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11th July, 2012

The new Chrysler 300 range is now arriving at Australia Chrysler dealers with an eight-speed automatic transmission, dynamic suspension, advanced safety and security features, three engines including frugal diesel V6, and high performance V8-powered SRT model.

Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in the sub-$70k large car class, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 series sedans offer world-class technological innovation and quality – while delivering stylistic distinction and premium 'E-segment' features at a legendary value.

The brilliant new Chrysler 300 four-model range offers outstanding choices such as V6 petrol or diesel power, V8 petrol, an eight-speed automatic transmission in some models plus premium features such as carbon-fibre and wood grain finishes and 100 per cent Napa leather.

“This is the type of legitimate luxury and unflinching performance that Australian motorists desire,” said Fiat Chrysler Group Australia’s CEO Clyde Campbell.


  • Electronic Pedestrian Protection
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Brake Assist and All-speed Traction Control (ASTC)
  • ParkSense® front and rear park assist system
  • Next generation multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags
  • Supplemental front seat-mounted air bags
  • Supplemental side-curtain air bags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Rear child seat anchor system

The Chrysler 300 was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the influential US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), achieving their highest rating.

IIHS recognises vehicles with outstanding crashworthiness in front, side, roll-over and rear crashes. The new Chrysler flagship received ‘good’ ratings, the highest achievable, in all four categories.

To be considered, vehicles must have available electronic stability control (ESC) systems that significantly reduce crash risks. Chrysler 300 has standard ESC. The Chrysler 300 is packed with standard safety features including full-length side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, driver’s knee bag, dual seat belt pretensioners on front-row seats, front-row reactive head restraints, ABS, All-Speed Traction Control (ASTC), Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist, Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking.

Other life saving safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) side mirrors, which use radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes or if being passed by unseen vehicles. The BSM system also includes Rear Cross-Path Detection (RCP), which monitors for vehicles/objects in perpendicular relationships to the vehicle when manoeuvring backward in parking lots.

Parksense® front and rear park assist sensors detect the presence of objects up to approximately 1.2-metres to the front of the vehicle and 1.9-metres to the rear and provide both an audible and visual warning in the EVIC (Electronic Vehicle Information Centre) when in reverse or driving forward.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) use a radar sensor mounted at the front of the car to detect objects. If the lane ahead is clear, the chosen cruise control speed will be maintained. However, when slower traffic is detected, ACC automatically adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. Forward Collision Warning is an enhanced safety feature that provides an audible warning if the driver is approaching an object too fast, thus helping the driver determine what action to take to prevent a potential collision.

Electronic Stability Control aids the driver by detecting when the vehicle is veering off its intended path. It links the anti-lock brake system (ABS) with All-speed Traction Control (ATC) and Brake Assist. The latter provides increased braking pressure for optimal stopping distances when it senses that a panic braking event has occurred.

A four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) affords premium stopping power on the all-disc system, offering improved steering control under most extreme braking and/or slippery conditions.

Braking performance is further enhanced by the inclusion of Ready Alert Braking, and Rain Brake Support, the latter applying slight pressure to periodically dry the brake discs when the windscreen wipers are activated.

Hill Start Assist (HSA) automatically applies the brakes momentarily to help prevent roll-back on hills and inclines.

Keyless Enter ‘n Go automatically unlocks the doors when you pull the handle, provided you are carrying the key, avoiding the need to fumble for a key fob. Once inside, a simple press of the Start/Stop button and brake pedal brings your Chrysler 300 engine to 'life'.

For night driving, the Chrysler 300’s headlamps project a bright-white beam that offers approximately three times the light output of a conventional headlamp, resulting in clearer forward vision.

Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) automatically adjusts headlamp direction for improved night-time driving visibility. Computing vehicle speed and steering wheel angle it determines headlamp projection from straight ahead to 7° inward or 18° outward. The AFL system incorporates an automatic levelling feature for better visibility on sloping paths, aligning the HID Bi-xenon headlamps to match the vehicle-to-road pitch.

In the event of a collision, the Chrysler 300’s body crush zones are designed to divert and dissipate impact energy away from the passenger compartment, to help minimise injuries.

An Intelligent battery sensor system continually measures the flow of current into and out of the battery, enabling intelligent load shedding, which systematically shuts off the vehicle’s electrical systems if the battery is running low to prevent depletion.

Standard pressure sensors in the tyre valves provide constant tyre pressure monitoring, allowing for automatic detection and notification when tyre pressure is low.

When reversing at low speeds a camera provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle on the Uconnect® Touch navigation screen. The screen also displays grid lines to assist the driver when manoeuvring into parking spaces or narrow areas.

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“The 2012 Chrysler 300 is built on the idea that luxury feels better earned – that those who worked hard to achieve their place in the world should demand as much as is demanded of them.” Saad Chehab, Head, Chrysler Brand — Chrysler Group LLC.

The next-generation Chrysler 300 is designed, engineered and executed to set a new standard of perceived quality, comfort, performance, and available amenities. Like its predecessor, the new four-door, five passenger, unibody offering is a derivative of the Chrysler global rear-drive, full-size sedan architecture.

