Launching the latest in a growing line of “lifestyle-driven” variants for its flagship full-size sedan, Chrysler dealers across the country are now offering the 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier edition to help owners embrace winter weather with a bit more confidence—and more power, too.
That’s because the 300 Glacier model mixes the Chrysler Group’s highly advanced all-wheel-drive system with a very appropriate performance enhancer for its award-winning Pentastar V6: A cold-air induction system. Complemented by a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission and sport-tuned exhaust, the result is that that 3.6-liter engine receives a power bump to a full 300 horses while still posting best-in-class EPA marks of up to 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Alternatively, Glacier owners can opt for a 5.7-liter HEMI with the brand’s Fuel Saver Technology—which lets the V8 run on four cylinders for enhanced efficiency in certain driving conditions—to enjoy 363 hp and EPA grades that reach 23 mpg highway.
Either way, the 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier also provides gobs of grip with its exclusive AWD setup. The system is the only one from a major automaker to combine an active transfer case with a front-axle disconnect feature. In normal driving scenarios, the 300 Glacier routes power only to its rear wheels and actually disconnects the front axle from the drivetrain for enhanced fuel economy and traditional RWD performance. But when the system detects a need for added traction, torque flows seamlessly to the reconnected front axle for additional handling capabilities.
The starting price won’t leave drivers out in the cold, either; MSRPs for the 2013 Chrysler 300 Glacier starts at $36,845.
Of course, there’s a lot more to the car than just its powertrain technologies …