About this time final yr I penned a weblog entitled “Hallelujah, For The Chrysler 300’s Keep Of Execution Will Final At Least One Extra 12 months.” Truthfully, I didn’t actually consider the “at the very least” a part of that headline; that was what we within the enterprise wish to name “hedging,” when you haven’t any religion in one thing you’ve simply written however don’t wish to appear to be an fool at an indeterminate time sooner or later. And hey, hedging is value it now and again, as a result of wouldn’t you understand the Chrysler 300 is sticking round for the 2023 mannequin yr. Hooray.
Unsurprisingly, all of us nearly collectively didn’t discover. Stellantis revealed a press launch on September 1 asserting what’s new for the 2023 300. It has one possibility — the SafetyTec Plus Group, which now comes non-obligatory on the bottom 300 Touring mannequin. Final yr’s huge addition, in case you want reminding, was a brand new clear air filtration system.
With the SafetyTec bundle comes a 180-amp alternator and 276-watt amplifier, six-speaker Alpine sound system, superior brake help, rain-sensing wipers, LaneSense lane departure warning with lane preserve help, ParkSense entrance and rear park help, auto high-beam management, full-speed ahead collision warning with energetic braking and adaptive cruise management (ACC) with cease.
On the 2022 Touring L trim, the SafetyTec bundle price $2,395. Providing it on the bottom model as nicely brings the 2 nearer collectively, although the Touring L provides luxuries like leather-based seats and an exterior look group with a number of shiny black accents, the type each 300 proprietor appears to need.
2023 could maintain one extra shock for Chrysler’s sedan, nonetheless, within the type of a “particular version.” The press launch says solely that info on that anonymous mannequin will probably be “introduced later.” Subsequent week’s Detroit Auto Present could present a possibility. On Tuesday, the model revealed a teaser to Fb, promising the “carry the ability in 2023.”
You’d have to imagine it’s a send-off, right? After all, 2023 will mark the ultimate mannequin yr for the 300’s LX platform mates, the Challenger and Charger. There’s no must hedge anymore — the venerable, historical 300 is lastly assembly its finish, and it’s greatest we come to phrases with that sooner reasonably than later. The greatest manner for Chrysler to appease our grief, I feel we are able to all agree, is by stuffing a Hellcat within the ultimate version.