The 300C was never sold in India, officially. But because it was such a famous car back then, (and still is, actually), you can find a few rare examples of some of the cars imported over here in the country. Buying a used car brings some apprehension, but if you find a good car with a clean history and faultless mechanicals, you should not hesitate to invest in the car of your dreams.
This is where BBT comes to your rescue; all the cars are checked for past records and carefully monitored and checked before selling it to the next client. Now, let's take a look at what all points one should keep in mind while buying a used Chrysler 300C in India.
Chrysler 300C Variants
Chrysler 300C was made available in two body types- Sedan and Estate. The sedan is mostly preferred among luxury car buyers, and as a result, you will find that more easily as compared to the estate wagon. The Chrysler 300 was produced between 2003 and 2010. 2005 onwards, the base 300 was renamed as LX while the more powerful and better-equipped versions were renamed as 300C. The Chrysler 300C was available in Touring (estate car for European markets), saloon and SRT-8 variants among others. In 2011, the second-gen Chrysler 300C was launched, which is still on sale in global markets.
Chrysler 300C Engines
The Chrysler 300C was produced both with petrol and diesel engines. Since the car was first launched in American markets, there are more petrol engines to choose from. The petrol models of the Chrysler 300C can be had with 4 different engine options. The base model came powered by a 2.7-litre V6, although that is considered to be a bit underpowered for all the bulk it has to carry. The 3.5-litre V6 that was offered next to the 2.7-litre V6, offers decent performance and is reasonably fuel efficient.
For those obsessed with power and noise, the HEMI V8 motor is the one to have in the 300C. The V8 motor is available in two options – a 5.7-litre and a more powerful 6.1-litre (SRT-8). The latter develops 450bhp and 560Nm and is capable of hitting 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds. The petrol models come mated to either a 4-speed or a 5-speed automatic transmission available in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations.
Diesel-powered versions of the Chrysler 300C were only sold in European and Australian markets. The Chrysler 300C diesel came fitted with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class derived 3.0-litre V6 engine that has a rated power output of 215bhp @3800rpm and a peak torque of 510 N-m @1600rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. For a diesel engine, performance is brisk too; the V6 diesel can propel the 300C from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds while the top speed is 230km/h.
If you want to buy a used Chrysler 300C in India, try and get one that has run under 30,000 kilometers. Also, check it extensively for body damages and go through the history of the car including car crime checks.
The diesel variants of the Chrysler 300C are more famous in India. Since these come powered by a Mercedes-derived V6 engine, reliability is not going to be an issue if you buy a car that has clocked less than 30,000kms on the odometer.
However, if you want a true-blue American muscle car in an elegant and quite unique body of a luxury sedan, try and go for the HEMI V8 equipped petrol versions. There's no doubt that it will drink more fuel on every outing in comparison to the diesel motor, but then, fuel economy should be least of your concerns!