The Chrysler 300 Series returns for the 2022 model year. The full-size E-segment sedan continues to showcase iconic American styling, blue-collar luxury treatments, and HEMI V8 performance. Despite its age, the Chrysler 300 Series continues to soldier on without much marketing and investment dollars spent on the large sedan.
So what is new for the 2022 Chrysler 300 Series?
The 2022 Chrysler 300 Series lineup will be offered in three different trim levels (Touring, Touring L, and 300S). Both Touring and Touring L can be equipped with an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The three trims are a carryover from the 2021 model year.
The Chrysler 300S offers a more athletic and youthful appearance to the 300 Series lineup. The 300S comes standard with paddle shifters, performance suspension, Sport mode, blacked-out exterior accents, Black Noise wheels, leather sport seats, exclusive Piano Black interior accents, and an available 9-speaker Alpine audio system with surround sound, 506-watt amplifier, and a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
A performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering, and bushings, larger sway bars (with HEMI engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 three-season tires are available on Chrysler 300S rear-wheel-drive (RWD) models for drivers who want more handling capability.
Powertrains are also a carryover for the 2022 model year. The entry-level powerplant continues to be the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The Pentastar V6 delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque on Touring and Touring L models. Thanks to a sport-tuned exhaust and engine calibration, the Pentastar V6 produces 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque.
For those looking for more muscle, the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb.-ft. of torque on the sporty Chrysler 300S. The HEMI can propel the 300S to a 0 to 60 mph time in less than 6-seconds. The 5.7-liter HEMI features Variable-Valve Timing (VVT), Fuel Saver Technology and interactive Decel Fuel Shut-Off (iDFSO) to help push fuel economy to a 16 city/25 highway/19 combined rating.
Both powertrains come standard with 8-speed automatic transmissions. For the 300 models powered by the Pentastar engine and which are RWD, a ZF-sourced 8HP50 8-speed automatic is equipped. The 8HP50 automatic features adaptive electronic control and available paddle-shifters with manual control (Sport mode on 300S). The transmission features a five-clutch pack design with only two open clutches in any gear. An off-center line pump with low-viscosity oil helps reduce spin loss. A torque converter lock with turbine torsional damper allows for low lock-up speeds in 1st through 8th gear.
Those Pentastar-powered 300 models with AWD, come with the Chrysler-sourced 850RE 8-speed automatic. That setup is very familiar with the ZF-sourced unit. HEMI models come equipped with the ZF-sourced 8HP70 8-speed automatic.
The Sport mode on Chrysler 300S instantly transforms the personality and performance of the Chrysler 300S with reduced shift times from approximately 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increased engine and throttle responsiveness, and firmer steering feel.
AWD Systems –
Chrysler 300 Touring and Touring L models are available with the class-exclusive AWD system which includes an active transfer case with a front-axle disconnect to improve real-world fuel economy. The system can seamlessly
transition between RWD and AWD with no driver intervention to maximize fuel economy. AWD models have a fuel economy of 18 city/27 highway/21 combined rating.
Believe it or not, the 2022 Chrysler 300 Series has a towing rating of 1,000 lbs. (454 kg). The rating is the same for both the Pentastar and the HEMI models.
Option Changes –
For 2022, 300 Touring L models will add the popular Sport Appearance Package as standard equipment. The package would have set you back $995 USD/$995 CAD last year if optioned. The Sport Appearance Package adds the following equipment to the Touring L…
- 20-Inch x 8-Inch Black Noise Aluminum Wheels
- 245/45R20 BSW All-Season Performance Tires
- Black Chrome 300S Grille Surround
- Black Headlamp Bezels
- Black LED Tail Lamps
- “Black Noise 300” Badge
- “Black Noise” Wing Badges with Black Insert
- Body-Color Performance Front Fascia Applique
- Body-Color Performance Front Fascia
- Gloss Black DLO Surround Molding
- Lower Grille Close-Out Panels
- Premium SRT® Fog Lamps
The Touring L is the only package adding more content to its offerings for the new model year. The sporty 2022 Chrysler 300S adds last year’s Popular Equipment Group as standard equipment. The package would have set customers back a whopping $3,495 USD/$2,995 CAD, but now adds the following equipment to the 300S lineup…
- 506 Watt Amplifier
- 9-Premium Alpine® Speakers
- Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
- Surround Sound
- Trunk Mounted Subwoofer
- Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Display
Another package, the Comfort Group (optional on Touring L and 300S) adds a new deluxe security alarm to its extensive list of features. That package includes…
- Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
- Automatic Adjust-in-Reverse Exterior Mirrors
- Automatic Headlamp Leveling System
- Deluxe Security Alarm
- Door Sill Scuff Pads
- Driver and Passenger Lower LED Lamps
- Front and Rear LED Map Pocket Lights
- Heated Second-Row Seats
- Heated Steering Wheel
- Illuminated Rear Cupholders
- Power Backlight Sunshade
- Power Tilt / Telescope Steering Column
- Power Multi-Function Mirrors with Manual Fold
- Memory for Radio, Driver Seat and Exterior Mirrors
- Trunk Mat
- Ventilated Leather-Trim Sport Seats
All 2022 Chrysler 300 Series models add a new high-efficiency cabin filter. The system filters 95% of air particulates including pollen, allergens and bacteria.
The 2022 Chrysler 300 Series will NOT get the new Uconnect 5 infotainment update as many of those had expected. Instead, like the 2022 Dodge Challenger and Charger, the 300 Series will continue on with the well-known Uconnect 4C software.
The award-winning Uconnect 4C software comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Unlike the Charger, the Chrysler 300 continues to include an 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen as standard equipment across the lineup. The 8.4-inch display, offers multitouch gestures, vivid imagery, sharp graphics and support for smartphone integrations.
Safety Features –
With more than 80 available safety and security features, the 2022 Chrysler 300 Series offers available Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and ParkSense front and rear park assist system.
The 2022 Chrysler 300 Series will be available in 6 exterior color choices. Those colors include Bright White, Frostbite, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal, Silver Mist, and Velvet Red.
For the interior, only two color choices are available for the new model year (Black or Black with Linen). The popular Radar Red interior was discontinued at the end of 2021.
So what do you think of the changes to the 2022 Chrysler 300 Series? Let us know in the comments below or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.