Next Chrysler 300C To Go Front-Wheel Drive, Use Pacifica Platform?

The second generation Chrysler 300C had a nice run, but its days are numbered and the execution may change, as the model’s successor could benefit from a FWD powertrain.

This comes after CEO Sergio Marchionne has given a hint that the vehicle’s replacement might just share the same platform with the new Pacifica minivan.

Reuters reports that while speaking with reporters at the FCA plant in Windsor, Ontario, Marchionne said that the company will cease production of the 200 midsize sedan by the end of the year on in early 2017, and that the underpinning architecture of the Pacifica could be used for the next-gen Chrysler 300 – at the Windsor plant: “This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor.”

When asked if that means the future 300 will be front-wheel-drive, FCA’s CEO swiftly made things vague again by saying the Windsor plant is “capable” of making the sedan. “It’s capable. It’s not a commitment,” Marchionne concluded.

Nevertheless, since the new 300’s debut won’t happen earlier than 2018 – presumably – it’s still early to speculate and interpret Marchionne’s words.

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  • Six_Tymes

    awd option and lighter weight would be cool.

  • TOMSON

    …so confusing..Alfa goes all RWD and the cool 300c should turn to FWD? Why on earth?? Before you do that, kill the model entirely…

  • Archknight77

    The most confusing thing about FCA is them wanting Chrysler to be the volume brand but they starve it of product and use the top down dynamic of introducing models like a luxury brand. Making the 300 FWD isn’t all that confusing as the one before it used the same platform as the Intrepid, which if done right could give mainstream brands and some luxury models (Audi, Buick, Lincoln and Acura) a real challenger. Like all automakers they a rushing to introduce new crossovers, which they have with Jeep and Dodge, and nothing to support them when gas prices rise (and it will) again. Hopefully, they throw everything at this model like they did with the Pacifica and they will keep buyers happy.

    • TOMSON

      hm, good point

    • Hello Chrysler 200 replacement but at a higher transaction price following Sergio’s high margin/build everything on one platform stratagem.
      Chrysler/FCA needs a $21,000 entry in an era when autos like Impala and Taurus are failing. Chrysler could drop the price in recognition of mid size being the new large car, but Sergio isn’t so savy. I still wish FCA would partner with PSA and cover the compact segment with an entry larger than Cruze. In addition, Cactus would make a great PT Cruiser!

  • antbee

    No.

  • Michael_66589

    300- last good RWD V8 american luxury car. It will be really bad when it transform into FWD italian crap.

  • Enter Ranting

    I suppose this means front wheel drive for the Dodge Charger and Challenger too? Did anyone at FCA think this through at all?

    • antbee

      Exactly THIS. That Sergio guy doesn’t think before he speaks, it seems. I am so sick of him.

    • Arthur Dunning III

      No, it doesn’t. Those two cars are to be redesigned using FCA’s RWD ‘Giorgio’ platform for the 2021 model year, unless Marchionne changes his mind.

  • The-Fez

    I’m baaaaaaack.

    • Michael_66589

      I think new one will be rather smaller.

      • Kyle Andrews

        Funny, I actually like the 300 from 98-04.

    • smartacus

      that’s EXACTLY whut i wuz thinking 🙂

    • Afi Keita James

      it was a bad idea back in the late 90’s and it will be even worse now.
      Sergio should be ashamed of himself, this will make the K-Cars look like the 1950’s.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Serge, just admit you’re broke and have no idea what you’re going to do.

  • smartacus

    Chrysler 200 and 300M all rolled into one

    • Afi Keita James

      Only even worse.

  • psiqtas

    As an 300 owner I would be very disappointed…real sedans/limos should be RWD in standard and as FWD they disappoint with performance – see GM or FoMoCo nowdays… FCA disappoints me in quite any decision to US brands!

    • Afi Keita James

      I Know that’s right.

  • Afi Keita James

    This maybe the worst decision and the worst idea in automotive history since the disastrous 1975-79 ford mustang.

  • HOTWHEELSCOTT .

    Horrible idea…..

  • Arthur Dunning III

    I can see why Marchionne would consider this option. He’s been trying to avoid simple badge engineering for FCA’s vehicles, and since the current 300C and Dodge Charger are built on the same platform, it would make better sense to build the new 300C on a different platform. Besides, he tried offering rebadged Chrysler models as Lancias, and look how that worked out.

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