Fans of the Chrysler 300 Series will be happy to hear that the beloved big sedan returns for the 2020 model year. Tons of rumors and speculation for the Chrysler halo car said the car would be dead after 2019, instead, the sedan returns will a few new tricks up its sleeve for the new model year. So let’s take a quick look at the 2020 Chrysler 300 Series lineup.
The Chrysler 300 returns will five models for the 2020 model year (Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and 300C). All of which (with the exception of the luxurious 300C) is available in both rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configurations. Yes, still no 300 SRT model for those performance enthusiasts out there. Instead, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 return for duty. Both are paired with TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmissions, sourced by ZF.
All-wheel-drive models are still only available with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. But they continue to be the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems in their class, thanks to an active transfer case with front-axle disconnect which helps to improve real-world fuel economy by allowing the car to operate in rear-wheel-drive when all-wheel-drive is not needed.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque in the Touring, Touring L, and Limited. On the performance-oriented 300S trim, the Pentastar V6 is tuned for 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to a unique cold-air induction system, sport-tuned exhaust, and engine calibration. The 300S can also be optioned for with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 which provides 363 horsepower, 394 lb.-ft. of torque, and 0-60 mph in less than 6-seconds. The HEMI is standard on the luxury-oriented 300C trim.
Even though the North American market still doesn’t get the 300 SRT model, the 300S doesn’t disappoint, especially with the HEMI. The 300S more athletic and sporty feel to muscular 300 Series with features like paddle shifters and Sport Mode, performance suspension, blacked-out exterior accents, Black Noise wheels, leather-wrapped sport seats, exclusive Piano Black interior accents and available signature nine-speaker Alpine Audio system with surround sound with a trunk-mounted subwoofer. For those looking for the SRT looks, the available 300 Sport Appearance Package adds the export 300 SRTs more aggressive looks and adds a more menacing look to 300S.
When you opt for the 300S you also get a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with the HEMI) and Goodyear Eagle F1 three-season tires is available on rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300S models for drivers who want more handling capability.
New for 2020, is the Red S Appearance Package on 300S models. This package offers Black Noise-color exterior badges, red inserts on the Chrysler wing badge, and a new set of 20-inch Black Noise aluminum wheels. An optional Radar Red interior is available as well. The Red S Appearance Package will be available in six exterior colors, which include, Canyon Sunset, Velvet Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Mist, Gloss Black and Bright White.
At the top of the lineup for the 300 Series, sets the luxurious 300C. As we said before the 300C comes standard with 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. 300C models get exclusive Platinum Chrome finishes, as well as Sport Mode with paddle shifters, available 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.
For those who want the luxury of the 300C, but wish they had the looks of the 300 SRT, there is the recently announced Performance Appearance Package on the 300C. The Performance Appearance Package includes performance front fascia, premium LED fog lamps and performance side sills, but still maintains the Platinum Chrome accents, for a real classy, yet sporty look.
We also can’t forget about the new color choices for the 300 Series for 2020. Gone is the beautiful Ceramic Gray and in its place is a new color called Amethyst (or as many of you may know it in the Dodge lineup as HellRaisin). Two other colors join the lineup for 2020, the popular Frostbite color from the new 2020 Charger and Challenger, as well as Canyon Sunset (also known Sinamon Stick in the Dodge lineup). While colors like Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal, Ocean Blue, Silver Mist, and Valvet Red all return for the new model year. The three new colors will be late availability.
We will be breaking down each trim level when pricing becomes available for the 2020 models.
So what do you think of the new 2020 Chrysler 300 Series lineup? Are you happy the 300 Series continues on? Let us know in the comments below.