If you’re looking for the most luxurious Chrysler money can buy, look no further than the new top-of-the-line 2012 300 Luxury Series. The automaker announced today that pricing for its new flagship model will start at $40,970 (including $825 in destination charges).
If the idea of a range-topping 300 sounds familiar, but the Luxury Series name doesn’t, you’re forgiven: the car was actually announced last spring at the New York auto show, but dubbed the Executive Series. Despite the name change, the Luxury Series builds on an already-impressive 300 by adding plenty of premium interior and exterior equipment to the package.
Luxury Series cars are differentiated outside with painted aluminum wheels, platinum (brushed) chrome trim, and a mesh grille. Polished wheels – either 19- or 20-inches in diameter – also help dress up the interior. Inside, passengers are treated to either black or two-tone mochachino Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather swathed across the seats, dashboard, center console, and door panels. Heated and cooled front seats are standard, as are heated rear seats. The steering wheel is trimmed in matching leather, and boasts both metal paddle shifters and a chrome accent ring unique to the Luxury Series. Matte natural pore mocha wood trim and 18-ounce Berber carpet floor mats complete the 300’s upscale transformation.
The 300 Luxury Series will be available with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. The V-6 is rated at 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with Chrysler’s new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 is good for 363 hp and 394 lb-ft and comes with the brand’s six-speed automatic. Both engines are available with all-wheel drive.
That $40,970 starting price nets buyers a 2012 300 Luxury Series equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6 and rear-wheel drive. The Hemi-powered 300C Luxury Series model starts at $43,720. All-wheel-drive V-6 and V-8 models are priced from $43,320 and $46,070, respectively. The 2012 Chrysler 300 and 300C Luxury Series will go on sale in the first quarter of next year.