The Chrysler 300 first hit showroom floors in late 2004 where it became an instant success amongst car fans and dealers. It had a low-slung chopped roof line and was aggressively styled with design elements reminiscent of cars from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. It was big, comfortable and was equipped with 3 different engine choices. A 250 hp V6, a 350 hp 5.7-liter V8 or the 6.1-liter 425 hp Hemi, which was released in 2006 as part of the SRT-8 performance package. The Chrysler 300 has now been around for six years and although over 350,000 have been sold the car is beginning to get a bit long in the tooth.
For 2012 Chrysler has stepped up to the plate and given the big sedan a refresh. No official photos have been released yet, but thanks to Autoblog.com, who recently posted some spy photos, we can at least get an idea of which way the boys at Chrysler are going. In keeping with tradition we can see that the 300 still retains the chopped roof line that consumers have come to love. Door panels, side windows and windshield lines however seem to be the same as the current model. Taking a look at the front of the car we can see that Chrysler has gotten more aggressive by way of what looks to be a harder edged sloping hood line. Headlights are now equipped with projection style beams and are not as squared-off as on previous models. The center grill also looks to be smaller in size and more performance oriented as well.
Out back we can see the incorporation of a dual exhaust that sits in nicely formed cutouts in the rear bumper. The rear taillights also appear to be LED units. One that should be noted though is the size of the tires on the car. Keep in mind that these are big cars and big cars need decent size rubber on them not only for handling, but to round out the styling as well. From the photos the new 300 is running about and 18-inch wheel that looks to be only 8-inches wide at all four corners. This, in my opinion is simply not enough rubber for a car this big. I have no doubt that the new 2012 Chrysler 300 is going to be a big seller for Chrysler as it already has a very loyal fan base. I just hope its new styling is fresh enough to keep up with the competition from overseas.