Despite zero investment in marketing or any major updates since 2015, the Chrysler 300 Series continues to put up strong sales numbers in its segment. While the current Chrysler 300 has been drastically updated since its initial debut in 2004, it has remained on the same LX architecture. With that architecture scheduled to come to an end in 2024, a lot of people have questioned the future of the 300 nameplate.
However, there may be new hope for the large Chrysler sedan.
In January, Chrysler CEO Christine Feuell told Automotive News that the automaker would have a replacement for the 300 and that the vehicle would have a completely new design. During the company’s EV Day 2021 presentation, silhouettes of a more edgy fastback coupe-like sedan could be seen on the slides during the presentation with Chrysler logos on the wheels.
But recently, the media was teased once again with an image of the same vehicle released during an announcement about investment in the company’s testing facilities for safety and wind tunnel testing.
Feuell has made it no secret, that Chrysler will become a fully-electric brand by the 2028 model year. The first all-electric product will be the new 2025 Chrysler Airflow (CA), a midsized crossover that the brand has been teasing for over the past year. It will be based on the new STLA Large architecture and will offer all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, Level 3 autonomy, and a wide array of new cutting-edge infotainment technology.
An all-new electrified minivan will also follow suit, after the launch of the Chrysler Airflow. The next-generation Pacifica should be also based on the STLA Large architecture and will face many challenges for engineers in order to keep its famed Stow N’ Go seating with the adaption of the new battery packs needed to provide propulsion.
The new Chrysler sedan should follow suit. It as well should be based on the STLA Large architecture and should provide up to 500 miles (800 kilometers) of range on a single charge thanks to 108 kWh battery packs. Using an 800-volt architecture, the new 300 should offer increased fast charging capabilities.
Stellantis has already said that its new e-motors should be able to provide between 204 and 449 horsepower each. With the next-generation Dodge Challenger eMuscle car featuring AWD capability, we expect an electrified next-generation Chrysler sedan could easily outpower the export 300 SRT.
While Chrysler has yet to release an official statement about its next sedan, we don’t expect to see such a product anytime before 2026.
Nevertheless, it does seem that the Chrysler brand will solider on in the age of electricity will a sedan in its lineup.