July 12, 2004


Chrysler announces pricing for all-wheel-drive versions of 300 and Magnum

Windsor, Ontario – The Chrysler Group announced pricing for the new all-wheel-drive versions of the Dodge Magnum wagon and Chrysler 300 sedans on Monday. The 2005 AWD Dodge Magnum SXT and AWD Dodge Magnum RT will be introduced this fall. Later in the fourth quarter, Chrysler will introduced the AWD Chrysler 300, AWD Chrysler 300 Touring, AWD Chrysler 300 Limited and AWD Chrysler 300C.

“While chassis electronics and tire technology improvements help control our Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum rear-wheel drive models, there will be instances where the all-wheel-drive option makes sense,” said Ron Smith, Vice-President Marketing, DaimlerChrysler Canada. “In each case, we are able to offer customers a choice designed to best suit their needs.”

The new all-wheel drive system adds a front differential and a transfer case to the standard rear-wheel-drive configuration. All-wheel drive continuously divides the power between the front and rear axles at a 38-percent to 62-percent ratio.

The AWD system is combined with standard features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), All-speed Traction Control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and Emergency Brake Assist.

In addition to the front differential and transfer case, the all-wheel drive system adds a unique short- and long-arm front suspension to accommodate the front drive axle and related components. The steering gear effort and response and the suspension characteristics also are tuned to the handling characteristics of all-wheel-drive vehicles.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2005 AWD Dodge Magnum SXT is $34,205. This includes the added front differential, transfer case and all-wheel-drive front suspension, a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto/Stick, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and touring tires, performance disk brakes and a 19-gallon fuel tank with the 3.5-litre V-6 engine.

The MSRP for the 2005 AWD Dodge Magnum RT is $39,660. This includes the addition of the front differential, transfer case and all-wheel-drive front suspension. (The five-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and touring tires, performance disk brakes and 19-gallon fuel tank already are included as standard equipment on the Dodge Magnum RT.)

The MSRP for the 2005 AWD Chrysler 300 is $33,990; the 2005 AWD Chrysler 300 Touring is $35,420; the MSRP for the 2005 AWD Chrysler 300 Limited is $39,420; and the MSRP for the 2005 AWD Chrysler 300C is $45,250. The added front differential, transfer case and all-wheel- drive front suspension, a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto/Stick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 18-inch wheels and touring tires, performance disk brakes and a 19-gallon fuel tank are included.

The 2005 AWD Dodge Magnum and AWD Chrysler 300 and 300C will be built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario.

A destination charge of $1,100 is not included in the above MSRP pricing.

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