Report – Marchionne does not deny Chrysler 300 switch to front wheel drive image

According to the latest rumor, which cites the words of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, the upcoming new generation of the Chrysler 300 might opt for a front wheel drive architecture instead.

Chrysler’s second generation of the fullsize 300 sedan has been here for quite some time – since 2011 – which means we’re gearing up for the upcoming switch to the third that should take place sometimes next year. Marchionne has tipped the media recently the model might switch to the front wheel drive platform used in the 2017 Pacifica minivan – axing the classic rear wheel drive platform. The chances are this could actually happen, since the latter’s platform has been engineered to also include eco versions and will also be used to introduce Google autonomous systems. Marchionne also hinted the new 300 could be produced at the same Windsor complex in Ontario as the Pacifica, making a switch from Brampton, Ontario. The executive did say the final word hasn’t been given and this just one of the possible scenarios.

For the current Chrysler 300 the latest novelty is the Exterior Sport Appearance Package for the 300S showcased a while back during the days of the 2016 New York Auto Show. The model is already started to show its age and we’re expecting the successor to appear at the earliest next year, but Chrysler might also stretch things into 2018.