Although the Chrysler brand pulled the plug on its luxurious Chrysler 300C for the 2021 model in the United States and Canada, the top-of-the-line trim level continues to live in Mexico. As the only 300 Series offering for the 2021 model year in Mexico, the 2021 Chrysler 300C is aimed at the luxury market south of the border. So we thought we would take a look at what makes this 300C so special that it gets to continue its life elsewhere.
Overall, the 2021 Chrysler 300C looks identical to the 300C the rest of North America got last year. It still features a bold front end styling highlighted by a sculpted fascia that proudly accommodates the prominent grille with dimensional texture and chrome trim. Located below the upper grille, there is an elegantly drawn chrome strip, which outlines the opening of the lower grille and extends outward, surrounding the LED fog lights. HID Bi-Xenon headlamps with adaptive leveling system are highlighted by daytime running lights (DRLs) with integrated LED lighting in a “C” shape that provide unmistakable brand identity.
Walking around the exterior, the 300C’s sides are distinguished by a high waistline, as well as unmistakably strong, yet subtly executed shoulders, paying homage to the design heritage of the Chrysler 300 Series. Chrome window frames and mirrors, as well as chrome 20-inch wheels they are the perfect visual complement. The rear end features a fluid surface and various chrome accents, as well as the iconic vertical lights. A pair of elegantly drawn, polished exhaust tips are set in the corners to give the Chrysler 300 an athletic and luxurious appearance at the same time.
Inside the 2021 Chrysler 300C, passengers are surrounded by hand-sculpted shapes, high-quality and innovative material options, cutting-edge technology, as well as ample cabin space. Available in a Black or a Mocha interior, the Chrysler 300C features deep-quilted and perforated Nappa leather seats and door panels, hand-sanded natural pore wood, French accent stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a unique chrome accent ring.
For those who love technology, the 2021 Chrysler 300C comes with a 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) digital instrument cluster, electronic rotary shifter, “Sport” mode with paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel, the beloved 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen infotainment system with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the prestigious Harman/Kardon brand, consisting of 19 speakers, an 8-inch subwoofer and a 900-watt output amplifier.
While that might sound similar to last year’s model, here is where the Mexican-spec 300C stands apart. While the 300C came standard with legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 as standard equipment, the 2021 Chrysler 300C for Mexico comes with two powertrain options.
Standard is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 featuring an aluminum block and head design. The Pentastar delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pentastar offers agile handling, smooth operation throughout the rev range, as well as efficiency in fuel consumption. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 does return to the lineup but is optional. The Mexican-built powerplant makes 363 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the engine of choice for enthusiasts who like driving with sporty touches and who enjoy the exquisite sound of the V8.
Both engines are mated to an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, which is responsible for sending the engine’s power to the rear wheels.
The 2021 Chrysler 300C offers more than 80 safety features, including Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which provides autonomous braking and, in certain circumstances, slows or comes to a complete stop when a frontal collision appears imminent. Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the Chrysler 300C to a complete stop without driver intervention. Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist introduces subtle steering-wheel input to alert the driver of an inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action.
The Mexican-spec 2021 Chrysler 300C is available in five exterior colors. Those colors include
- Bright White
- Granite Crystal
- Ocean Blue
- Silver Mist
The 2021 Chrysler 300C has a starting Mexican Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $889,900 (or about $43,980 USD) for the Pentastar-powered model. For those looking to step up to the HEMI, it will set you back $926,900 (or $45,205 USD).
With the United States and Canada getting the performance-oriented 300S model as the only way to get a HEMI option in the 300 Series, it makes us wonder why they dropped the luxurious 300C from the lineup in 2021? Obviously, it seems to work elsewhere and eliminates the luxury-oriented model for the 300 lineup.
What is your opinion, should the 300C model have been cut from the 2021 Chrysler 300 lineup for the United States and Mexican markets? Let us know in the comments below.