Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition returns with AWD

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2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition AWD Press Photo

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The ultraluxe Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition is making a comeback for 2014 — this time with all-wheel drive. How’s an AWD Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition sound to you?

The press release from Chrysler said the 300C John Varvatos Edition can get up to 31 MPG highway when equipped with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine and eight-speed Torquflite 8 automatic transmission. Of course, that’s not what you’ll get out of an AWD-equipped version of the car, given the regular 300C AWD is rated at 27 MPG highway by the EPA when so equipped. Chrysler says the AWD highway mileage figure is still best-in-class.

Chrysler Brand President and CEO Al Gardner said, “Our collaboration with John Varvatos created one of the most uniquely appointed and fastest-selling limited-edition Chrysler 300 models. We received feedback from Chrysler and John Varvatos design fans asking us to do two things – build a second run of the ultimate ‘Imported From Detroit’ Chrysler 300 and offer it with our most intelligent AWD system. We listened and the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition is back.”

Chrysler said the 300C John Varvatos Edition’s AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the performance and handling drivers expect in rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The automaker says it is the only one that offers the combination of an active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system.

The Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition starts at $44,480. If you like the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition but desire all-wheel drive, you had better be prepared to pony up an additional $2,500 — the AWD version has a base price of $46,980. All of that is before adding destination charges, of course. For that, you get a luxuriously appointed Chrysler 300C with Phantom Black tri-coat paint and what Chrysler calls “discrete” metallic finishes inside and out, adding up to a car designed to mimick the John Varvatos cologne bottle.

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