FCA is having quite tough times for the past couple of years because of its below-par specs offered in its cars for unreasonable prices. And if that does not make it worse for Chrysler, the sedan car segment in the United States is taking quite a huge hit because of the rising popularity of SUVs which is preferred by almost everyone in every price range.
A lot of popular sedans from major manufacturers are now out of production because of the rising demand for SUVs. The one sedan car which was pretty much expected to go out of sales was the Chrysler 300. But that’s not what it looks like Chrysler is still planning to sell the updated Chrysler 300 for the 2021 model year.
The original Chrysler 300 was launched back in 2004 and as everyone knows that Chrysler is pretty slow with revolutionary updates with their cars, the Chrysler also suffered from the same. The second generation of the Chrysler 300 came after a long 7 years and still, there is no third generation of the 300. The rivals to the Chrysler 300 include the likes of the Nissan Maxima and the Toyota Avalon both of which are really very competitive sedan cars in the segment.
What’s new for 2021?
Chrysler once again, unfortunately, disappoints by not bringing the third generation of the Chrysler 300 and is still bringing minor updates to the 2020 model with renaming it as 2021 Chrysler 300 though staying very similar to that of the 2020 model.
This may not sound good for the new buyers waiting to get the 2021 Chrysler 300 but the existing current-generation 2020 Chrysler 300 owners will absolutely love it. There are however some minor design tweaks to the exterior of the 2021 Chrysler 300 along with some added interior and convenience features making it line with the current generation Chrysler cars and its rivals in the segment.
The updates expected with the Chrysler 300 with the 2021 model may include a tweaked front face with a new pattern for the grille differentiating from the older generation models. Other updates include new exterior colors along with more options for the upholstery on the interiors.
And as some new interior and convenience features are expected with the 2021 Chrysler 300, some older convenience and interior features can be standardized along with some safety features and driver assistance technologies which are overall a good thing for the new customers.
How well does the 2021 Chrysler 300 perform?
Yet another aspect where Chrysler fails is with the most important part in its sedan cars. The engines on the 2021 Chrysler are expected to have the same duo of engines found on the 2020 model.
This means that the base engine is the 3,6 naturally aspirated V6 unit that produces a healthy 292 hp along with 260 lb-ft of torque on offer. There is the much bigger more powerful meaner 5.7-liter HEMI V8 unit which will be the choice for the true enthusiasts as that V8 is one hell of an engine and none of its rivals can match its performance.
Though being slightly less powerful than its rival, the 2021 Chrysler 300 still takes just 6.3 seconds to reach the 60 mph from a standstill which is really impressive. The power is sent to the rear wheels on the base trims whereas there is an option to get all-wheel-drive with higher trim levels which are not the case with its rivals as they come only as front-wheel-drive cars.
Transmission duties are handled with the help of a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox which is far more superior than the CVT found on its rivals. And being a Chrysler, the focus is a little bit more on the comfort side with the 2021 Chrysler 300.
But it still has a perfect balance between ride quality and driving dynamics, unlike its rivals. The steering wheel is also well weighted and provides adequate feedback to the driver when driving and the Chrysler 300 stays pretty much stable even on the higher speeds on the highway.
Trims and Features
The 2021 Chrysler 300 just like that of the 2020 model is expected to come in a total of five trims namely the base Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited, and the range-topping 300C. Chrysler has made sure that all the trim levels are well equipped with the higher more convenience features reserved for the higher trims and the much-needed features are available with even the base Touring trim as standard which is a really good thing.
The base Touring trim is expected to start at around $30,040 and gets features like tilt and telescopic to adjust options for the steering, Bi function projector headlamps, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Uconnect 4C system, and ParkView rear backup camera as standard. The Touring L trim gets additional equipment to the Touring with new features like 18.0-inch alloy wheels, security alarm, heated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seats for a price at around $33,315.
The 300S and the Limited come under higher trim levels which start at around $36,995 and $38,595 respectively. For these higher price tags than the base Touring and Touring L trim levels, you get features like a size speaker Alpine sound system, LED fog lamps, remote vehicle start, 20.inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, and LED interior lighting.
The range-topping trim is the 300C which not only adds up on the features with the Limited trim but also gets the more powerful bigger 5.7-liter HEMI V8 unit which is simply the best engine to come with the Chrysler 300. It also gets other features like automatic HID headlamps, luxury floor mats, and real wood finishes on the interiors of the car.
Which trim should you go for?
The Chrysler 300 was never really the best selling car in its segment and it was absolutely never the value for money option either. It strikes a balance between its rivals which are mostly from Japanese manufacturers and are not the best in terms of performance and driving dynamics. The Chrysler 300 is a great choice for those who want an American car which gives them everything they need and performs a lot better than its rivals.
All the trim levels of the 2021 Chrysler 300 are well equipped but if to pick one, we would really recommend the higher Limited trim level as it gets all the goodies you need for a reasonable price along with good performance and the option to select between rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive drivetrain. But for the true enthusiasts, the 300C is the only trim to go for as it is just livelier and performs a lot better which will put a smile on your face when doing spirited driving.