New Chrysler 300 Luxury Series sedan: 8-speed auto, 31 mpg, lots of trimmings
By Darren Quick
January 3, 2012
Chrysler has launched its new 300 Luxury Series with what it has dubbed "the most luxurious and fuel-efficient Chrysler flagship ever." Coupling a ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission to a 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter aluminum Pentastar V6 engine, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series sedan gets 31 mpg (7.5 l/100 km) on the highway and 19 mpg (12.4 l/100 km) in the city, for a combined fuel economy figure of 23 mpg (10 l/100 km).
Chrysler says this is an improvement in fuel economy of up to 17 percent compared to previous generation six-cylinder Chrysler 300 AWD models. The new Chrysler 300 is available in RWD or, for a little more cash, with an AWD system that offers improved fuel economy. The AWD system features an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system so that when AWD isn't required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle and transitions between AWD and RWD without driver intervention.
As Chrysler's flagship, the car has a range of luxury trimmings including Italian leather interior with hand sanded wood finish, 12-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, die cast paddle shifters and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. There's also power-adjustable pedals with memory, power backlight sunshade and dual heated/cooled cup holders.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series joins the Chrysler 300C Luxury Series sedan, which boasts a 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology. The 300 Luxury Series starts at US$40,145 for the RWD model and $42,495 for the AWD model.