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2009 LX and LC models: New features and changes
Last updated: Summer, 2008

Notes:
* This post will be continuously updated and/or corrected between now and until the 2009 models are released in the fall of 2008
* Much of the listed info is debuting exclusively here on 300CForums.com
* Some features may be optional and/or grouped in packages and available only on selected models
* Some of the information posted here has not and will not be officially confirmed for quite some time
* Please do not make a vehicle buying decision based on information herein until it's officially announced


2009 Chrysler 300 Series (LX)

Production startup (unless otherwise noted): late July 2008

Models:

300 LX (base model)

300 Touring AWD
300 Touring RWD
300 Touring RWD Executive Series

300 Limited AWD
300 Limited RWD

300C AWD
300C RWD
300C RWD Executive Series
300C RWD Heritage Edition

300C SRT8

SRT Design Group - dropped for 2009


Engines:

2.7L (300 LX only)
3.5L (300 Touring and Limited only)
5.7L (NEW 370hp MDS "Eagle" engine with Variable Camshaft Timing, 300C only)
6.1L 425 hp (SRT8 only)


New 300 series features:

EXTERIOR
• Backlite antenna reinstated in rear window replaces mast antenna
• New paint: Deep Water Blue Pearl
• Discontinued paint: Steel Blue Metallic

INTERIOR
• Air filtration standard on all Chrysler models
• Automatic headlamps and Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) standard on 300 Touring
• California walnut interior accents standard on 300 Limited
• Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) automatically informs driver when using fuel-saving multi-displacement system MDS by flashing “ECO” message (300C)
• Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) automatically informs driver when vehicle goes into AWD mode
• Internet Wi-Fi (optional Mopar accessory)
• iPod - built-in interface on selected radios
• LED map pocket lighting standard on 300 Limited and 300C
• New LED illuminated front cup holder rings standard on all Chrysler models
• New chrome I/P trim rings on 300 Touring
• MyGIG® Entertainment System (without navigation) standard on 300 Limited, 300C and 300C SRT8
• New front seat headrests on 300C SRT8 (change made for U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard FMVSS) tilts headrest forward
• Normal cruise control mode added to Adaptive Speed Control
• Rear Seat Video™ System no longer optional with Limited
• Refined trunk area includes standard trunk scuff plate, decklid liner, grocery bag hooks and cargo net
• Reversible trunk mat standard on Chrysler 300 Limited and 300C (not available on SRT8)
• Sound Group no longer optional with Touring
• Speed control standard on 300C SRT8
• Tire Pressure Monitor warning message appears as “LO TIRE” in digital odometer (vehicles without EVIC)
• Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel standard on 300 Limited

POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
• AWD vehicles equipped with new active transfer case to maximize performance and fuel economy
• Comfort tuned suspension on 300 Limited and 300C with 18-inch wheels (de-tuned for more comfortable ride)
• Sunroof standard on 300C SRT8

• 300C Heritage Model includes the following new equipment for 2009 MY in addition to carry-over equipment from 2008:
– 20-inch chrome wheels (Mopar®)
– 245/45R20 A/S Performance tires (2008 SRT Design package)
– Performance suspension
– Grille, front fascia (different finish)
– “Heritage” fender badge placed on left and right side
– “Heritage” badge on front seats


Exterior colors:

BRIGHT SILVER METALLIC CLEAR COAT
BRILLIANT BLACK CRYSTAL PEARL COAT
CLEARWATER BLUE PEARL COAT
COOL VANILLA CLEAR COAT
DARK TITANIUM MET. CLEAR COAT
DEEP WATER BLUE PEARL COAT
INFERNO RED CRYSTAL PEARL COAT
LIGHT SANDSTONE MET. CLEAR COAT
STONE WHITE CLEAR COAT


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300C SRT8

New 300C SRT8 Features:

EXTERIOR
• New grille finish with chrome exterior ring and winged badge with grille insert having a spinel finish
• New exterior color: Deep Water Blue Clear Coat, replaces Steel Blue
• Sun roof now standard
• Backlite antenna reinstated in rear window replaces mast antenna

INTERIOR
• Uconnect tunes now standard (MyGIG system without navigation)
• New front-seat head rest tilts headrest forward
• Normal cruise control mode added to Adaptive Speed Control
• Speed control now Standard
• Refined trunk area includes standard trunk scuff plate, decklid liner, grocery bag hooks and cargo net

POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
• New ABS and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) calibrations
• New suspension tuning involving the knuckle, shock valve and ESP calibrations
• Improved fuel economy results in a lower gas guzzler tax
• New Limited Slip Differential

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2009 Dodge Charger (LX)

Models:

Charger SE
Charger SE AWD
Charger SXT
Charger SXT AWD
Charger R/T
Charger R/T AWD
Charger SRT8

Engines:

2.7L (SE only)
3.5L (SE, SXT only)
5.7L (NEW 370 hp MDS engine with VCT, R/T only)
6.1L 425 hp (SRT8 only)


New Features:

All models - Rear window integrated antenna replaces mast antenna
AWD models - new active transfer case with front axle disconnect
Internet - Wi-Fi port (Mopar accessory, possible late model year factory option)
iPod - built-in interface on selected radios
Active Cruise Control
Upgraded suspension


SE
Key features same as 2008 models

SXT
Key features same as 2008 models

R/T
Key features same as 2008 models

SRT8:
Key features same as 2008 models
New Brake knockback mitigation (unconfirmed)
New Limited Slip Differential


