The 2018 Chrysler 300C brings back the bold American style bundled in a big executive sedan. Back for its fourteenth model cycle, the new 300C shuts out the feeling of roughness along the daily commute, but makes itself known through the rumble of an available V8 engine beneath its hood and sharp expressive lines on its skin.
Unsurprisingly, its appeal continues in terms of its American style, high-end cabin, brawny V6, and in-car technology. Additionally, it impresses with its knack for up-to-date infotainment systems. Speaking of infotainment, the new Chrysler 300C returns with an appealing system that ranks highly among the list of our favorites. It has quick responses, has wide range of features, and has a large, crisp touchscreen interface.
Besides infotainment, the new vehicle also makes a statement in terms of entertainment and driver assisting technologies. Chrysler says buyers will have two premium sound systems and an impressive suite of driving aids such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
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While the large sedan segment is awash with competing vehicles, none really cuts it as a direct rival to the Chrysler 300C. Be that as it may, Buick Lacrosse and Genesis G80 come close. The G80 might be the only option that tries to adequately challenge the Chrysler 300. It too offers an optional V8, a rear wheel drive, and the functionally similar technologies.
All things considered however, the 2018 Chrysler 300C remains a solid choice for shoppers looking for a large full-size sedan.
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2018 Chrysler 300C Interior Facelifts & Changes
The interior is as spacious as it is portrayed on the outside. The Chrysler 300 scores huge marks for its impressive utility, passenger volume, and ease of getting in and out. The rear visibility however spoils the otherwise impeccable spec sheet.
Anyone who has driven the Chrysler 300C probably appreciates the ease of use that comes with its features. Controls and buttons are easy to use and lack any unnecessary cluttering. The Uconnect system is crisp and intuitive.
Thanks to huge doors, entry and exit is as hustle-free as can be. Additionally, getting in and out of the rear passenger seats, too, is easy.
When it comes to spaciousness, the new model, just like the models before it, is appealing. Head, shoulder, legroom – you name it, is sufficient even for taller drivers and passengers.
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Top notch quality is an adjective that perfectly describes what the 300C cabin is all about. Inside and out, the materials are not only of high quality but have also been assembled well. The 300C in particular comes with impressive tight seals that contribute in creating the weirdly quiet atmosphere inside.
Seat and ride comfort is impressive especially for the 300C model, which is the top of the trim model. However, while the ride quality might be soft and floaty, steering inputs make it rock perpetually because of the largely uncontrolled body motions. Again, you’ll notice that lower trims’ seats are wide, flat and featureless. Around back, the rear seat comfort especially for the middle seat passenger is compromised by the tunnel hump.
Features available as standard for the Chrysler 300C 2018 include heated and cooled front cupholders, an upgraded steering wheel, and upgraded leather upholstery. Options include a panoramic sunroof, a nineteen-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a power rear window sunshade.
Exterior Redesigns & Colors
The exterior design language of the 2018 Chrysler 300C seems to have held up remarkably well over the years. It is notoriously modern, crisp and tailored to Brat Pack standards. The overall design has a neat balance of rounded corners and angles. It wears its sheet metal elegantly yet manages to remain simple, and continues to feature a short trunk and a classic nose.
Opting for the top-of-the-range model 300C gets you an aero trim and a whopping 20-inch wheels – unique exterior features that make it stand out from the rest of the offers.
Chrysler 300C exterior colors include Green Metallic Clearcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Ocean Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Bright White Clearcoat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat, Redline Red Tricoat Pearl, Velvet Red, Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat, and Gloss Black.
Standard features offered for the Chrysler 300C 2018 include twenty-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, and a touring-tuned suspension. Additionally, Chrysler also offers the SafetyTec Plus package across all trims but the Touring. It adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision mitigation, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic wipers.
2018 Chrysler 300C Engine Specs
A 3.6L V6 engine is standard across the entire lineup consisting of 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, 300S, and 300 Limited but the 300C. The V6 is rated at a decent output of 292 or 300 horsepower depending on the configuration. Torque stands at 260/264 pounds feet.
No one will however blame you if you decide to jump straight to the heart-throbbing 5.7L V8 engine. Output here stands at 363 horsepower and 394 lbs. ft. of torque. According to the automaker, the engine should enable the Chrysler 300C sprint from naught to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
All models come hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
As per the EPA, the RWD models should be expected to return 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highways. AWD options on the other hand return 18 mpg in the cities and 27 mpg on the highways.
2018 Chrysler 300C Release Date & Price
As pertains the price, Chrysler says the following: a 300 Limited goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $36,595, a 300 S - $35,795, a 300 Touring at $28,995, a 300 Touring L sedan from $32,640, and the top-of-the-range model – the 300C from an MSRP starting from $40,995.
As for the release date, other popular publishers say we should expect the 2018 300C by this fall.
To better gauge who is who in the premium large full-size sedan segment, some of the potent rivals to the existence of the 2018 Chrysler 300C include the Lacrosse from Buick and Impala from Chevy. The Impala is priced competitively beginning from an MSRP of $28,810 and offers features like a smooth and quiet ride, capable optional V6 engine, a sleek cabin laden with futuristic technologies, and a voluptuous rear seat and trunk. Nonetheless, it fails to impress when it comes to quality of interior surfaces, performance is underwhelming especially for the standard four cylinder, and handling is not as good as compared to what rivals offer.
The Lacrosse sedan on the other hand is priced beginning from an MSRP of $41,720. And for such a price, Buick offers a quiet and genuinely luxurious interior, a comfortable and composed ride quality, impressive fuel economy, and surprisingly adept handling. However, the Lacrosse fails miserably when it comes to the rationale explaining the price hike from base to the Preferred model, and the low-mounted seats at the front make ingress and egress an uncomfortable daily ordeal.