Many vehicles have died prior to now yr, and a not-insignificant variety of them have been Stellantis merchandise — just like the Dodge Journey and Grand Caravan, in addition to the Fiat 500L and 124. We maintain ready for the Chrysler 300 to affix that record, not as a result of we wish it to, however as a result of it’s spectacular that it’s survived so long as it has. Thankfully, the 300 might be with us for at the least another journey across the solar.
Don’t count on vital adjustments for the 300 because it trundles into 2022, although. One of the highlights for the forthcoming mannequin yr is a brand new cabin filtration system that purifies 95 % of air particulates, lowering mud, allergens, and all kinds of different nastiness you’d fairly not breathe in. When the marquee addition is best air filtration, farewell can’t be too distant.
More substantial adjustments to the vary principally contain choices disappearing or those that stay being tacked onto sure trim ranges as normal tools. The black-trimmed Sport Appearance Group will now be added to all Touring L vehicles — it used to command an additional $995. And the upper-end 300S will get the not-vaguely-named-at-all Popular Equipment Group, which features a 506-watt amplifier and Alpine premium audio normal as effectively. That one used to price $3,495. Unfortunately, the Uconnect 4C infotainment system within the 300 gained’t be upgraded to the newer Google-based Uconnect 5 software program current within the Pacifica and different Stellantis merchandise.
As for what’s gone, you may say goodbye to the least-boring exterior and inside colours the 300 beforehand got here in. On the surface, Amethyst and Canyon Sunset are gone; on the within, Radar Red is not any extra. That leaves simply Black and Black with Linen for the cabin, based on MoparInsiders. How daring.
As the second-generation 300 enters its eleventh mannequin yr, it’s troublesome to withstand poking enjoyable on the huge bruiser’s age. But I’m legitimately glad it’s nonetheless with us. The 300 doesn’t really feel fairly as previous because it truly is, it nonetheless appears fairly dang good and — at $42,490 for final yr’s 300S V8 — it stays a really cheap path to rear-wheel drive and eight cylinders for a contemporary sedan.
Sales of the 300 have just about solely decreased year-on-year by way of the final decade, based on GoodCarBadCar. The present era peaked in 2012 with 78,417 automobiles bought; final yr, simply 16,473 new 300s left Chrysler tons. The Charger and even the Challenger’s numbers are significantly more healthy, which is probably going the one motive the 300 continues to stay on. Let’s cherish it whereas we are able to.