With the Lincoln Town Car gone and Cadillac ditching its V-8-powered DTS and STS sedans in favor of the V-6-powered 2012 Cadillac XTS, there’s a distinct lack of large, V-8 sedans that both companies once made in abundance. Chrysler took the opportunity to bring it back.
The Chrysler 300 sedan has always been large and luxurious. But new for 2012 is the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series, a model to further infuse the car with panache and exclusivity that has been lacking in other 300 models.
Starting with the base V-6 300 and available optionally in the V-8 300C, the Luxury Series adds black or mochachino leather on the dashboard, instrument panel, center console, and door panels. It also adds Nappa leather to the black or mochachino two-tone leather seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, hand-sanded matte-finish wood interior trim, die-cast shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Additionally, the 300 Luxury Series comes standard with an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Berber floor mats, and satin chrome accents throughout the car’s interior and exterior. Rear-wheel-drive models will come with standard 20-inch wheels in either V-6 or V-8 guise, while all-wheel-drive cars will come with 19-inch wheels.
The 300 Luxury Series with the 292-horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission will start at $40,145, including $825 for destination and handling. Adding all-wheel drive moves that price to $42,495. Moving up to the 363-horsepower Hemi V-8 engine 300C Luxury Series $42,895, and adding all-wheel drive will tally a price of $45,245.
Expect the 300 Luxury Series to reach Chrysler dealerships in the first quarter of 2012.