Chrysler engineers and designers visited and observed scores of owners of the Chrysler 300, and competitor vehicles to learn how owners interacted with their vehicles and determine their rational and emotional needs.

From the customer research and interaction, a comprehensive list of 4,100 customer wants and desires was developed. Each of these went into the vehicle process and were continually measured. Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) processes were executed to ensure the desires of customers were effectively met.

As a result, the 2012 Chrysler 300 range is engineered to meet or exceed benchmarks established by offerings priced thousands – and in some cases tens of thousands – of dollars more. Comfort, appearance and noise/vibration initiatives benchmarked the Lexus LS 460. Feature and technologies targeted the Hyundai Genesis. Fuel economy aimed for the Toyota Avalon. Ride and handling was focused on the BMW 5-series.

By literally building the voice of the customer and prestige sedan standards into the vehicle development process, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is engineered to establish new benchmarks in its class.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 range is a modern yet timeless execution of Chrysler tastefully reinterpreting its core values of being both sophisticated and luxurious.

The new Chrysler 300 range is clearly the next-generation of its successful predecessor, but can hardly be considered “evolutionary” – in fact it redefines the nameplate with a new level of “dynamic energy”.

Speaking at the launch of Chrysler’s much-anticipated 300 range, Chrysler Australia CEO Clyde Campbell said the company was “proud to offer Australians the best luxury sedan we’ve ever built, one that can stand tall alongside the best Australia or the world can produce.”

“This car puts into practice everything that’s made Chrysler such a legend in the automotive world,” Campbell said.

“It delivers all the aesthetics and symmetry associated with being the great American road car.”

“Once Australian enthusiasts experience the performance, quality and value of the new Chrysler 300 range, they’ll realise that this is a world-class car, equally capable of taking on Australia’s best home-grown large rear-drive sedans, as it is at tackling the very best from Germany, Japan and Korea.”

“For too long Australians wanting a large, powerful rear-wheel drive sedan priced below $70,000 had little to choose from other than Commodore or Falcon,” said Campbell.

“With the arrival of the highly featured and excellent value new Chrysler 300 range, Australian drivers have the opportunity to choose one of the world’s finest luxury E-Class sedans at an amazing value for money price.”

Styling and Manufacture

  • Bold Chrysler style and design
  • 18-inch (300 Limited and 300C) or 20-inch aluminium wheels (available 300C, standard 300C Luxury and SRT8)
  • High beltline and dramatic body-to-side-glass proportion
  • Flexible capabilities (60/40 split-folding rear seat and large, spacious boot

With its elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300 takes the ‘300’ nameplate to new heights and is a fitting expression of Chrysler’s history of stylistic distinction and technological innovation. (copyright image)

Chrysler 300C

Constructed using premium materials, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 delivers more than unmistakably American style – with state-of-the-art connectivity, world-class levels of quietness, remarkable efficiency, true craftsmanship and outstanding quality and execution of design, the 2012 Chrysler 300 offers a rewarding driving experience in addition to all the aesthetics and symmetry associated with being “the great American road car”.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 is an icon of Detroit-designed American ingenuity, a modern yet timeless execution of Chrysler elegance, tastefully re-interpreting the sophisticated and luxurious designs of the original Chrysler 300 more than 55 years ago.

Inspired by that car, and its award-winning successor, the now superseded 300C, Chrysler’s renowned Auburn Hills-based automotive design team has taken the original’s distinctive look and infused it with a more elegant, and sophisticated architectural feel. The refinements have provided a dynamically-sound masterpiece, characterised by its raked-back windshield, forward-leaning fascia and integrated rear spoiler.

New exterior features providing improved vehicle appearance and functionality include the application of rolled framed doors (rather than full-stamped doors which were used on previous generation vehicles) enabling smaller pillars, gap-free surfacing, and significantly improved wind noise performance.

Other exterior features which contribute to the Chrysler 300’s striking good looks, impressive quality and great functionality include:

  • An additional encapsulated quarter glass application in the rear doors results in a six-window design that, along with a slightly lower belt line and thinner pillar sections, increases visibility by 15 per cent.
  • The upper windshield line is 76mm higher providing better visibility at traffic signals.
  • Rear fascia-mounted exhaust tips over the standard dual-exhaust ensures consistent fit and appearance and proper clearance between the authentic chrome tips and fascia throughout the life of the vehicle.
  • Aerodynamic applications – including extensive under body shielding, crisp rear parting lines on lamps and quarters, more swept windshields, and snug fitting wheel liners – contribute to an overall co-efficient of drag improvement of seven to eight per cent, improving overall fuel economy.
  • Using a laser-braising process to join the roof panel and rail sections together eliminates unsightly roof ditches ensuring a clean, uninterrupted top surface.
  • Rolled door panels for better fit and finish.
  • Extensive use of advanced light emitting diode (LED) illumination ensures dramatic appearance in both the forward and rear portions of the vehicle.
  • An electric locking fuel door with cap-less fuel fill ensures simplicity in access, use, and security.

Interior design

The same level of design ingenuity and craftsmanship on display in the Chrysler 300’s exterior is carried over to the vehicle’s interior, where new and redesigned features provide a dramatically more upscale look and feel, incorporating more sculpted surfaces and expressive lines.

