If you’re a fan of Chrysler’s big 300 sedan, you might consider purchasing the current model before the string runs out after the 2017 model year. According to The Sleuth’s sources, Fiat Chrysler head honcho Sergio Marchionne is hinting that the next-generation 300 that’s due for 2018 will use the same front-wheel-drive platform that underpins the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Granted, the 300’s rear-wheel-drive architecture hasn’t changed much since the car’s 2005-model-year introduction and is certainly due for replacement, not to mention that Chrysler has been slowly weening drivers off the Hemi V-8 (especially when it comes to all-wheel-drive). Does the Pacifica platform actually make sense, then?

2016 Chrysler 300S

The Sleuth has it on good word that the Chrysler 300 will be replaced by a new model that uses the Pacifica minivan platform (inset). (PHOTO: CHRYSLER)

Chrysler 300 on a minivan platform and no more Hemi V-8?: