With roots that include the breakthrough 1955 and 2005 models, the new 2015 Chrysler 300 takes the nameplate's style and sophistication to new levels and highlights six decades of ambitious American ingenuity through iconic design proportions and inspired materials, world-class quality and craftsmanship, best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy, plus class-exclusive innovations â€” including a state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission now standard on every model, the segment's most advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system, award-winning Uconnect Access services, all-new and segment-exclusive 7-inch full color driver information display (DID) and the newest generation Uconnect systems â€” putting boulevards and interstates on notice once again.
"Our new 2015 Chrysler 300 builds on its 60-year legacy of delivering world-class performance, elegance, sophistication, technology and craftsmanship - a combination that can only be found in our big, bold and proudly American rear-wheel-drive sedan," said Al Gardner, President and CEO - Chrysler Brand. "Beyond its head-turning iconic proportions and even more commanding Chrysler front-end and grille, our new 300 is designed to reward hard-working individuals by delivering class-exclusive technologies, premium appointments and levels of quality of sedans costing thousands more."
Building on the most award-winning new car ever, and celebrating its 60th year, the 300 nameplate boldly takes the Chrysler brand design to new heights, thanks to its iconic exterior proportions with more sculptural style highlighted by a new, commanding Chrysler front-end and grille, and an even more inviting interior with expressive surfaces highlighted by new world-class technologies, emotional colors and materials.
"The Chrysler 300 has always been about the fusion of a powerful presence and the celebration of obtainable luxury. This combination of assets makes it a uniquely American proposition that we continue to expand on." said Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President â€” Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. "For 2015 we dialed-up the 300 sedan's noble personality; it has never been more impossible to ignore, while confidently American in style."
Six decades of head-turning American style
Building on six decades of elegant American design, the new 2015 Chrysler 300 illustrates the brand's new head-turning design sophistication through more sculptural and fluid forms, all while enhancing the sedan's signature silhouette.
"Our new 300 sedan builds on the Chrysler brand's new ethos of head-turning design that is attainable and timeless," said Brandon Faurote, Head of Chrysler Brand Design. "Delivering on this philosophy, the team infused more fluid and elegant forms to the Chrysler 300 sedan's iconic proportions, achieving a look that elevates America's most distinguishable large sedan, while embracing the new design direction of the brand."
At the front of the new 2015 Chrysler 300, a redesigned fascia features a more sculptured surface, taller more prominent grille with a unique dimensional texture and chrome grille surround. The grille contains the Chrysler wing badge, which appears to float within the dramatic grille texture and highlights the new "face of Chrysler." Nestled below the upper grille is an elegantly drawn chrome Mobius strip, which outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounding the new optional LED fog lamps. This new Chrysler 300 design detail provides visual width, and gives the vehicle an athletic appearance consistent with the recently introduced Chrysler 200 sedan for a strong family identity. Highlighting Chrysler brand's use of lighting technology are bi-functional projector beam headlamps, which offer adaptive forward lighting (AFL) to better illuminate road curves ahead, while integrated LED-illuminated daytime running lamps (DRL) form a "C" shape for an unmistakable brand identity. Below, new LED fog lamps are available and provide a crisp, clean and consistent white illumination and technical look.
From the side, unmistakably strong, yet subtly executed shoulder lines pay homage to the Chrysler 300 series design heritage and define the correlation between front and rear wheel arches. A high-beltline stays true to the Chrysler 300 sedan's signature proportion, while its elegantly tailored chrome side window surrounds and available chrome mirrors hint at the luxurious interior within. Seven new wheel designs, ranging from 17 inches to a wider and wheel-well-filling 20 inches, provide the new 2015 Chrysler 300 with a planted, road-holding look.
Finishing the new Chrysler 300 sedan's powerful rear stance is a new sculpted LED tail lamp with an illuminated halo, providing a unique signature appearance. A restyled rear fascia has a more fluid surface and features a tailored chrome fascia trim accent. Below, a new lower valance in black provides visual width and lightens the appearance of the sedan. Last, a pair of elegantly drawn polished exhaust tips, placed in the corners, gives the Chrysler 300 an upscale athletic appearance. These key design elements provide a visual tie to the all-new Chrysler 200 sedan, while keeping each models' unique personality.