2009 Dodge Challenger (LC)

Production start, 2008 models (SRT8 only): April 21, 2008
Production start, 2009 models (SE, R/T, SRT8): Late July 2008


Models:

Challenger SE base model 4-speed auto (changover to 5-speed April 2009)
Challenger R/T 5-speed auto
Challenger R/T 6-speed manual
Challenger SRT8 5-speed auto
Challenger SRT8 6-speed manual


Engines:

3.5L (SE model only)
5.7L (NEW 375 hp 5.7L gen II engine with Variable Cam Timing, 6-speed R/T only)
5.7L (NEW 370 hp 5.7L gen II engine with Variable Cam Timing and MDS, 5-speed R/T only)
6.1L (SRT8 only)


Transmissions:

4-speed automatic (SE model only) (changover to 5-speed April 2009)
5-speed automatic W5A580 (R/T and SRT)
6-speed manual TREMEC 6060 (R/T and SRT)


Rear axle gearing:

3.64 (base model)
2.82 (R/T auto)
3.73 (18" wheels) / 3.92 (20" wheels) (R/T manual)
3.06 (SRT auto)
3.73 (18" wheels)/ 3.92 (20" wheels) (SRT manual)


Radios:

AM/FM CD MP3 Radio (model RES)
AM/FM 6 Disc DVD MP3 Radio (model REQ)
MyGIG Infotainment System with navigation (model RER)


Exterior colors:

Bright Silver Metallic
Brilliant Black
Dark Titanium Metallic
Deep Water Blue Pearl
Inferno Red Crystal pearl
Hemi Orange Pearl
TorRed
Stone White
B-5 Blue (late model year intro for R/T classic model)


Key features and options:

17"x7" wheels, 18"x7.5" optional wheels (base model)
18"x7.5" aluminum wheels, optional chrome clad 20"x8" wheels (R/T)
20"x9" aluminum wheels (SRT)
245/45ZR20 and 255/45ZR20 Perf Tires (SRT)
Air Conditioning (all models)
All Speed Traction Control (all models)
Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle (R/T, SRT)
AutoStick Automatic Transmission (R/T, SRT)
Brake Assist (all models)
Brembo brakes (SRT)
Bright pedals (R/T, SRT)
Cell phone storage (all models)
Electronic Stability Program ESP (all models)
Exhaust, dual (R/T, SRT)
Fog lamps (all models)
Fuel filler door, chrome (R/T, SRT)
Gas Guzzler tax (SRT)
Grille, Satin Chrome (all models)
Heated front seats (R/T, SRT)
HID headlamps (R/T, SRT)
Hill Start Assist (R/T, SRT 6-sp models)
Hood scoop, functional (all models)
Illuminated Cupholders (R/T, SRT)
Illuminated Front Map Pockets (R/T, SRT)
Keyless-Go ignition (R/T, SRT)
Kicker audio system (SRT)
Leather Wrapped Shift Knob (RT/SRT)
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel (RT/SRT)
Performance Steering and Suspension (R/T, SRT)
Power Heated Mirrors (R/T, SRT)
Power Windows, Front 1-Touch Down (all models)
Rear 60/40 Folding Seat (all models)
Rear Window Antenna (all models)
Remote start (R/T, SRT, auto transmission models only)
Satin Silver Lock Knobs (all models)
Seats, cloth (base)
Security Alarm (all models)
Side air bags (all models)
Sirius Satellite Radio (all models)
Spoiler, rear (R/T, SRT)
Sunroof (all models)
Tilt/Telescope Steering Column (all models)
Trak Pak (6-sp manual package, R/T, SRT)
UConnect Hands-Free Communication (all models)



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I think the 0.0L engines are going to be totally awesome! It’s about time they put some umph into their line up. :D :nana:












Sorry….I couldn’t resist. I know this is early information and I do appreciate it. :D Thanks RS for your continued hard work! :fing02:
 

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I think the 0.0L engines are going to be totally awesome! It’s about time they put some umph into their line up. :D :nana:












Sorry….I couldn’t resist. I know this is early information and I do appreciate it. :D Thanks RS for your continued hard work! :fing02:
Makes me wonder what the HP/Torque difference is between the base's 0.0 and the SRT's 0.0 is going to be
 

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Anybody venture to guess when the 300 will see a full redesign. 2010 I would guess w/ the release date being sometime in '09. Car designs typically last 5 years right?
some people would say when Bentley comes out with a new design, but I'd say when sales no longer look promising
 

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Discussion Starter #11 (Edited)
I think the 0.0L engines are going to be totally awesome! It’s about time they put some umph into their line up.
Imagine the gas savings!


Sorry….I couldn’t resist. I know this is early information and I do appreciate it. :D Thanks RS for your continued hard work! :fing02:
Hey Danno, my "sources" are usually pretty reliable and the latest word I hear is that you are most likely going to trade-in your SRT8 later on next year, can this possibly be true?
 

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I think the 0.0L engines are going to be totally awesome! It’s about time they put some umph into their line up. :D :nana:
Finally I should be able to kick some a$$ with the Prius...
 

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The first page of this thread says it's 6.5L for the 2009 SRT8. I assume that page has a typo, right?

!!!!!!!!! 6.4L !!!!!!!!!

!!!!!! >500 Hp !!!!!!
 
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