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CHRYSLER 300: WHAT IS NEW FOR 2015?

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Totally redesigned in about four years ago, the 2015 Chrysler 300 continues to be available in a base 3.6-liter V-6 engine developing 292 and 300 horsepower. However, under the hood of our rear-wheel-drive (all-wheel drive is also available) test car sat the legendary 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine belting out 363 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 394 pounds-feet of torque at 4200 rpm. Probably the biggest change for 2015 is that the antique 6-speed auto in all models has been replaced by the 8-speed gear box. Also ensuring further fuel savings is the Multi-Displacement system that shuts off half of the eight cylinders. And no more SRT8s or 5.7-liter V8 Hemis with all-wheel drive. We could live with that since the present 5.7-liter is a forceful and striking powertrain.
Suspension is handled efficiently by an independent front short- and long-arm and the rear with a multilink system. The new all-electric power steering is quick and accurate. Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
For 2015, Chrysler has ramped up the size of the already-massive grille, sans seven slats, with blacked-out trim by at least 33 percent. The rear fascia gets new LE tail lamps, exhaust tips and wheels. The redesigned instrument panel of 160-mph speedometer and 7000-RPM tachometer holds a driver information center. Adding more class are LED ambient lights. Where is the shifter knob? Look for a rotary dial on the center console. Other amenities include dual auto a/c, eight-way power front seats, familiar Chrysler analog clock, manual tilt/telescopic column, leather seats, Beats audio system with 552-watt amplifier and 60/40 rear seat.
Weighing well over 4,300 pounds, you would expect the bulky sedan to lack vim and vigor. But you will be surprised at its pace and agility, thanks to the effective Hemi. Of course, the revised cabin makes the 300 a strong contender in the full-size luxury car segment.

CHRYSLER 300S
Tires: P225/60R18
Wheelbase: 120.2 inches
Length: 198.6 inches
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons
Base price: $34,895
Web site: www.chrysler.com

Test-drive the 300 as well as any Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles at Jerry Ulm Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, 2966 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. For more information, call the dealership at (813) 872-6645 or visit www.jerryulmdcj.com