Chrysler 200 has been revealed at the Detroit motor show. It will go on sale in the spring and continues Chrysler’s growing relationship with Fiat.
The mid-size family car drops its old Mitsubishi
underpinnings, utilising the Compact Wide platform shared with the
smaller Dodge Dart as well as the newest Jeep Cherokee and the
next-generation Alfa Romeo Giulia. Chrysler invested nearly $1 billion into their Sterling Heights, Michigan assembly plant for the all-new 200.
200 brings new technology and “iconic American design”, according to
the company. Standard across the range is a nine-speed automatic
transmission. Entry-level power comes from a 181bhp Tigershark 2.4-litre
four cylinder engine, which features Fiat’s
MultiAir valve technology. The optional 'Pentastar' 3.6-litre V6 puts
out 291bhp. Both the petrol engines are naturally aspirated.
chassis utilises a multi-link rear suspension setup with three available
suspension settings. Only the V6 can be combined with an optional
all-wheel drive system, but at least that traction-enhancing system so
loved by American buyers can decouple the rear axle for fuel economy and
emissions savings—a feature claimed by Chrysler to be a first in the
Outside, you see the new face of Chrysler in the
integrated grille and headlamps. The sportier 200S model swaps out the
chrome exterior trim for gloss black, giving what Chrysler claims is a
“darker, more sinister” look.
Inside, a rotary knob controls the
transmission and luxuries such as ventilated seats, perforated Nappa
leather, and a two-tone heated steering wheel are available. A unique
centre console design features sliding cup holders, hiding a storage and
charging area for mobile phones and iPods.
Thanks to: Autocar