• Feb 14, 2008
While new fuel economy regs have put the General's rear-wheel-drive offerings into a holding pattern (we think), Chrysler will soldier on with its RWD LX platform into the next decade. According to The Car Connection, Chrysler plans to makeover the 300 and Charger in 2011, but the reason the Pentastar people are keeping it rear-wheel-drive isn't to sate the public's lust for FR cars, rather there's no budget to develop a new front-wheel-drive platform.

TCC's insider says that updates to the HEMI might be underway and that the new styling direction of the 300 will maintain the sedan's gangsta cues, but the low roofline will probably be nixed in favor of a larger greenhouse.

[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems like the Charger and 300C are what everyone wants from a car (Big V8 & RWD) but few buy them.

      Typical Response from autoblog reader:
      "Give it a big V8 and RWD and I will buy it."
        • 6 Years Ago
        If by "everybody" you mean Autoblog posters then yes, they all want V8's, RWD and standard transmissions. If by "everybody" you mean "everybody" then no, they want 40mpg in the city, automatic transmissions and a cheap price.

        I'd also be surprised if even 1% of the people here actually followed through with the "Wow, if they build xyz I'd definitely buy one" routine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typo... W210 Chassis internals... not W220.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "......styling direction of the 300 will maintain the sedan's gangsta cues.."

      Gangsta?!? You mean the "borrowed" RR/Bentley design!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      So is 2011 all new or just a refresh? I think 2011 is way too late for a refresh unless they are going to change everything but the platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not so much a low roof as the high belt line that gives it the "gangster" personality. There's actually ample head room. This car is aging very well, still looks good to me. I wish I needed one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. The car's not really that low, just a visual trick. They must mean that they're going back to the 90's-style low beltline, like the Intrepid/Concorde/300M.

        I prefer the current look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Martman

      It seems like a lot of Patriots owners love the thing. It doesn't get great reviews because of the CVT, it take time to get used to it. Time that the reviews don't give to it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I found a stack of Motor Trend magazines in my attic from 1997 a few weeks back. in it there is a test of the Deville concourse and the Lincoln continental. Both are FWD and weigh 3950 pounds. My beloved 300c weighs 4100. But the old FWD cars have 4.6L aluminum block engines and 16 inch wheels. My 300 has an iron block 5.7l and 18s. All three are rated 17/25. The Bad MPG argument against RWD is baseless. GM just doesn’t want to risk the 500,000 a year combined Impala and Lucerne sales by switching them to RWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Low roofline"??? WTH? At over 58" tall, the 300 is far from having a low roofline. High beltline, yes. But the Roofline is verging on making it a small SUV...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sounds like they are going to do what Ford has done with the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis. Ride that big RWD platform till the wheels fall off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's fine with me, I love my 300 and would get another one lol.

      Anyway, by then the car will have more than paid back Chrysler for its development and just make a profit for them - the way the last RWD 5th Ave. did thru the 80's. And if they continue to update it, for example with the new Phoenix v-6, it should stay competitive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing. My family had an '88 5th ave--that thing lived for years and years, and still wouldn't die. It was ancient, but they were decent cars.

        Chrysler would be better positioned if the 300 platform was a bit smaller like the old M-body--or at least more efficient than the other old platforms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh my god are they still making this hunk of junk?
      The whole cars screams oldness and cheese!
      Senior citizens your ride has arrives!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, man, GM makes a G6 with a manual. Car and Driver tested one. Not saying you're wrong and I'm right, but do a little knocking around a Pontiac dealer and see what you find.
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