If you want an interesting 300, better get that order in now.
The Chrysler 300 will soldier on for at least another year. There will be some changes, however. Following a similar strategy to what was done to the 2021 model, the 300 will be available with fewer customization options for 2022 according to Mopar Insiders. This could be because of the shortage of semiconductor chips, or the 300 is on its last legs. We think it's most likely the latter.
It's a bittersweet ending. The 300 should have been dropped ages ago, considering it's riding on a 20-year old platform. But once it's gone, only the Pacifica will be left. According to Stellantis, it is eager to give Chrysler a future.
In a likely bid to streamline production, several optional extras will be dropped. The most basic is the color palette, which will be losing out on Amethyst and Caynon Sunset. These are by far the most vibrant colors available. Going forward, the 300 will only be available in white, black, silver, or blue.
The Radar Red/ Black interior color scheme and Black Smoke are also being dropped as will the Chrome Appearance Package ($1,500). It's a pity, as this package did the most to help the 300 still stand out in a crowd. It included 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome exterior mirrors, Chrysler badging, and a platinum grille. There were other features included, but the ones mentioned above enhanced the styling to a degree.
The Driver Convenience Group will no longer be available. This package included 18-inch wheels, remote start, independent suspension, LED fog lamps, and a universal garage door opener.
It's pretty clear what Chrysler is going for. It wants to build as many basic 300s as possible and get them out of the dealer floors as quickly as possible. The offers currently available for the 300 are pretty alluring. You can either choose between 72 months at no interest rate plus a $500 cash bonus. Or you can go for the second offer, which is a $1,500 cash allowance.
Once the 300 is dead, Chrysler will be left with just one product. What does this mean for the future of the brand? Earlier this year, we reported that Stellantis is giving Chrysler another ten years to prove its worth. Chrysler seems to be working on some EV concept, which might breathe some life into a brand that's hanging by a thread.