Chrysler has released the first image of the new Chrysler Sebring sedan and announced that it will make its debut at the London International Motor Show next month. Details are slim, but the release states that it'll be available in the UK in mid-2007 in RHD format with a choice of gas or diesel engines. 4car reported earlier that the diesel is the same VW-sourced unit available in the European-market Dodge Caliber, and that a hardtop coupe+convertible is also likely.

Front end styling borrows heavily from the Crossfire, and all around, the car looks very different than the current vehicle.

More details and photos as they become available, but for now, let us know what you think!

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: DaimlerChrysler] EUROPEAN PREMIERE FOR NEW CHRYSLER SEBRING AT LONDON MOTOR SHOW

The brand new Chrysler Sebring will have its European premiere at the London Motor Show on 18 July together with the new Dodge Nitro, which will be shown in the UK for the first time.

These two newcomers will both be launched in right-hand drive in the UK during 2007, and will be joined on the Chrysler Group motor show stand by all of the stunning new models that have been launched in the UK this year – the Chrysler PT Cruiser Cabrio, Chrysler 300C Touring, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland and Dodge Caliber.

Peter Lambert, Managing Director for Chrysler Group UK said: "2006 is a huge year for Chrysler Group with the launch of so many new models* in the UK in the first seven months of the year.

"With so much new metal it's no surprise that our sales are so far bucking the downward trend. Demand for the 300C saloon has exceeded all of our expectations, and the 300C Touring estate is off to a flying start. We are already asking the factory for extra cars to meet demand.

"Looking forward to 2007, it is no coincidence that Chrysler Group has decided to have the European reveal of the new Sebring at the London show – the UK is a key market for Chrysler worldwide and our aim over the next few years is to grow our market share by offering stunning cars that offer surprisingly good value for money."

The Sebring is Chrysler's first offering in the mid-size family car D-segment, currently dominated by cars like the Ford Mondeo and Honda Accord. It combines a striking design, based on the 2003 Airflite Concept, with interior craftsmanship, high levels of safety and reliability, great performance and excellent fuel efficiency. It will be available in right-hand drive with diesel and petrol engines in the UK from the middle of next year.

The Dodge Nitro on the show stand is the concept car that was unveiled at the 2005 Chicago Autoshow. It is the Dodge brand's first mid-size five-seater SUV, and is designed to attract customers seeking a vehicle with distinctive styling, sporty performance, a very flexible interior and all at a very affordable price. Right-hand drive versions of the Nitro will arrive in the UK in mid 2007 with petrol and diesel engines.

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*the seven new Chrysler Group vehicles launched in 2006 include:

Jeep Commander
Grand Cherokee Overland
Grand Cherokee SRT-8
300C Touring
300C SRT-8
PT Cruiser Cabrio
Dodge Caliber



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