at a decent pace, certainly better suited to the car than the 2.4-liter Tigershark in the Chrysler 200. Don't expect a performance saloon, but it won't be a slouch either. Great performance should sum it up nicely.

Should you want more power, there's always the 5.7-liter V8 engine. With around 363 horsepower it starts to move into 'rapid' territory, despite the fact that it's only got a 60 hp advantage over its V6 cousin. The crucial word here is torque, and the simple fact of the matter is the V8 has more of it - a lot more. Chrysler isn't planning on bringing back the SRT 300 they promptly discontinued in 2015, but one can only dream. Now that thing would be a proper AMG and M-division rival if we've ever seen one.

The 300 is on par with a 5-series and an E-Class, right where it needs to be. With 4,000 lbs. of weight to carry around it's right on the money with the Audi A6 too, but a lot quicker than it. Body roll has been minimized, which also effectively eliminates diving under braking and squat under acceleration. If Chrysler can stiffen up the ride just a bit more for 2018, consider the 300 the undisputed leader in 2018.


Although Chrysler probably won't change the 2018 300 that much, a stiffer chassis and perhaps a return of the SRT version should do the trick. If customers don't start flocking for the SRT 300 as soon as they hear about it, we'll be genuinely amazed. Yes, it's that good of a recipe.

The 2018 Chrysler 300 will be for sale at State Line Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Kansas City, MO.

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