Major changes included:
The 2011 model year brought about the release of the second-generation Chrysler 300. On the outside, the 300 retained its staple look, but Chrysler changed just enough to keep up with the times. The interior also underwent a refresh that pushed the 300 up the luxury-car food chain, including a more comfortable and appropriately sized steering wheel, and a sleeker center stack. Under its hood, the 300 came standard with an all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that cranked out 292 horsepower through a five-speed automatic transmission. In 2012, Chrysler replaced the five-speed transmission with an eight-speed unit.