Among the range of new interior features providing improved vehicle appearance and functionality are:

  • The upper instrument panel, upper doors, and the sides of the centre console are covered using cast-formed skin technology to ensure a pleasing soft touch surface.
  • Three-dimensional graining in the instrument panel and upper door surfaces enables a dual gloss appearance that delivers sheen similar to suede or leather. Under a microscope, the graining appears as peaks and valleys ensuring a “flat” sheen appearance.
  • Sapphire blue lighting to dials in the 300C Luxury model.
  • Seat upholstery consists of premium flat-weave fabrics or real, 100 per cent covered Napa leather seat skins.
  • Storage opportunities are intuitively designed and refined. The majority are illuminated, flocked, and have damped access.
  • The front cup holders have tambour door covers and optional heaters with red ambient lighting and coolers with sapphire blue lighting.
  • The seats have been redesigned for optimum comfort using dual-density foam, a new spring suspension, and top layers of light-density foam sewn into the covers for a “pillow-top” design.
  • Ambient LED lighting, located in foot wells, door pull cups, overhead console (for centre console illumination), door map pockets, and cubby bin is offered for evening illumination.
  • All pillars, from the belt line up, are wrapped with the same woven material that’s carried in the headliner.
  • Interior appointments spare no expense and include hydrographic or real wood appliqués.

As a result of these and many other detail changes, the Chrysler 300 interior stands apart from its rivals.

Luxury features abound, including illuminated heated and cooled cup holders, LED lighting, heated front and rear seats, as well as ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Comfort and convenience

The four-spoke thick-rimmed steering wheel provides enhanced feel and grip and comes standard with tilt/telescoping adjustment for optimised driver control. Backlit Cruise Control and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) controls are mounted on the steering wheel’s front face to optimise usability, while audio controls are mounted on the rear of the steering wheel.

The Chrysler 300’s Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) is an interactive colour display in the instrument cluster that allows the driver to select and customise personal settings, such as fuel economy, distance to empty, engine temperature, fluid levels and tyre pressure.

Other convenience features include Keyless Enter ’N Go, a standard Humidity Sensor with Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) that enables an auto-defog capability, and an ingenious capless fuel filler door which can only be opened via an interior switch.

Innovative luxury conveniences include an optional (300C and 300C Luxury) power backlight sunshade for the rear window, which diffuses light for rear-seat occupants. The shade incorporates anti-pinch technology that stops actuation when an object is detected in its path.

An optional panoramic dual-pane sunroof system covers more than 70 per cent of the 300’s roof area. It includes power tilt and express-open features. An interior shade matches the headliner in both colour and material. The system is activated via switches in the overhead console.


A range of exterior accessories are available to provide a bespoke vehicle appearance, including unique grille offerings, expanded wheel offerings, graphic colour accent pieces, and vehicle protection offerings.

Likewise, further interior accessories are available to provide a unique customer environment including LED illuminated door sill entry guards, a T-handle Mopar shifter, aluminium pedal kits.

Colour and trim

With the choice of nine exterior colours and six interior trim treatments there is also ample room for personalisation of the new Chrysler 300.

Exterior colours include Bright White, Gloss Black, Bright Silver Metallic, Deep Cheery Red Crystal Pearl, Cashmere Pearl+, Ivory Tri-Coat Pearl, Tungsten Metallic, Blackberry Pearl+, Luxury Brown Pearl+ (NOTE: + not available on 300 SRT).

Interior trims include Radar Red, Napa leather trim with perforated suede (optional on 300 SRT); Black, Napa leather trim with perforated suede (standard on 300 SRT); Dark Frost Beige/Light Frost Beige perforated Napa leather trim (Optional on 300C and 300C Luxury); Black perforated Napa leather trim (Standard on 300C and 300C Luxury); Light Frost Beige Ashby/Balsa (Optional on 300 Limited); Black Ashby/Balsa (Standard on 300 Limited).

A range of stylish alloy wheels allow further customisation of the Chrysler 300 range.

Standard on the 300 Limited and 300C are 18-inch aluminium wheels, while 20-inch polished face wheels are standard on 300C Luxury and optional on 300C. The range-topping 300 SRT8 features striking 20-inch polished silver forged aluminium SRT® design wheels. Also available on the 300 SRT8® as part of the Black Chrome options group are 20-inch black chrome forged aluminium wheels.


  • Choose from three different engines:
    – 3.6-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 petrol engine
    – 3.0-litre CRD DOHC 24-valve turbo-diesel engine
    – 6.4-litre V8 SRT HEMI FST and VVT
  • World-class suspension system, including short/long arm front and sophisticated five-link independent rear
  • Segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission

The new Chrysler 300 offers a range of sophisticated powertrain combinations that deliver enhanced fuel efficiency along with exceptional power.

Petrol V6

Entry level models will be equipped with Chrysler’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6. This state-of-the-art petrol V6 engine features a high-pressure die cast cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration, dual overhead camshafts with roller finger followers and hydraulic lash adjusters, variable valve timing (for enhanced efficiency and power), multi-port fuel injection, and dual three-way catalytic converters (for reduced NOx emissions).

