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Refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300's Headlights Sparkle at L.A. Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/20/2014 Jason Udy
Refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300's Headlights Sparkle at L.A. Auto Show 2015-Chrysler-300-on-stage-lights-on2© Provided by MotorTrend 2015-Chrysler-300-on-stage-lights-on2

With its restyled headlights and (32 percent) larger front grille, the 2015 Chrysler 300 sparkled as it rolled onto the 2014 Los Angeles auto show stage. Chrysler showed three versions of its flagship sedan, including the 300 Limited, luxurious 300C Platinum, and sporty 300S. That last model uses black trim in place of the traditional chrome found on the other models.
Up front, the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features revised headlights with standard LED daytime running lights and available HID headlights and all-clear lenses. The amber reflectors have been moved from the headlight assembly to the front wheel flares. The bolder front grille features a new mesh insert, while the Chrysler wing badge now floats near the top of the grille. From the front three-quarter view, the 2015 300 sedan's front end look more laid back and more aerodynamic and streamlined than its predecessors. The high belt line remains, while a prominent contour at the top of the front fenders and rear quarter panels gives the car more visual appeal. Around back, the sculpted trunk lid and LED taillights complement the quarter panels.
Inside, the 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new three-spoke steering wheel and standard 7.0-inch driver information screen in the gauge cluster, while the center stack's 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system and climate control system have a less cluttered look. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission now features a center console-mounted rotary gear selector. Leather seating is standard and available in four color combinations: Indigo/Linen (300C Platinum), Black (Chrysler 300 Limited, 300S, 300C and 300C Platinum), Black/Ambassador Blue (300S), and Black/Linen (Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C).
The eight-speed automatic previously paired with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 now backs the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and is the sole transmission offering. In most models, the Pentastar is rated 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with the exception being the 300S, which gets a bump to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft. The optional Hemi is rated 363 hp and 394 lb-ft.
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 goes into production late 2014 and is expected to reach dealers in early 2015 with a base price of $32,390 (including $995 destination) -- the same starting price as the 2014 Chrysler 300.

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