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Here you have the first shot of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible, and thankfully, the car looks a whole lot better minus two doors and a roof. The release we have right now is for the UK model, which will only be available with a retractable hardtop. The Brits will get two engine choices: a 2.7L gasoline V6 with a six-speed and 189 horses, and a 2.0L diesel with a six-speed and 140 horsepower.

The convertible is three inches longer than the sedan, and even with the hard roof stowed, there's still room for the all-important pair of golf bags. With the roof raised, you can drop two more into the trunk. Stay tuned for much, much more info tonight or tomorrow as the full details of the US model are released. Will we get a choice of tops? What engines do we get to choose from? All should be known shortly. We'll update you as soon as we get the skinny

For now, be thankful that this Sebring is not the ugly duckling many of us feared it would be. As a convertible, it's a hell of a lot more stylish.

[Source: DaimlerChrysler UK]

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CHRYSLER REVEALS STUNNING SEBRING CABRIO AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Chrysler Group has today revealed the new Chrysler Sebring Cabrio that will be launched in the UK at the end of 2007.

All UK models will feature a retractable hard roof that folds into three sections and stows in less than 30 seconds. Standard roof system features include remote control operation from the key fob, standard powered tonneau cover and automatic latching.

Right hand drive models will be available with a 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine with six-speed automatic gearbox offering 189 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine with six-speed manual will also be available with140 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque.

Peter Lambert, Managing Director of Chrysler Group, said: "Over the last decade the Sebring has been America's favourite convertible and this latest model is ideal for European markets with a folding hard roof and choice of petrol and diesel engines.

"The new Sebring is a stunning four seat two-door Cabrio that will offer outstanding value for money compared to competitors like the Saab 9-3 and Audi A4 in the UK. The Cabrio offers more than enough room for four adults plus exceptional cargo space. It is three inches longer than the Sebring saloon and there is luggage space for four golf bags with the roof up and two golf bags when the roof is retracted."


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