The lightweight engine returns fuel efficiency of 13.9 L/100 km in city driving and 6.7 L/100 km in highway driving, while delivering a muscular 210 kW at 6,350 rpm, and 340 Nm of torque at 4,650 rpm.

When matched to the all-new eight speed automatic transmission it can cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 7.0 seconds.

Diesel V6

For the driver demanding the exceptional blend of performance and economy that only a modern turbo-diesel can deliver, the Chrysler 300’s new 3.0-litre diesel V6 is produced by VM Motori in the main assembly plant in Cento, Italy.

Engine block strength has been improved using a two-piece, compacted graphite iron (CGI) 60-degree cylinder block with a sturdy ladder frame that helps reduce engine noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), while increasing engine strength and serviceability. Aluminium cylinder heads help to reduce overall engine weight and the quad overhead chain-driven camshafts allow the airflow required to increase torque to 550 Nm @ 1,800 – 2,000 rpm, and power to 176 kW @ 4,000 rpm.

The VM Motori diesel engine uses the Bosch CP4.2 common-rail, direct injection fuel system operating at 1800 bar and, with its diesel particulate filter (DPF), is designed to meet EURO 5 emission standards.

Matched to the standard W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission the diesel V6 returns 9.5 L/100 km in urban driving and a frugal 5.7 L/100 km on the highway. With its outstanding 550 Nm of peak torque available form a low 1,800 rpm it propels the Chrysler 300 from rest to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 230 km/h. (copyright image)

Chrysler 300 SRT8

SRT8 Hemi V8

For the performance driver, at the top of the Chrysler 300 hierarchy sits the potent and evocative-sounding all-new 6.4-litre Hemi V8, ensuring the 300 SRT8’s status as one of the most powerful factory-fettled sports saloons on the planet.

Backed by decades of uncompromising Chrysler V8 engine development, the new 6.4-litre Hemi stands tall as one of the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8s, punching out a track-worthy 347 kW @ 6,100 rpm and a tidal wave of 631 Nm of torque at a low 4,150 rpm.

The legendary Hemi V8 engine has also benefited from a range of comprehensive enhancements designed to improve performance and efficiency. Compared to the previous 300C SRT8, this latest development of the venerable Hemi V8 includes comprehensive enhancements to the bore, stroke, cam, heads, compression, intake and exhaust systems.

This latest iteration Hemi V8 features a sophisticated electronic throttle control system; aluminium cylinder heads with hemispherical combustion chambers for outstanding airflow leading to high power and torque; high compression ratio; dual knock sensors; and dual ignition (two spark plugs per cylinder) to improve peak power and torque while reducing exhaust emissions.

Other features new to the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 include Fuel Saver Technology, an upgraded form of the Chrysler multiple-displacement system (MDS) that deactivates half of the engine’s cylinders over a broader range of operating conditions to improve fuel economy from five to 20 per cent depending on driving conditions. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) delivers significant efficiencies and performance that shows in the engine’s willingness to respond to driver commands.

The engine also features a new interactive decel fuel shut-off (iDFSO) that turns off the flow of fuel during vehicle deceleration for improved real-world fuel economy without any noticeable changes in engine performance. This iDFSO is also featured on the 3.6-litre Pentastar engine.

As a result of these changes the new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 delivers urban cycle consumption of 20.4 L/100 km, extra-urban cycle of 8.7 L/100 km, a combined cycle of 13.0 L/100 km, and CO2 emissions of 303 g/km.

Eight-speed automatic

Chrysler Australia is the first manufacturer in the affordable large car class to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard on all models equipped with the Pentastar V6.

Once limited to premium luxury models costing several times the Chrysler 300’s price, the new segment-exclusive ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission with e-shifter, when matched to the impressive 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 expands the world-class power and fuel efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300 range.

The new 845RE eight-speed automatic transmission, introduced and licensed through ZF, is typically found on high-end luxury cars including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Range Rover and Rolls-Royce.

The new eight-speed automatic will be offered on the 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Luxury, matched exclusively to Chrysler’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6.

The addition of more gear ratios in the transmission helps reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting. Vehicles benefit from nearly imperceptible gear changes due in part to small, evenly spaced gear steps between each gear ratio, providing quicker acceleration and smoother shifts.

Passengers will experience world-class levels of refinement due to small, evenly spaced ratios that provide quicker acceleration and smoother shifts.

With its lower gear spread the transmission ensures low engine operation for significant fuel economy benefits. Its wide ratio spread provides the best possible fuel economy and a subsequent reduction in harmful emissions.

Compact and lightweight, the new transmission requires no structural changes over the five speed automatic fitted to other models, and despite the addition of more gears, the transmission actually weighs just 3kg more than the five-speed automatic transmission.

Coupled to the new rear-wheel-drive automatic is a differential with final drive ratio of 2.65:1. The transmission efficiency and gear ratio spread enable spending more time at lower engine rpm and the use of numerically lower axle ratios further improve highway fuel economy.

Fully electronic and aided with software that provides an adaptive shifting strategy, the 845RE has been designed to provide optimal shifting characteristics consistent with the Chrysler brand.

Adaptive shifting takes into account a number of variables including engine torque gradients, kick down, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, hill detection, friction detection and downshift detection in determining shift patterns. Additional parameters include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control activation and high temperatures that can affect transmission shifting.