New expressive colors for the 2015 Chrysler 300 sedan include Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat and, for the athletic 300S model, Redline 3 Tri-coat Pearl. In addition, Billet Silver, Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Ivory Tri-coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.
Unmistakable proportions, with distinct personalities
Through its lifestyle-driven model lineup, the new 2015 Chrysler 300 illustrates its multiple styles and personalities from the unmistakable exterior proportions - now sculpted with an even more expressive appearance.
Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C
The new 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited models exude elegance and refinement through the chrome grille surround, fascia accent details, as well as chrome side window surrounds. Chrome projector headlamps and accented LED tail lamps provide a premium look, while 17-inch (19-inch with all-wheel drive (AWD)) silver-painted aluminum wheels fill the wheel wells. Adding even more luxury style is the new 2015 Chrysler 300C with chrome mirror caps and door handles that hark back to the prestige of Chrysler brand's original 300 "letter series" cars. Model-specific 18-inch polished wheels (19-inch with AWD) and LED fog lamps hint to the high level of standard equipment within.
Chrysler brand's S-models continue to be among the most sought after lineup of vehicles with an athletic style to match their sport-tuned performance - and for 2015, the new Chrysler 300S has an even more imposing presence. Outside, the Chrysler 300S features a monochromatic look with body-color door handles and fascia inserts. At the front, a new Black Chrome grille surround and lower Mobius strip are paired with black headlamp bezels for a discrete look. Model-specific Chrysler wing badges in Bright Chrome feature a black "Chrysler" center logo. Emphasizing the Chrysler 300S model's iconic silhouette are Gloss Black daylight opening surrounds and the availability of a Gloss Black painted roof. Large 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch with AWD) are finished in Hyper Black and provide a more athletic stance. At the rear, unique 300S-specific LED tail lamps feature black bezels paired to a body-color fascia insert. And with the 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMIÂ®V-8 engine, the new 2015 Chrysler 300S adds more sculptural side sills and a deck-lid spoiler.
Chrysler 300C Platinum
As the top-of-the-line Chrysler sedan, the new 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum is the ultimate in attainable luxury - rewarding its passengers with some of the finest appointments once limited to the privileged few. Large 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) fully polished aluminum wheels provide the Chrysler 300C Platinum with a planted and road-holding look. For a truly distinctive appearance, the satin look of Platinum Chrome highlights the upper grille, which contains a uniquely finished Luxury Black Chrome texture. Other Platinum Chrome accents include the lower Mobius strip, rear fascia accent, door handles and exterior mirror caps.
An interior wrapped in American style and craftsmanship with world-class materials and technology
Inside the new 2015 Chrysler 300 passengers will be immersed in a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality and innovative material choices inspired by American cities, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features.
"To honor 60 years of this American icon and its ability to rival luxury imports, the design team made the Chrysler 300 sedan's interior even more beautiful, comfortable and functional - all while having a greater emotional design impact through the use of premium materials and the latest state-of-the-art technologies," said Klaus Busse, Vice President of Interior Design â€” Chrysler Group LLC. "From segment-exclusive quilted Indigo and Linen Nappa leather paired with hand-sanded open-pore matte wood exclusive to the new 300C Platinum, to the youthful and athletic combination of Piano Black accents, die-cast paddle shifters and Ambassador Blue leather within our 300S model - the newest Chrysler sedan rewards its passenger through provocative style and material combinations once limited to the privileged few."
When designing the new 2015 Chrysler 300, the team incorporated unique design elements and utilized authentic materials in an honest way to create an interior identity that is comfortable yet beautiful. The new 2015 Chrysler 300 interior was designed using three key principles:
+Make an emotional design impact through use of high-quality materials
The design team for the new 2015 Chrysler 300 incorporated unique colors, materials and elements to create an interior identity for each model that is comfortable, yet beautiful and distinctively American.
New 7-inch driver information display
The new 2015 Chrysler 300 features an all-new 7-inch full-color driver information display (DID), which enables the driver to personalize the information displayed in the instrument cluster. The 2015 Chrysler 300 driver information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.
