Chrysler to bring hybrid-electric 300 to market in 2013

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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A hybrid-electric Chrysler 300? That's what Automotive News is reporting after interviewing Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

The news only makes sense considering how much money Chrysler put into its HEV program, the result of which was a duo of full-size SUVs, the Dodge Durango Hybrid and Chrysler Aspen Hybrid.

The Aspen is long gone as is the hybrid version of the Durango, the conventionally powered Durango entirely new for 2011. Whether or not Chrysler reenters the SUV market with a gasoline-electric variant is pure guesswork, but Marchionne has made a clear point about the upcoming 300 getting electrified, says Automotive News.

According to the news source, the 300 hybrid will become available in 2013 and receive the automaker's new eight-speed automatic transmission, and while it's unknown if Chrysler will mate it to a version of the new Pentastar V6, it's likely.

Chrysler is going upscale with its new 300, finally giving it the high-quality interior the outgoing model's bold exterior styling deserved. And while the conventionally powered V6 and top-tier Hemi V8s are likely to remain popular choices amongst the model's faithful, a more fuel-efficient version will certainly help to spur sales while improving the brand's green image.
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Topics: Luxury Sedan, Chrysler, 2011, 300, $30,000 - $39,999,

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