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Chrysler 300 to shift to front wheel drive?

Chrysler 300 to shift to front wheel drive?

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Sergio Marchionne hinted last week that the next generation Chrysler 300 might be shifting drive from the rear to the front. While he also said nothing has been decided, it is definitely an option.

He was talking about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and how the platform it uses could easily support a sedan such as the Chrysler 300. This would make it possible to manufacture it alongside the Pacifica in Windsor, Canada, lowering production costs and increasing efficiency. This configuration would need a transversally-mounted engine too, which is no big deal.

The next generation Chrysler 300 isn’t due for another two years but given the development cycle of a typical car, it must be well along the design route by now. Yet if it is indeed true that the platform has yet to be decided, FCA had better get a move on.

2016 Chrysler 300
The current 2016 Chrysler 300 is a serious sedan that backs up those looks with performance. If you’re anything like us, you can’t help but get out of the way when you see one in the mirror, it just has that presence.

The design is softer than the angular box on wheels of before. Gone is the ‘mob car’ character and here is a premium sedan for discerning buyers. The design is rounder and more friendly but it still has a ‘don’t mess with me’ look about it. The big front end, huge grille and long wheelbase can only be the 300.

The cabin is large and luxurious, with premium materials and a great standard of fit and finish. Seats are comfortable, the driving position is excellent and all the controls are solid and reassuring. There are plenty of adjustability options and it doesn’t take long for the driver or passengers to feel right at home.

The current 300 is a rear-wheel drive car with AWD as an option. It is available with a 3.6-litre V6 with 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the standard model or 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque in the 300S. You also have the option of a 5.7-litre V8 motor that is good for 363 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque. All use an eight speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is available in four trims, 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum. All are well specced with everything from alloy wheels to automatic lighting, keyless entry and ignition, an 8.4 inch touchscreen and more. As you would expect, the features list is long but the options list is longer. There is the choice to add pretty much anything you like to any trim level.

The 2016 Chrysler 300 is a top quality full size sedan with all the trimmings. This new design is better than ever and is well worth a look if you’re in the market for a upscale car.

Visit Parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Mississauga, 2260 Battleford Road, Mississauga, ON, L5N 3K6 to arrange a test drive.

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