For the past several years, we have talked several times about the Chrysler 300 SRT. The much wanted Chrysler muscle sedan has only been available in Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East since 2015, causing American fans to beg Chrysler to bring the large performance sedan back stateside. While it has proven unsuccessful, there are new reports from the Australian car site CarAdvice.com.au, the 485 horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT will not return for the 2021 model year in Australia.
In the report, Chrysler stated to CarAdvice that “The Chrysler 300 SRT ordering has been put on hold due to production constraints. We currently have stock available for customers and will keep customers updated once we have more information.” The article also states that Chrysler Australia dealers were told that they can no longer order the car and can only sell what they have in stock and that production for Australia will not resume.
Last year, Chrysler pulled the 300 Series from the New Zealand market and it now appears to be leaving Australia as well. While rumors of the Chrysler brand getting the ax due to the recent merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot S.A. (Groupe PSA) to create Stellantis. But, that could be anything but the truth according to sources close to MoparInsiders.
The Chrysler 300 Series will continue on the market until at least 2023, which we learned during Canadian labor contracts recently. The Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) which is the home of the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, and Chrysler Grand Caravan will begin constructing a new electric vehicle in 2024, thanks to a $1.3 to $1.5 billion investment to the WAP. The Chrysler brand has showcased two electrified vehicle concepts since 2017, with the Portal Concept and the Airflow Vision Concept.
CarAdvice states that Chrysler will fulfill the remaining fleet orders to the New South Wales (NSW) Police Highway Patrol, where the 300 SRT has been successfully been used for the two years since the discontinuation of the Australian-built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon sedan. With the Chrysler 300 leaving the market, it marks the first time in over 50 years that a V8-powered sedan will not be available in the Australian market for under $70,000.
Dealers have stated that the shortage of 300 SRT models is due to a shortage of 6.4-liter HEMI SRT V8s, from strong demand in the U.S. market. With the ongoing pandemic and the HEMI engine being manufactured in Mexico and several automotive suppliers being under fire due to restrictions and supplies being limited, it makes sense.
Let’s hope that once the pandemic is over, the Dodge brand can make a resurgence in the “land down under” as the brand disappeared after only offering the Dodge Journey crossover. Several importers have been importing Dodge brand muscle cars to the country but without OEM support.