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2015 Chrysler 300 Add Eight-Speed Automatic for Hemi V-8

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/24/2014 Joseph Capparella

A refreshed version of the Chrysler 300 sedan is coming to this year’s Los Angeles auto show, and fuel economy numbers for this updated model published on the EPA's web site confirm its powertrain changes will mimic those on the refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger. V-6 models are unchanged, but the 2015 Chrysler 300 with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine receives an eight-speed automatic transmission, improving fuel economy over last year’s five-speed.

The V-8 car’s numbers go up to 16/25/19 mpg city/highway combined, a 1 mpg improvement in city and combined ratings. This transmission upgrade hardly comes as a surprise, as Chrysler has been rolling out this eight-speed across nearly all of its models powered by the same 5.7-liter Hemi, including the Ram 1500, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Dodge Durango.

2015 Chrysler 300 prototypes© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chrysler 300 prototypes

Expect to see a styling refresh for the 2015 Chrysler 300 as well, as this model has received only minimal changes since the second-generation 300 debuted in 2011. We recently spied a version of this updated sedan testing (pictured) that shows a different front fascia, grille, and headlight design, although the overall profile remains the same. Interior materials will likely be upgraded as well. Chrysler said in September that it would show a "thoroughly refreshed" 300 at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November. The updated car goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015.

There’s no word yet on whether the 2015 Chrysler 300 lineup will include an SRT model, as there’s a distinct possibility that the existing 300 SRT8 may be discontinued along with the recent announcement that the SRT sub-brand will be folded back into Dodge. The SRT model is not included in the EPA’s ratings for the 2015 Chrysler 300, but our spy photographers still spotted some sort of high-performance model testing a few months ago.

Stay tuned for the official debut of the 2015 Chrysler 300 next month at the L.A. auto show.

Source: EPA

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