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First Drive – 2015 Chrysler 300

17 December 2014 1,619 views No Comment

2015 Chrysler 300

I’m currently in Austin, Texas, in order to drive the 2015 Chrysler 300.  I can’t tell you anything more about the car than what was already revealed at the L.A. Auto Show last month – driving impressions are embargoed until Monday – but I can say that it’s more of a mild refresh when it comes to styling and the drivetrain.  You get the same engines as you did the year before, which means the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 and the 3.6-liter V-6, but the eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard across the board (and all-wheel drive is only available with the six-cylinder model).

Bigger changes can be found in the reshuffled trim levels, with Platinum now sitting at the top of the 300 roost and the 300S being afforded sportier suspension tuning.  The interior has also been given new life, with nicer materials all around – especially on the Platinum model.

I’ll have my full review up next week for Autobytel.com.

Friends of mine had told me about the drought that has been affecting the Austin area for the last few years, but it wasn’t until today that I saw firsthand just how bad it is in certain areas.

Austin Drougt

This was a boat ramp in a park about 35 miles outside of city limits.

Austin Drought Boat Ramp

Pan to the left and you can see water in the distance – and a sign declares that water levels in this particular lake are subject to variance – but it’s a fairly dramatic representation of what can happen to a landscape in the absence of consistent rainfall.

Austin Drought 3

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