The DID offers a wide range of customization options, from a basic digital speed read out to more detailed vehicle status information, such as tire pressure, fuel economy, audio, warning messages and turn-by-turn navigation.
Operation of the DID is intuitive and clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions. Using buttons on the steering wheel, drivers can customize the screen with as much or as little information as they desire. There are three areas of the instrument cluster display that can be customized with time, temperature, audio, compass or speedometer. The main screens found inside the instrument cluster menu are: gears, fuel economy, vehicle messages, performance information, trip, audio and when equipped, advance driver assistance system information.
Once a main screen is chosen, it becomes the default setting and the vehicle will remember the user's selection upon restarting the new Chrysler 300. Vehicle concerns are instantly reported to the driver via pop-up warning messages on the display. Warning messages are then stored so a driver can review the message at their convenience.
Upgraded Uconnect systems
Each of the newest 2015 Chrysler 300 models come standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The 8.4A is standard on the 300 and 300S, with the option to upgrade to the 8.4AN. The 300C and 300C Platinum models come standard with the Uconnect 8.4AN.
Uconnect 8.4A features and services are available via an 8.4-inch color touchscreen. The system includes a six-month trial of Uconnect Access service and five-year trial of Uconnect Access via Mobile. With its user-friendly touchscreen display and large, easy-to-use icons located along the bottom of the screen, the system offers touchscreen operation for the radio, personal audio devices with player controls, climate, phone and navigation (customer-activated navigation).
A range of features, offered by the premium Uconnect 8.4AN, provides customers with multiple ways to connect their vehicle; HD Radio, one-year trial of SiriusXM Radio (included), five-year trial of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic (included); and voice recognition technology to provide handsfree operation of mobile phones, music and texting. This system also includes a USB, SD card and 3.5 mm auxiliary input in the media console.
Uconnect Access: A suite of connected services
The Uconnect 8.4A and 8.4AN provide owners with an included 6-month or 12-month trial of Uconnect Access services. A variety of services leverage a built-in data connection. With the Uconnect Access app, users can remotely lock or unlock doors or start their vehicles via the web or a smartphone. The Uconnect system includes a 9-1-1 call button on the rearview mirror for a direct connection to emergency services. An Assist Call button also is integrated into the rearview mirror to summon help directly from a roadside assistance provider or connect with Chrysler Group's Chrysler Customer Care or Uconnect Customer Care.
Owners will be confident to know that the all-new 2015 Chrysler 300 is designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade Uconnect Access services, without having to replace their factory installed Uconnect systems. Uconnect Access services are updatable over the air and will downloaded directly to the 8.4AN system, keeping services current and enabling customers to continually evolve their in-vehicle connectivity experience.
With their hands on the wheel, Chrysler 300 customers also can use Uconnect Access, a state-of-the-art voice recognition system that uses the embedded connectivity to access cloud-based voice recognition. When a compatible (check UconnectPhone.com for device compatibility) Bluetooth mobile phone with the Message Access Profile (MAP) is paired, Uconnect Access will:
Announce receipt of incoming texts
Drivers unsure of their destination and looking for popular locations around them can use their voice to conduct a Yelp search and simply say what they are looking for. En route, passengers also can check e-mail or browse news sites. On-demand Wi-Fi hotspot capability enabled by Uconnect Access provides in-cabin wireless Internet connectivity via laptop, tablet or smartphone, whether on the move or at the worksite. Passengers can purchase Wi-Fi for a day, week or month.
Uconnect Access Via Mobile
The Chrysler 300 includes Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an extension of Chrysler Group's suite of Uconnect Access services. Uconnect Access Via Mobile enables customers to enjoy their personal Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker Internet radio accounts and stream audio content using their own mobile device data plans. The result: a truly personalized listening experience.
With Pandora, for instance, customers can register their preferences by hitting the app's familiar buttons - "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" - which are displayed on the available 8.4-inch touchscreen. In addition, unique steering-wheel controls enable song skipping.
