Chrysler has taken the wraps off their Sebring replacement, the 200, after a series of teasers.
While the looks are almost certainly an improvement, we’re more interested in what’s underneath that.
Power will come from either a 2.4L I4 or a 3.6L Pentastar V6. Both will be available with a six-speed automatic, but the former will also have the option of a four-speed automatic gearbox. Come on Chrysler, it’s the 21st century, who still offers four-speed gearboxes?
Chrysler claims ride comfort and handling have been improved thanks to an upgraded chassis and new tires. NVH levels have also been improved using methods such as acoustic laminated glass.
The interior is said to be completely revamped and improved, but Chrysler has yet to release any pictures. We’ll be on the look out.
Craftsmanship, Elegance and Value: The New 2011 Chrysler 200
October 12, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -Chrysler Group LLC today released additional photos of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan. Offering consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content, the 2011 Chrysler 200 is an exciting alternative for customers that want style and substance, all at a surprising value.
Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include: front and rear fascias and fenders, grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, hood, rear decklid and exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED taillamps and a LED center high-mounted stop light.
The Chrysler 200 gets a new powertrain lineup featuring the 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine mated to either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transaxle, or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle; improved ride and handling tuning which includes stiffened body mounts and softer ride rate, improved suspension geometry with a raised roll center, a new rear sway bar, and new tires and an extensively upgraded treatment for the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness including acoustic laminated glass for the windshield and front door windows.
Quality materials abound in the beautifully updated new interior for 2011. Updates include a new instrument panel, bezels and gauge face, upgraded seats with a new design that incorporates more cushion material and revised spring geometry as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, new “soft touch” armrests and dash, and new heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel with improved design and functionality.
The new 2011 Chrysler 200 provides drivers a beautifully inspired sedan that doesn’t compromise safety or practicality and offers the best value in its class. The Chrysler 200 will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. and will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter 2010.
Consumers can visit www.chrysler.com for additional information regarding the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan.