Next-Gen Chrysler 300 Possibly Going Front-Wheel Drive

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

[Source: Reuters]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on May 11, 2016

    Building the next-generation 300 off the Pacifica's architecture makes a lot of sense, even if it saddens me to see rear-wheel-drive go away.

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    • Frank Yoster Frank Yoster on May 11, 2016

      Dont worry bro...thats why they got dodge to do that!