The next-generation Chrysler 300 may not be rear-wheel drive.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was celebrating the launch of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the company’s Windsor plant when he disclosed potential plans for the new Chrysler 300. “This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor,” said Marchionne. He was alluding to the Chrysler Pacifica’s architecture as possibly underpinning the next-generation 300 sedan.
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When asked for clarification on whether that was a confirmation the next Chrysler 300 would be front-wheel drive, Marchionne replied saying that it’s not what he said, just that the Windsor plant is capable of making the sedan. “It’s capable. It’s not a commitment.”
The American automaker is still seeking a partner to produce the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart compact sedans.
In related news, Marchionne confirmed that the next-generation Ram pickup truck will go on sale by January 2018. The Ram pickup has become FCA’s top-selling vehicle in North America.
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