The current-generation Chrysler 300 rides on Fiat Chrysler’s rear-wheel drive LX platform, however recent statements made by company CEO Sergio Marchionne indicate the next iteration of the full-size sedan could be front-wheel drive.
“Just to clarify, this plant (Windsor Assembly), this architecture, is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all wheel-drive successor,” Marchionne told The Detroit News during a media event in Windsor, ON last week.
Because Windsor currently builds the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, Marchionne’s remarks mean the next-generation 300 would ride on a modified version of the Pacifica’s platform. That means the two vehicles could also share other components such as the Pentastar V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Employees at Windsor Assembly were likely happy to hear they could be receiving another product sometime down the road, however it sparked some fear into Unifor representatives at FCA’s Brampton Assembly plant. The plant currently builds the 300, along with Charger and Challenger, and may now be at risk to lose it to the more up-to-date Windsor facility.