High efforts in shifting also have been eliminated with gear selection controlled by a shift-by-wire system. The position selected by the driver (P, R, N, D) is transmitted electronically with no mechanical linkage from the shifter to the transmission. Elimination of this linkage removes any shift effort from the driver’s gear selection. Shift-by-wire also allows improved calibration and smoothness of garage and parking lot shifts.

All shifts, whether single, double or multiple are performed as a direct result of the pedal position. Downshifts are made with very short response times and lead directly to the requested gear. Multiple upshifts can be decoupled temporarily if the torque request changes during the upshift. This helps eliminate the shift searching of the transmission.

During more spirited driving conditions, sporty, quick shifts are possible as a result of multiple parameters either through a Sport shift mode that requires simple driver input.

At the rear of the shifter is a gate that allows for down- and up-shifting by the driver. Once the vehicle is in the Sport mode, the driver can use either the console-mounted shifter or a pair of paddle controls located on the steering wheel on the 300C Luxury.

Once the Sport mode is selected, shift times are quicker and engine rpm is allowed to increase for a more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics.

Internally, the 845RE transmission features four gear sets and five shift elements (multidisc clutches and brakes). With fewer open shift elements, drag losses due to multiple parts rotating relative to one another, are reduced.

Additionally, lower viscosity transmission fluid is used resulting in improved transmission efficiency and fuel economy improvements especially during cold environments or vehicle start-up. The 845RE also is “fill for life” not requiring oil changes during normal driving conditions.

The all-new automatic transmission will initially be purchased through ZF. Production by Chrysler at its Kokomo transmission facility under license by the German-based company is slated for a later time.


  • Dynamic benefits of rear-wheel drive configuration
  • Revised suspension geometry, hardware and tuning
  • Stronger structure due to expanded use of high-strength steels
  • Low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics
  • Electro-hydraulic power steering

As a large, powerful rear wheel drive sedan the Chrysler 300 will appeal directly to the many Australian drivers who have long preferred the dynamic advantages of rear-wheel drive over alternatives such as front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The same drivetrain configuration is chosen by many leading premium brands including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Lexus for the simple reason that rear-wheel drive offers superior handling and greater levels of driving enjoyment and engagement.

Among its many benefits rear-wheel-drive also offers enhanced traction and launch characteristics, especially in large, powerful vehicles, due to inherent weight shifts – given that in virtually all cases, vehicle weight shifts rearward at launch.

Other proven benefits of rear-wheel drive include enhanced cornering performance when the vehicle is driven aggressively; improved traction as passengers and cargo are added (again, due to the inherent physics associated with launch and acceleration); dramatically reduced tendencies for torque steer or steering wheel twist during acceleration; and an enhanced ability to achieve near-50/50 (50.9:49.1) front/rear weight distribution, which inherently improves driving dynamics.

The advent of advanced chassis control systems – including anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control (TCS) standard across the Chrysler 300 range, enable rear-drive components and systems to deliver their inherent benefits regardless of surface or climate.

Along with the fundamental advantage it enjoys over rivals due to its rear wheel drive configuration, the new Chrysler 300 range has also benefitted from significant improvements to its chassis and suspension.

Enhanced suspension

With its premium hydrobushings combined with revised shock absorbers, spring rates and redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries, the new Chrysler 300 range delivers superior handling and ride comfort.

All variants have had particular attention paid to tuning the suspension for superior ride comfort while maintaining precise handling. Most notable over the previous model is the improved body and wheel control, optimised road-surface contact during cornering and enhanced handling prowess seen in models across the range.

Multiple suspension bushings and a rear stabiliser bar help reduce road harshness over bumps to provide a smooth, quiet ride, while a new electro-hydraulic power steering system on the 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Luxury helps provide improved fuel efficiency and increased steering capability. The SRT8 stays true to its performance origins with a fully hydraulic steering system.

Stiffer, stronger platform

The new Chrysler 300 range also provides a much stiffer platform thanks to a number of structural enhancements that mixes and strategically positions advanced steels where they are most needed. As a result, the bending frequency on the new Chrysler 300C has a stiffness rating near the top of the luxury car vehicle class.

Approximately 67 per cent of the lower structure and 53 per cent of the upper structure of the vehicles are constructed of high-strength or advanced high-strength steels. Most notable is the application of TRIP (transformation induced plasticity) steels in the upper structure – a material used in the B-pillar, front pillar, and body panel reinforcements – that enables the vehicle to carry four-times the weight of the vehicle in rollover events.

The advanced steels used on the new Chrysler 300 are stronger than those used on predecessor offerings. On previous generation vehicles, the highest tensile strength of steels used was in the range of 344 MPa to 552 MPa (50 to 80 kilo-pound per square inch [KSI]); advanced steels used on the new models regularly reach 552 MPa or higher, and in some cases, well in excess of 1000 MPa.

The overall result delivers a host of benefits, including a solid, upscale sedan feel, extremely low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics, exceptional crashworthiness, and excellent weight distribution.

