No VE replacement has been announced…yet.
The “Big Three” American automakers no longer make many cars that resemble a child’s drawing of a car: sedans with gasoline spewing out of the pipe. And after this next model year, there will be at least one less, as the 2023 Chrysler 300 will be the model’s swan song.
The announcement, which fell on Tuesday(opens in a new tab)it came after Chrysler announced plans in January to go all-electric by 2028(opens in a new tab). According to its press release at the time, the Chrysler EV initiative is part of parent company Stellantis’ shift toward “sustainable, flexible mobility technologies that will make the world cleaner, safer and more easily connected.”
The final model year of the Chrysler 300 will include a smaller version called the 300C, with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. Only 2,000 of those animals will be sold in the United States, and 200 in Canada.
Chrysler Brand CEO Chris Feuell mentioned Chrysler’s electric car switch in a press release about the new model.(opens in a new tab). “The Chrysler 300 changed the automotive world in many ways, and we will continue that spirit of ingenuity by transforming Chrysler into an all-electric future with a core customer experience.”
There has been no accompanying announcement of an electric car called the 300, or any sort of proposed successor from Chrysler itself, but according to Australian car publication Drive, the 300 instead.(opens in a new tab) is already under construction. This story, however, cites “inside news” as its only source, so take it with a grain of salt.
Right now, the January announcement(opens in a new tab) of Chrysler’s EV concept known as Airflow has become a major official statement about the direction of the company’s electric lineup. Based on Vehicle Trends(opens in a new tab)the official Chrysler road models that will be based on the Airflow concept, which will be released between 2025 and 2028, will have a 118 kWh battery with a range of 400 miles, which can be extended to 500 miles. But the airflow shown in the advertising images is A smooth crossover SUV instead of a sedan, which means it’s not a replacement for the 300.
Either way, Chrysler appears to be ushering in a bold new era by giving a final push to a car that hasn’t changed since the introduction of the iPhone. The 2023 Chrysler 300 will be almost identical to the previous model of 2005. The general style of the body panels and lights are not much different, although there will be a new unique grille.(opens in a new tab).
Appropriate, because according to a statement from Feuell in a press release, Chrysler “celebrates the Chrysler 300 and its iconic heritage.”