Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is keeping its Daimler-era intellectual property alive for the foreseeable future. According to a new report by Automotive News, 2019 is when the Chrysler 300 is in for substantial updates, and it will stick to the very familiar LX platform.
Specifically, Chrysler will work to shed weight and improve fuel economy with the next Chrysler 300. Rumors of a next-generation 300 have often involved a switch to a front-wheel-drive platform, or new construction on FCA’s Giorgio architecture. The Giorgio platform is rumored to underpin the next Dodge Challenger and Charger, and it currently serves the Alfa Romeo Giulia. FCA also recently trademarked the “Cuda” name again.
When an actual next-generation 300 does debut, it still seems likely the Chrysler Pacifica’s front-wheel-drive platform will be used. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne previously commented on the Chrysler 300 last year and made reference to its next-generation “front-wheel, all-wheel-drive successor.” Should the switch occur, the 300 would likely be built alongside the Pacifica at the Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant.
The report also claims a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine will become available in 2019 with the Chrysler 300’s refresh. Previously, we reported Jeep vehicles will gain access to FCA’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine first. The 300 would be on deck next.