An overseas report suggests a battery-powered replacement will arrive in 2026.
We must admit, we lost interest in the Chrysler 300 when the Stellantis-owned brand decided to call it quits on the SRT8. Handsome and menacing it may be, the big barge is simply outdated and deserves to be retired after years of serving the fleet industry. What we will miss, however, is the idea of a classic V8-powered full-size sedan - after this generation is axed, the big sedan will be electrified.
Citing insider information, Drive reports that the development of a battery-powered Chrysler sedan is already underway, along with a Dodge-branded alternative. The Dodge is rumored to hit the market in 2024, with the Chrysler following two years behind. At this point, it's unclear whether the 300 nameplate will continue into the electric future, but these silent successors will replace the decade-old sedan.
At the unveiling of the futuristic Airflow concept, Chrysler announced its intentions to launch its first electric car by 2025 before it abandons the combustion engine entirely, in 2028. Speaking of the Airflow, we wouldn't be surprised if the new 300 (if it retains the numerical nomenclature) borrows styling cues from the sleek concept.
In terms of power, the information gleaned by the Australian publication suggests both vehicles will boast 800-volt architecture; this means we can expect some powerful electric Chrysler and Dodge vehicles in the future. According to the report, power outputs will range between 201 and 442 horsepower. If that's not enough for you, perhaps Dodge's future electric muscle car will suit your needs.
It's very likely the battery-powered bruisers will adopt the STLA Large platform that Stellantis is developing for upcoming EVs. We might even see future Alfa Romeo and Maserati models also adopt this architecture, albeit with a few adjustments.
Several European brands under the Stellantis umbrella have committed to an electric-only lineup in the coming years. Vauxhall has said it will make the switch in 2028, something the struggling Lancia brand will achieve two years sooner. In North America, things have been slower. We know an all-electric Ram is coming to fight the F-150 Lightning in 2024 and Jeep has also teased an EV.
It would be interesting to see how the market would react to a Chrysler EV. The brand no longer holds the cachet it once did - which may hold it back - but this is also an opportunity for the brand to reinvent itself, something Buick has decided to do. Still, we'd love to see an electric version of the SRT8. Perhaps Chrysler would see fit to tap into Dodge's electric muscle car setup and create a silent but deadly Tesla Model S Plaid rival.