Whatever engine or specification level they choose, customers can be assured that inside the new Chrysler 300 is quiet at any speed thanks to laminated acoustic windshield and front door glass, body-silencing foam, fibre acoustic wheel liners and two full-length acoustic under body close outs that virtually eliminate road noise.


  • U Connect Touch 8.4 CD/DVD/MP3/NAV with 8.4 inch
  • touch screen display, audio jack and remote USB port (Nav not available on 300 Limited)
  • Uconnect Phone is in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows you to talk on your Bluetooth® compatible phone virtually hands-free.
  • Advanced technologies (in-cluster Electronic Vehicle information Centre (EVIC), dual-zone automatic temperature control (ATC)
  • Available Napa leather-trimmed seating featuring heated and ventilated front seats and memory position function

In the new Chrysler 300 range driver and passengers can remain connected, comfortable and entertained thanks to Uconnect® Touch, an intuitive hub with which occupants can manage all of their media — CD, DVD, MP3, mobile phone, and navigation.

Featuring a large 8.4-inch touch screen display, the largest in its class, the system not only offers world-class infotainment, connectivity and convenience technologies, all bundled in an intuitive and easy to use interface, but the ability to use the display to access climate control, heated seats, power convenience features and radio controls.

Featuring a voice-activated communication system that allows you to pair up to seven Bluetooth® compatible phones, the user-friendly Uconnect® Touch system allows you to stay connected, informed, entertained and focused on driving.

With the ability to synchronise your phone’s address book with up to 1,000 entries, Uconnect® Touch simplifies driving by letting you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. The driver can vocally select radio stations and make and receive calls and the system understands commands in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

There are also multiple ways to access audio, including ipod® control with voice command, auxiliary input jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth® streaming audio, with access also for DVDs and other compatible multimedia devices.


Without compromising the comfort, size or bravado you’d expect from a Chrysler luxury sedan, the 2012 Chrysler 300 delivers excellent fuel consumption thanks to its all-new state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission mated to the Pentastar V6, and its advanced turbo-diesel engine with five-speed automatic.

Delivering significant fuel economy improvements compared with the previous generation six-cylinder Chrysler 300C, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Luxury models combine the new eight-speed automatic transmission with the fuel-efficient 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 to deliver outstanding segment fuel efficiency with a subsequent reduction in harmful emissions.

Fuel economy in the 300 Limited stands at 13.9 L/100 km for the urban cycle, an impressive 6.7 L/100 km for the extra-urban cycle, and 9.4 L/100 km for the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 219 g/km.

Meanwhile, for Pentastar V6-equipped models fitted with 20-inch tyres fuel economy stands at 14.3 L/100 km urban cycle, 7.1 L/100 km extra-urban, 9.7 L/100 km combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 227 g/km.

Alternatively, for those even more focused on economy the Chrysler 300’s advanced 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 by VM Motori offers both an unparalleled combination of outstanding performance and economy.

Featuring a common-rail, direct injection fuel system, variable geometry turbocharger and integrated diesel particulate filter to help reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, the engine is engineered to meet stringent EURO 5 emission standards.

Offering an outstanding 550 Nm of torque from a low 1,800 rpm plus 176 kW of power from 4,000 rpm, this impressive engine comes matched to the W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission. Together, the combination delivers an excellent 9.5 L/100 km in urban driving and a frugal 5.7 L/100 km on the highway. Combined fuel consumption figures are 7.1 L/100 km with 18-inch wheels, and 7.2 L/100 km with 20-inch wheels. Emissions of CO2 stand at 185 g/km.

For models fitted with 20-inch wheels the figures rise slightly to a still excellent urban cycle of 9.6 L/100 km, an extra-urban cycle of 5.9 L/100 km, and a combined cycle of 7.2 L/100 km. Emissions of CO2 stand at 191 g/km.

At the top of the performance tree sits the potent new 6.4-litre Hemi V8, punching out its thunderous 347 kW @ 6,100 rpm and a mighty 631 Nm @ 4,150 rpm.

Of course, while Chrysler’s engineers are justifiably proud of the Hemi V8’s scintillating performance, they haven’t forgotten the environment, or the need to conserve our precious natural resources. The engine has benefited from a range of comprehensive enhancements designed to improve performance and efficiency.

Chrysler’s Fuel Saver Technology works seamlessly with the VVT to improve both performance and efficiency by disengaging four cylinders when less power is needed.

Compared to the previous 300C SRT8, this latest development of the venerable Hemi V8 includes comprehensive enhancements to the bore, stroke, cam, heads, compression and intake, and exhaust.

As a result, the new Hemi V8 delivers urban cycle consumption of 20.4 L/100 km, extra-urban cycle of 8.7 L/100 km, a combined cycle of 13.0 L/100 km, and CO2 emissions of 303 g/km.

Chrysler 300 model line-up

Chrysler 300 Limited

The entry-level 300 model, known as 300 Limited, features the acclaimed 3.6-litre Pentastar® petrol V6 engine delivering 210 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque. It’s matched to the class-leading all-new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, which provides greater fuel efficiency with full-power performance as the driver navigates gears via an all-new electronic e-shifter.

Despite its keen entry level pricing the Chrysler 300 Limited comes loaded with advanced safety and convenience features, which together make it a powerful value proposition in the large car segment.

