The venerable Chrysler 300 will quickly exit manufacturing, however a alternative seems to be within the works.
Mopar Insiders experiences a 300 successor was previewed to sellers at a gathering in Las Vegas final month, and it resembled a automobile depicted in wireframe again in 2021.
As an alternative of the blocky styling of the outgoing 300, the brand new automobile encompasses a sleeker five-door liftback physique model. The replacements for the present Dodge Charger and Challenger can even reportedly supply this physique format, alongside a two-door coupe.
Just like the next-generation Dodges, the 300 alternative is predicted to make use of the STLA Massive structure.
These underpinnings will help electrical motors producing between 125kW and 330kW, creating the tantalising risk of dual-motor 660kW all-wheel drive powertrains.
STLA Massive autos can even be capable of help battery capacities from 101-118 kWh, facilitating a most vary of as much as 800km.
This platform can even help combustion engines like the brand new Hurricane inline-six household, although no STLA Massive autos so far have been confirmed to make use of these engines.
The model plans to go electric-only by 2027, and is about to obtain new product within the form of a manufacturing model of the Airflow crossover idea, which is able to reportedly launch in 2024 as a 2025 mannequin.
Chrysler claims the idea has between 560km and 645km of vary.
After a couple of many years of being a close to full-line model, Chrysler now sells simply two fashions. One in every of these is the 300, set to exit manufacturing by 2024, whereas the opposite is the Pacifica individuals mover.
Its international footprint has shrunk, with Chrysler having departed Europe and exiting Australia final yr. And with a smaller line-up, US gross sales have plunged from nearly 650,000 autos in 2005 to simply 112,713 in 2022.
Bizarrely, Chrysler has resisted the worldwide pattern in direction of SUVs. It has solely ever supplied two: the 2004-08 Pacifica crossover, and the short-lived body-on-frame 2007-09 Aspen.
Whereas the modern styling of the 300 successor is a dramatic change from the stately 2005-10 and 2011-present generations of 300, the Chrysler model is not any stranger to modern giant sedans.
The 2005 300 was the alternative for the rakish front-wheel drive 300M, which was additionally offered alongside the curvaceous Concorde and LHS.
Chrysler additionally supplied the mid-sized Cirrus sedan, later changed by the Sebring (offered right here from 2007 to 2009) after which the 200.