By on February 18, 2020

True to form, Fiat Chrysler has attempted to keep the Chrysler 300 relevant by offering rolling paint and package options. With sales bottoming out at 29,213 U.S. deliveries in 2019, the model is likely not long for this world. However, that’s hardly a good reason for the manufacturer to abate the time-honored tradition of trying to seduce a few more customers through new upholstery and some distinctive badging — both of which will be available for purchase in 2020, in addition to the obligatory paint updates.

Chrysler’s sizable sedan also sees price increases nearly across the board. While you’ll hardly notice the difference on most rear-drive trims, all-wheel drive models tack on an additional $250-370 against last year’s pricing. Think of it as an opportunity to further sharpen your negotiating skills, something we imagine your local dealership will be expecting you to do anyway.

If you want the big discounts, try to find holdovers from the 2019 model year. If you want the latest appearances packages that’ll guarantee you have the freshest 300 from the factory, read on. 

Mopar Insiders reported on the brand’s new Sport Appearance Package last week, and it has since appeared on Chrysler’s website for an extra $1,495. It adds the black 300S grille, 20×8-inch Black Noise Aluminum Wheels, black headlamp bezels, darker badging and some black accenting on the exterior. Don’t like black? There’s an identically priced chrome appearance package that does the the exact opposite.

The 2020 300S is also supposed to receive a Red S Appearance Package that adds all the darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack (with a red insert on the Chrysler logo) and opens the door for a unique Red Radar interior. But it hasn’t manifested on the brand’s website yet, indicating the brand may be saving it for later in the year when the rest of its new paint colors come out.

Frostbite, a color already offered on Dodge’s Challenger and Charger, has been added to the 300’s core lineup of hues for 2020. It’s a lovely, teal sapphire sort of shade (available now) and doesn’t come at a premium. It will be followed by late-availability colors Amethyst and Canyon Sunset, both of which help give the model a paint roster reminiscent of the late 1990s. Maximum Steel and Ceramic Grey are both gone for 2020, but you can still get the 300 in Silver Mist and Granite Crystal Metallic. Mopar Insiders said the new red interior will be compatible with all paint options except Frostbite — where it would look a bit odd — and costs an extra $300.

FCA has already shared photos of the new content, so we know it’s coming (the automaker isn’t likely to hold a parade to announce everything that’s new for the model). Check with your dealer if you’re keen on getting that flaming-hot interior and/or Red S Appearance Package. Pricing for the 2020 Chrysler starts at $29,590, with the top-trimmed 300C coming in at $41,995 sans options.

[Images: FCA]

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36 Comments on “Maintaining Tradition: 2020 Chrysler 300 Receives New Packaging Options, Pricing...”


  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Same ol’, same ol’

    Those bemoaning the loss of the big New Yorkers of yesteryear this is about as close as you’re going to get. Better get one now, because in another 10-15 years it too will be gone

  • avatar
    redapple

    Love me some Chrysler 300.
    For the price of an Accord, you can get big power driving the rear wheels with a quasi Mercedes chassis architecture.
    Dollar for dollar the best car out there. I want this or a Challenger. Cant make up my mind.

    • 0 avatar
      R Henry

      @redapple

      This same debate has been ongoing in my head for a long time. I REALLY like the manual transmission option provided by Challenger R/T, but really prefer the practicality of the four door sedan 300. Charger is great too, but like 300, no manual transmission option. Maybe I should buy a 300 and swap in the manual trans setup from a wrecked Challenger. Then again, getting the modified car deemed Emissions Compliant in CA would be a nightmare. Yes, I have been thinking about this too long…

      –Of course, its really all just fantasy. My son is in college, and my wife went back to work full time to pay his tuition. There won’t be any new cars at the Henry house for years to come!

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      Back in the fall I bought a leftover 2018 Challenger GT awd for $28k plus fees. I had considered a Mustang but with the extra room, larger trunk and awd it’s a great value for the price.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Is it just me, or have there been several posts about “what’s coming for the 2020 model” and we’re well into 2020, instead of the usual new product intros in Sept/Oct of the prior year?

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      Remember when the new car introductions were a big deal come September? Well now they get a press release well into the new year. Of course when there isn’t much new to announce it’s rather anticlimactic :(

      • 0 avatar
        thornmark

        maybe a good thing

        Chrysler and others always got into trouble by introducing leading edge designs that were also half-baked

        now that don’t have to meet an artificial deadline before things are sorted out

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      I noticed this as well, the Frontier change was a big red flag, who announces a big change over for the 2020 model year – 1/3 of the way through the 2020 model year.

      • 0 avatar
        theflyersfan

        I’m seeing this also – the 2020 CTR still hasn’t hit dealer lots (although there is FINALLY some movement with price, including a price that is just below MSRP for a showroom 2019) and the 2020 Mazda MX-5 still hasn’t been released yet. The website is still showing the 2019 as a new model. I’m not 100% sure on the reason for the MX-5, but I thought I read that the holdup has to do with Mazda trying to get Android Auto and Apple Carplay working with their infotainment system.

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          The 2020 MX-5 is supposed to be getting a host of standard “driver aides” and a new paint color. Since Mazda announced these for the 2020 model a few weeks ago, we should expect to see them implemented sometime around 2022.

          Just what I always wanted in a driver involvement car like the Miata – lane keeping assist and radar cruise control!

          • 0 avatar
            Guy A

            The 2020 MX5 is out, saw it at the Philadelphia auto show yesterday. Very small changes like badge don’t, silver rather than red stitching. Android auto has been compatible for a while, I had it retrofitted to my 2019 MX5. I assume the delay is to let 2018 and 2019 models go, since sales are low.

          • 0 avatar
            MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

            QUOTE: “Just what I always wanted in a driver involvement car like the Miata – lane keeping assist and radar cruise control!”

            Ha! My newest Miata is getting close to 20 years old, has none of that crap and yet SOMEHOW I manage to stay in my lane **and** not hit anything.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    I wish they offered normal wheels again – with taller sidewalls that prevent suspension and wheel damage while being much easier on the wallet when replacement tire time comes

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    These are great cars. They really are.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    Really a shame FCA doesn’t give the 300 a restyle to keep it relevant.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I always look forward to these as rental cars. It’s amazing that they are built on the same platform as the Charger given how much more refined they manage to feel.

    I wouldn’t own one, though, because for the same money I’d find myself a used Lexus LS. (I already did that, once, but then family needs made a sedan less than ideal.)

  • avatar
    Fleuger99

    I had one of these as a rental on a week’s vacation last Sep. I enjoyed driving it, only complaints were the instruments looked very cheap and the seats were NOT comfortable. After about two to three hours of driving my back began to feel sore.

    I had the 6 cylinder engine and fuel consumption wise it was not bad at all.

  • avatar
    MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

    The blackout pkg and “extra chrome” pkg were both available on 2019 models, I looked at a few when they were basically giving a THIRD off MSRP, selling new ones for just over 20k. Steal, I thought, but could only find V6s when I was looking so I ended up buying a used one with a proper Hemi.

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