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2015 Chrysler 300 Adds HD Radio

Automaker also offering on-demand Wi-Fi hotspot capability

Some 2015 Chrysler 300 models will include HD Radio as standard equipment; others will offer it as an option. The car starts at $31,395 and includes a number of other audio offerings.

The 300 model is expected to hit dealerships in Q1 and the second Chrysler to offer the digital technology; the outgoing 200 model also does.

Each of the 2015 Chrysler 300 models come with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The 8.4A is standard on the 300 and 300S, with an option to upgrade to the 8.4AN navigation system that includes HD Radio.

The 300C and 300C Platinum models come with the Uconnect 8.4AN, which, in addition to HD Radio, includes voice recognition technology to provide hands-free operation of mobile phones, music and texting. This system includes a USB, SD card and 3.5 mm auxiliary input in the media console. A one-year free trial of SiriusXM, a five-year trial of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic also come with the Uconnect 8.4AN. Using voice commands, drivers can switch from AM to FM to HD Radio (on Uconnect8.4AN) or tune to SiriusXM.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile enables drivers to listen to accounts for Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker Internet radio and stream audio content using their mobile device data plans.

Also notable is that in 2015, on-demand Wi-Fi hotspot capability is enabled by Uconnect Access; it provides wireless Internet connectivity via laptop, tablet or smartphone. Passengers can buy Wi-Fi for a day, week or month.

Other Chrysler brands, including Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat, announced last week, offer HD Radio receivers.