Voice recognition technology
The Uconnect system includes voice recognition technology that enables drivers to operate their mobile phone, music and navigation system handsfree, while they stay focused on the road ahead. When a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone is initially connected to the system, the phone book within a mobile phone is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 5,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. The feature also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to SiriusXM Radio, AM, FM, and HD Radio (on Uconnect 8.4AN) and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from the available SiriusXM Travel Link (on Uconnect 8.4AN) using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes driver focus, freedom, value and flexibility.
A variety of ways to control your content
The Uconnect system's controls are placed on the steering wheel in addition to the center stack. Chrysler Group LLC was the first vehicle manufacturer to integrate these rocker switches at the back of the steering wheel, where research has shown customers have a preference. Audio system controls, including next station, radio preset and previous station or track, are located on the left rear. Volume up or down and change audio source are located on the right rear of the steering wheel. This means drivers can keep their hands on the wheel while enjoying a variety of entertainment content sources.
The Uconnect 8.4AN offers navigation standard, including 3-D imagery of landmarks, city models and digital terrain. The Uconnect systems utilize the large, 8.4-inch touchscreen to deliver directions, lane guidance and points of interest. Directions are given audibly and also appear in the vehicle information center - so information is available when the driver needs it. The system features enhanced graphics and a one-step voice entry system so customers can easily say the address and navigate on the go.
Navigation can be activated, on the Uconnect 8.4A system, any time after the vehicle sale.
HD Radio (on Uconnect 8.4AN), SiriusXM Radio and a variety of ways to access digital music, including, USB and 3.5 mm auxiliary inputs as well as a remote USB port in the media console all come standard.
SiriusXM Travel Link
SiriusXM provides information and entertainment. Included with the Uconnect 8.4AN, SiriusXM Travel Link is available as part of a five-year trial and can be operated via voice to provide premium data services and information to make every trip more efficient. SiriusXM Travel Link services include:
Weather: shows coast-to-coast weather data, current conditions and five-day forecasts, detailed storm cell information, hurricane and tropical storm tracking, local wind speeds and even ski resort conditions
SiriusXM Traffic works with premium Uconnect 8.4AN's navigation system to display traffic speed and flow information along with accident information to assist drivers in routing around congested areas.
Premium Audio Systems
The new 2015 Chrysler 300 offers three audiophile-quality audio systems to immerse passengers in the ultimate audio experience, including BeatsAudio by Dr. Dre. The options include:
Alpine six-speaker premium audio system
Chrysler Group continues its rollout of leading-edge safety and security features by equipping the new 2015 Chrysler 300 with 20 high-tech systems, which alert and/or assist drivers in potentially hazardous situations.
In addition to building on its "Top Safety Pick" credentials from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chrysler 300 offers more than 80 safety and security features, including many that are new for 2015. New available features for the model year include Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when frontal collision appears imminent.
Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and, under certain traffic conditions, the system can bring the new 2015 Chrysler 300 to full stop without driver intervention. New Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist introduces subtle steering-wheel input to alert the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action.
New for 2015, 9-1-1 call/Assist Call connects Chrysler 300 occupants directly with emergency-service providers via built-in data connection with a push of a button, a feature exclusive to Chrysler Group's Uconnect Access service.
The following list comprises more than 80 standard and available safety and security features in the new 2015 Chrysler 300, organized by category:
Driver warning and assist, chassis control and brake systems
Available systems featuring ultrasonic, radar, camera and other technologies combine to offer the driver nearly 360-degree awareness and, when circumstances dictate, course-correction assistance.
Advance Brake Assist: If inadequate force is applied to brakes in response to signal from Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Advance Brake Assist increases brake force automatically
Advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags: Inflate with force appropriate to the severity of the impact; meet FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants (standard)
Energy-absorbing steering column: Manual-adjust steering column features two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other to allow for enhanced energy absorption during an impact; power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management (standard)
Active turn signals: Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second (standard)
The new 2015 Chrysler 300 benefits from Chrysler Group's unique and widely acclaimed Uconnect technology.
9-1-1 call/Assist Call: Enabled by built-in data connection, rearview mirror-mounted button connects occupants directly with emergency service providers; for roadside assistance or Uconnect system questions, a separate button establishes direct contact with appropriate call-takers