Incorporating all of the safety features that helped the range claim the highest rating in the influential US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 300 Limited boasts such advanced safety features as Rain Brake Support, Ready Alert Braking, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, All Speed Traction Control, and anti-Lock four-wheel disc Brakes.

That’s in addition, to its complement of seven airbags including next generation multistage front air bags, driver inflatable knee-bolster air Bag, supplemental Front seat side air bags, supplemental side curtain front and rear air bags.

The interior features premium cloth bucket seats, rear 60/40 folding seat, cargo net, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power front driver and passenger seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, and power front windows, with one-touch up and down.

In addition, adaptive forward lighting and Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps with auto levelling and daytime running lights ensure premium visibility day or night, while heated side mirrors with power fold function and supplemental turn signals add to the overall convenience.

Stylistically, the 300 Limited makes a strong style statement with its lower body side cladding, chrome headlamp bezels and chrome exterior mirrors. Dual rear exhausts hint at its power and the car sits low and purposefully on its all-independent suspension. Its striking 18x7.5 aluminium wheels come fitted with 235/55R18 Continental tyres.

A tyre pressure monitoring display ensures the driver is always aware of what is happening at road level, while advanced features such as ParkView (TM), Rear Back-up ParkSense and Park Assist System Camera help ensure pedestrians are safe and damage is avoided.

Remote proximity keyless entry, keyless go, premium security alarm, remote fuel door release, power trunk lid and speed sensitive power door locks are just some of the many luxury and convenience features that add to the pleasure of owning a Chrysler 300.

Featuring steering wheel mounted audio Controls, a 276 Watt Amplifier and six premium speakers, the 300 Limited also offers excellent sound quality and a range of different ways to play your music.

Available is the 8.4N Uconnect Touch system with voice command, the which offers Garmin satellite navigation in addition to CD, DVD, MP3 compatibility, a remote USB port, and the option of Bluetooth streaming audio or an audio jack input for mobile devices.

Chrysler 300C

The 300C steps up the prestige over the already impressively equipped 300 Limited, adding luxury heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front bucket seats, heated and leather trimmed rear seats, illuminated rear cup holders, rain sensitive windshield wipers, a power backlight sunshade, memory function for the radio/driver’s seat/and mirrors, auto adjusting exterior mirrors when reversing, smart beam headlamps, heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated and cooled front console cup holders.

Chrysler’s brilliant Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touch screen system is standard on the 300C, offering CD/DVD/MP3/ compatibility, along with Garmin Navigation, remote USB port, audio jack input for mobile devices. It’s matched to an upgraded audio system equipped with nine amplified speakers, subwoofer and a powerful 506 Watt amplifier.

Delving into the options list offers drivers the opportunity to add the bundled Safety Tec Group, incorporating Forward Collision Warning, power folding multi-function mirrors and Adaptive Speed Control. Also available as an option is the dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and striking 20x8.0-inch polished aluminium wheels clad with 245/45ZR20 performance tyres.

Chrysler 300C Luxury

Adding an avant-garde appearance to Chrysler’s flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300C Luxury takes the American brand in a new direction with world-class ride and handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features.

With larger 20-inch polished-face aluminium wheels with black painted pockets, touring tuned second-generation E-segment chassis architecture, the all-new Chrysler 300C Luxury is engineered for driving enjoyment.

Hinting that this Chrysler sedan was built to excel, it features platinum chrome exterior mirrors, platinum grille and bars, platinum chrome door handles and mirrors, which together lend the Chrysler 300C Luxury a distinctly upmarket look and feel.

Standing on 245/45ZR20 Goodyear performance tyres on its striking 20x8.0-inch polished aluminium wheels, the Chrysler 300C Luxury tells the world that you’ve arrived

The interior exudes an athletic-luxury theme with eight-way power driver and passenger front seats with large-bolstered and heated leather-trimmed bucket seats complemented by premium leather interior trim. The steering wheel houses two steering wheel-mounted shift controls which access the Sport Mode 2 automatic transmission function.

Use of satin chrome trim on interior centre stack and dash vents, and exclusive use of real wood natural mocha accents on centre console, dash and door panels provide a distinctive and highly detailed appearance. Completing the interior is a leather wrapped steering wheel with chrome accents.

Chrysler’s state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch 8.4N provides 300C Luxury passengers with one of the segment’s largest touchscreen displays (8.4-inch) and next-generation mobile infotainment, connectivity, navigation and multimedia features.

Uconnect Touch controls the high-performance 10-speaker Audio system with 506-watt amplifier for high-definition sound, while for those wanting even higher definition sound the option is available to select a premium 19-speaker system with subwoofer and 900-watt amplifier.

The Safety Tec Group comes standard complete with Forward Collision Warning, power folding multi-function mirrors and Adaptive Speed Control to ensure a premium level of safety and convenience.

Other optional luxury inclusion are a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and for those wanting a less sporting ride and handling experience, smaller but no less distinctive 18x7.5-inch aluminium wheels fitted with 235/55ZR18 tyres. (copyright image)

Chrysler 300 SRT8

Chrysler 300 SRT8

You don’t have to be a train spotter to know the 300C SRT8 stands apart from the crowd. The raked-back windshield, forward-leaning fascia and integrated rear spoiler enhance the cars purposeful stance while aiding aerodynamics. The car’s sporting intent is further emphasised by air dams incorporated into the lowered front fascia, and big-bore twin exhausts at the rear.

