When the Chrysler 300 Series originally launched in late 2004, you would be hard-pressed not to catch the luxury-oriented Chrysler 300C model around almost every street corner. Fast forward 16-years and the luxury-oriented sedan is still around and better than ever, however, you probably wouldn’t be able to see one of the HEMI-powered large luxury sedans for several days. Instead, the sporty dark-themed 300S dominants the lineup. While the 300S does offer a HEMI option, the 300 horsepower Pentastar V6 versions dominant the sales of Chrysler’s halo car.
But if you are still in the market for a large luxury sedan, the 2020 Chrysler 300C is still one of the best choices in the industry. As the pinnacle of the 300 Series lineup, the 300C features a standard 5.7-liter HEMI V8 produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated with a ZF-source 8-speed 8HP70 automatic transmission through a rotary dial shifter. Chrysler 300C models feature exclusive Platinum Chrome finishes, 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels, and “Sport” mode with paddle shifters from the 300S V8 model.
Inside, the 300C is offered in signature Black or Mocha interior with deep-quilted and perforated Nappa leather seats and door panels, hand-sanded natural pore wood, French accent stitching, and leather-wrapped steering wheel with a unique chrome accent ring. The interior is upscale and yet still sporty enough to satisfy enough of those looking for a luxury-oriented muscle sedan.
For 2020, Chrysler quietly announced a new package to add even more of the signature performance look to the top of the line 300C model. The new $695 Performance Appearance Package adds the styling from the exported much wanted 475 horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT (which has been adopted by the 300S models equipped with the S Model Appearance Package), with the Platinum Chrome accents of the 300C.
The SRT look gives a more aggressive look to the 300C while adapting to the bling factor of the car. You would think that the $695 Performance Appearance Package would attract more people to the premium trim level, however, we were hard-pressed to find many 300C models will this option. We had a chance to find one of these rare packages at Cherry Hill Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The Bright White-colored 300C has a U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $52,870. For that money, the 300C features the following options over the $41,995 base price…
Sun, Sound & Navigation Package – $3,695:
- 19-Harman Kardon® GreenEdge Speakers
- Delete Power Backlight Sunshade
- Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
- Harman Kardon® GreenEdge® Amplifier
- Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Display
Premium Leather I/P / Door / Center Console – $1,995:
Performance Appearance Package – $695:
- Body-Color Performance Front Fascia Applique
- Body-Color Performance Front Fascia
- Lower Grille Close-Out Panels
- Premium SRT® Fog Lamps
SafetyTec Plus Group – $2,995:
- Advanced Brake Assist
- Full-Speed Forward Collision Warn Plus
- Lane Departure Warning Plus
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
- ParkSense® Front and Rear Park–Assist System
- Blind–Spot and Cross–Path Detection
- Automatic High–Beam Headlamp Control
- Rain–Sensitive Windshield Wipers
- Power Multi-Functional Mirror with Manual Fold
- Exterior Mirrors with Supplemental Signals
- Exterior Mirrors Courtesy Lamps
We think that the 300C with the Performance Appearance Package the most underrated configuration on the 300 Series sedan. If you are in the market for a new large car and want something unique with sporty looks with luxury features, you may want to look into this package. For more information about the Chrysler 300C or availability, you can contact your local Chrysler dealer.