Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be the 60th anniversary of the original 300 in 1955.
Chrysler’s flagship sedan is the last of the automaker’s three big L-bodied cars to receive an upgrade, following refreshes to the Dodge Challenger and Charger earlier this year. A full redesign of the 300 originally planned for 2015 has been delayed until 2018, according to Chrysler’s five-year product plan.
Yet for Chrysler brand head Al Gardner, the refresh for 2015 is about restoring the attitude of the 2005 Chrysler 300, which was dubbed the “baby Bentley” at the time.
Gardner said the 2015 model “is going to come with a whole bunch of character and soul and take the car back to that 2005 car.”
The sedan’s redesigned front clip features a new mesh grille with the Chrysler winged logo floating prominently in the middle. Its lighting also was updated, with amber-colored signal lights moved back away from the redesigned daytime running lights and headlamps and nearer the wheel wells.
Lighting was changed on the rear deck as well to smooth out the LEDs in the rear tail lamps, while the general shape of the rear end remains mostly unaltered.