Other exterior design embellishments include chrome headlamp bezels, a distinctive bright surround and gloss-black brick grille, body colour fascias and door handles, body colour folding and heated exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, and distinctive black SRT8 badging with the legendary Chrysler wing accented in black.

The SRT8’s purposeful stance is further enhanced by its stunning 20x9.0-inch polished forged-alloy SRT-design wheels, clad with 'meaty' 245/45ZR20 performance tyres.

Powered by a potent and evocative-sounding all-new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 the new 300 SRT8 is one of the most powerful factory-fettled sports saloons on the planet.

“With is unflinching performance, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 fears no rival and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this exciting new machine to the Australian market for the aggressive entry price of just $66,000* plus on road costs,” Mr Campbell said.

Beneath the SRT8’s distinctive bonnet beats the 'heart' of a giant. The new 6.4-litre Hemi is undoubtedly one of the world’s great V8 engines, punching out a track-worthy 347 kW of power backed by a 'tidal wave' of 631 Nm of torque.

Compared to the previous 300C SRT8, this latest development of the venerable Hemi V8 includes comprehensive enhancements to the bore, stroke, cam, heads, compression and intake exhaust. It all adds up to more all-around amplified energy, something the 300C SRT8 driver will experience first hand the first time they step on the 'go' pedal.

With its lower 3.06:1 rear axle ratio, 226mm rear axle, 220 amp alternator, brake knock back mitigation, and Severe Duty II engine cooling system, the SRT8 has been purposefully fettled to deliver its peak performance reliably and repeatedly.

Braking performance is superb thanks to performance-spec four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes featuring 360x32mm ventilated front discs clamped by 44mm four-piston sliding Brembo callipers, while at the rear 350x28mm ventilated slotted discs are clamped by 32mm four piston sliding Brembo callipers.

All that power is to no avail if you can’t get it to the ground, and here again the rear-wheel drive SRT8 has you covered, with its high performance two-mode adaptive damping system, performance tuned steering, and a dedicated sport mode allowing the driver full manual control over the automatic transmission.

The unique racing-style SRT® steering wheel features transmission paddle shifters to make best use of the enhanced five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission’s sport mode, which allows for full manual control of the AutoStick transmission and a more aggressive shift pattern when selected.

Quicker shifts are possible on the SRT8 as a result of its ‘Sport’ shift mode which requires simple driver input. When selected, Sport mode enables quicker gear changes at higher revs for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics.

For even more control, the driver can use the pair of die-cast steering-wheel mounted paddle controls and view gear selection through the full-colour Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) located in the main instrument cluster.

The SRT8’s unique sports-oriented instrument cluster features a 300 km/h primary speedometer and dedicated performance information in the EVIC, allowing the driver to track and monitor such stats as 0-100 km/h, 400 metre acceleration times, braking response and lateral g-force performance.

A driver-selectable three-mode electronic stability control allows further scope to customise the SRT8’s dynamic setting to suit particular driving conditions or moods.

A heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob and polished alloy pedal faces all attest to this car’s dynamic prowess.

Other unique SRT8 interior enhancements include real carbon-fibre and distinctive piano black accents, with bolstered performance seats trimmed in Black or Radar Red.

Supple yet sturdy Napa and Poltrona Frau Foligno premium-leather covers the doors, armrests, centre console, cluster brow and instrument panel, lending the interior a rich, upmarket feel.

A custom Harman Kardon® 19-speaker, high efficiency green edge performance sound system driven by a class D amplifier with tracking power, delivers the same staggering performance as the rest of the package. This system will delight the most critical 'audiophile' and perhaps ruin them for any other car audio systems.

The lavish standard features list includes the Driver Confidence Group adding Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Speed Control; Leather Interior Group adding premium leather trim plus luxury front and rear floor mats; and Chrysler’s Navigation and Sound Group, including 18 premium speakers with 10 inch subwoofer and 900 Watt amplifier, Uconnect Touch with 8.4 inch touch screen display, CD/DVD and MP3 compatibility, remote USB port, audio jack for mobile devices, and Garmin Navigation System.

Offering the sort of high-definition sound expected in high quality home installations, the system delivers tight, powerful, punchy bass with near-studio clarity in mid-to high-range response. This stunning sound system provides rich, full-range audio to maximise your ability to hear and feel music genres from classical to country, hip hop to Motown.

While the SRT8 is a undoubtedly a truly unique sports saloon and loaded with every conceivable feature the performance enthusiast could desire, Chrysler understand there will be those owners wanting an even greater level personalisation. For these owners the 300 SRT8 offers an optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof, plus the Black Chrome Group, which adds black colour fascias with black chrome accent, a black chrome and gloss-black grille with matching black chrome 20x9.0 aluminium wheels.



3.6-litre Pentastar

3.0-litre V6 diesel

6.4-litre Hemi V8

Chrysler 300 Limited




Chrysler 300C




Chrysler 300C Luxury




Chrysler 300 SRT8




NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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