Chrysler resurrected the 300 series numbering in 1999 to signifying luxury using the cab forward design vehicle platform. The latter M denotes the continuation of the original Chrysler 300 models sold from 1955 to 1965. The Chrysler sedan served as a replacement of the Vision produced by the defunct Eagle vehicle brand. Measuring 197.8 inches in length, the 1999 Chrysler 300M was a stylish premium car equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system.
Besides being a four-door sedan, the 300M broke tradition with the previous Chrysler 300 series vehicle by bring a front-wheel drive powered by a V-6 engine. Engine power for the 1999 Chrysler 300M was derived from a 3.5-liter six-cylinder powerplant generating 253 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.
Channeling engine output through a four-speed automatic transmission, Chryslers AutoStick shifter allowed drivers to operate the gearbox like a manual. The five-passenger interior of the 1999 300M received numerous premium appointments including leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control and AM/FM/Cassette/CD player audio system. From 1999 to 2004, the Chrysler 300M received a series minor year-to-year improvements. In 2001, the taillights were given a jewel-like appearance. The 2002 300M Special model was introduced as performance appearance model. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine of the Chrysler 300 M Special received a subtle power bump and was connected to a dual exhaust system.
18-inch wheels, lowered ride height, HID headlights and faux carbon fiber interior trim is also included with the 300M Special. The 2004 Chrysler 300M Platinum edition offered a two-tone color interior, 360-watt Infinity II sound system and chrome wheels. After the 2004 model year, the Chrysler 300M made way for the 2005 model year 300 sedan.