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The new 300 is a bit larger than its predecessor — about 2 inches longer and an inch wider — but has the same squared-off stance, tall grille and upright taillights. Most of the details have been updated: The headlights get standard C-shaped LED daytime running lights on their inboard corners, and the old 300's waffle-and-mesh grille inserts have been replaced by seven slats. The slats, which have a three-dimensional profile and chrome finish up close, look upscale. Some may wish the mesh lived on, so Chrysler says it will offer the design through its Mopar aftermarket division.

The 300 looks upscale even in base trim, though one editor thought it looked over-accessorized. Chrome bars along the bumpers effectively mask the spot where fog lights would go on uplevel models. (The headlights themselves are halogen, with xenons optional.) Chrysler integrated the car's standard dual tailpipes into the rear bumper, which leans forward into the trunklid. It's a slick design, particularly in profile, though it looks like it might leave the protruding tailpipes more vulnerable to damage than they would be under a more substantial bumper.

The 300 Limited and 300C swap the 300's standard 17-inch alloy wheels for 18s. Nineteen- and 20-inch rims are also optional.

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