The Chrysler 300 underwent no changes last year other than a little equipment shuffling. For 2018, we expect no significant updates to the big sedan.
As a carryover, we don’t anticipate any tweaks to the 300’s body. It should retain its large, chiseled body that is oddly powerful- and luxurious-looking.
We expect the same inside the cabin, but unlike the exterior, this part of the 300 could use a little freshening up due to its overly dark look. For buyers looking for something all-new, we anticipate a full redesign sometime in 2020.
With no visual changes on the docket, we also expect no tweaks in standard features. If this is true, then expect to continue to see heated mirrors, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 8.4-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, and more.
We don’t expect anything new in the powertrain department, which means the 300 should continue with its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine with 292 horsepower. On the 300S, this 3.6-liter V6 sees its power rise to 300 hp.
Buyers expecting more oomph will continue to have the option of a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 363 hp and a sub-six-second 0-60 time. All engines will continue to come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 has optional all-wheel drive.
The Chrysler 300 is built on an old platform, and this results in some struggles in the safety department. In IIHS testing, the 2017 300 received “Good” ratings in four of the five tests, but in the tough small-overlap test, it received only a “Marginal” rating.
The current 300 does, however, have the latest safety goodies, like available front collision warning with automatic braking. With no changes planned, these ratings should remain the same for 2018.
Expect a full review closer to launch.