• Nov 4, 2010
2012 Chrysler 300C spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our intrepid spy photographers have just caught the 2012 Chrysler 300C running around completely undisguised during a promotional video shoot (hence the full tint job). Now that all of the camouflage has been removed, we can clearly see the 300's reworked front and rear fascias. Up front, Chrysler's new corporate grille is flanked by stylish headlamps that use LED daytime running lamps. Out back, the taillamps are spruced up with chrome accents and a large chrome strip that runs the length of the rear bumper. It sounds like a lot of chrome, but it's quite tasteful, and looks downright sharp on a black car like this prototype.

Much like its sister car, the Dodge Charger, expect the updated 300 to be powered by both the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with all-wheel drive available on certain models. Since Chrysler's flagship sedan is nearing the tail end of its development phase, a Los Angeles or Detroit show debut is a safe bet. See the sleek new 300 in our gallery of spy shots, below.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I know how ignorant I am, I have been told that many times during these comments! Nonetheless, I think it looks good! It looks like a nice car to me, and I'd be thrilled if Chrysler would see fit to give me one to test for a few years!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks to me like they perhaps made those side windows deeper? That diminishes the toughness of the exterior, but I'm sure people will be grateful for the opportunity to actually see out from inside.

      Overall it looks more upscale than the old one, but at the same time doesn't have its commanding road presence either. I sorta agree with those who have said it looks like a modern interpretation of the 70's. Something about that big rear 3/4 perhaps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This one will take some getting used to. I prefer the more Bentley look of the current model, but I'm sure the styling of this new one will grow on me in time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The back end looks bad. Tasteless use of chrome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sometimes, a design has to grow on you. Originally, I didn't like the 300 at all but after seeing it over time, I eventually came to really love the look of it. Especially the SRT8 version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, Very nice update of a already beautiful car! Keep up the good work Chrysler/Fiat!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler is trying to go more upscale - like they used to be back in the 50s and 60s. You're going to see less aggressive, more refined and unoffensive designs from Chrysler, while the more risky, aggressive muscular stuff will be going to Dodge - where it belongs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't a full model change so the overall design of the car looks very much the same, which is a good thing. The problem is that the front facia is no longer bold and "in-your-face" as the previous design. And it's a huge problem because dramatic styling is like a magnet for buyers, but a refinement of that type of design doesn't work. Refining dramatic styling and still make it as effective as before usually doesn't work, IMHO.

      The taillight design comes across as too busy and the chrome piece along the upper part of the bumper is too over done. Way too close to Town Car design which is 180 degrees from the overall concept of the model.

      Not well done Chrysler, sorry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this looks a lot better than the last generation even if it does have Audi-ish headlights and Mercedes wheel arches. It looks pretty sexy for a Chrysler product.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hold my complete condemnation until I see it in person, but not liking it so far.

      Front end looks wimpy at best and no organic style to it whatsoever. A total mishmash of different elements.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The main body has some nice detailing to it now, but I still think of the comment someone made about the updated Town & Country. The front end looks like the
      non-descript car who's photo is used in insurance ads and such. I see that here as well.

      Most of the car has some presence until you look at that rather plain front
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, the 300 is to become the Governator of the car world.

      Originally strong and aggressive, now just fat and old, with bad plastic surgery.

      Hey Arnold, here's a car perfect for you now that you aren't governor anymore!
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