4 door harkens again to the glory days of cruising
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: Do you want “American” automobiles?
Why the quotes? As a result of the 300C is inbuilt Canada by an Italian conglomerate primarily based in Belgium. Its Hemi V8 is assembled in Mexico.
However from behind the wheel, the 300C Platinum is likely one of the most American automobiles I’ve pushed in a very long time. It is a massive, beefy RWD sedan with a correct V8 engine and a clean automated transmission. It is bought the facility to effortlessly eat up interstate miles, a trunk that’ll maintain some focus-group-decided variety of golf baggage and a driveshaft tunnel that your children’ buddies will all the time get caught straddling on lengthy drives.
I find it irresistible, and that shocked me a bit.
Regardless of reassurances from Chrysler PR people, I assumed that the 300, by means of all its facelifts and redesigns, was essentially the identical automobile it has been for a decade now. To the extent there’s nonetheless an LX platform below the pores and skin, that is true, however the type, NVH and street manners have been massaged to the purpose the place the 300C is a completely up to date machine. All of the requisite driver aids, digital nannies and infotainment choices are current. Heated, cooled seats (and cupholders), together with a heated steering wheel and distant begin make for comfy touring whatever the climate. And the inside trim is, in a phrase, attractive, with matte wooden, supple leather-based and hints of brushed steel all through.
If there’s any draw back, it is the 300C‘s thirst — a truth in any 2-ton V8 beastie, regardless of the presence of a variable-displacement system that shuts down unneeded cylinders on the 5.7-liter Hemi. The EPA suggests you will get 19 mpg mixed. We propose you will not, however maybe you will discover the engine’s easy energy much less seductive.
Positive, the 300C is extra boulevardier than sharp-edged efficiency sedan, but it surely’s terribly good at what it does.
The inside seems nearly as good as the outside on the 300C Platinum
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR KEN ROSS: It is a nice automobile! The reality is, it’s been this manner for some time and I’m certain that’s why its does so nicely for Chrysler. It hit a distinct segment that nobody knew was a distinct segment, a giant automobile that harkened again to the glory days of the Massive Three. The outside design is “up to date,” it seems somewhat extra rounded on the corners, and the grille and lights get a facelift as properly. The trunk area remains to be gangster-worthy with room sufficient for a couple of shovels and two or three “golf baggage”.
The inside could be very effectively performed; this car got here with cream-coloured, diamond-quilted leather-based trimmed in what appears to be like like, and will very properly be, actual wooden. It wasn’t the excessive-gloss plastic-trying wooden that you simply see on a regular basis, however a tastefully completed matte-completed look. Inside room is what you’d anticipate it to be for a automotive this measurement, in each the entrance and rear passenger areas.