• Jun 20, 2008
The Chrysler Sebring has been a major league disappointment since its introduction in 2007, but execs at Chrysler headquarters have promised that a new, better midsize sedan is on the way. The photo to the right is not that magical new Chrysler, but is what appears to be a warmed-over version of the Sebring we already have. The most obvious change arrives at the hood, where the Sebring's ungainly washboard ribbing is replaced by a smooth surface. There is significant camouflage covering the front bumper and lower fascia, but due to some un-kept grass, we can't see any details. The Chrysler experts over at Allpar say that the updates will mainly improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise, which will also help improve fuel economy.
Chrysler also plans to simplify manufacturing by making many former options standard equipment, adding the Premium and Luxury group as standard on the Limited model. The Touring model a eight-way power driver seat, chrome and leather shift knob, and traction and stability control. What we don't know is whether Chrysler has updated the Sebring's interior, but the automaker has insisted that it was racing to update it quickly. The good news for interior designers is that the Sebring redo can only get better.

[Source: Allpar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      My first two cars were Chryslers. Never going back to them. Ever. You wanna talk about reliability? Surprisingly, I found that with Ford, and unsurprisingly, with Honda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ick

      >:(

      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks a little better, and I'd rather have them change pieces of the car as quickly as possible instead of putting all their chips on a complete redesign five model years away.

      I agree with the others that wanted a more extensive refresh to strongly resemble the 300.

      However this car has a deal-breakingly terrible interior and handling. They really need to overhaul those for this car to have a prayer. Mileage and exterior styling need work, and it's good to see some attention to those, but they're really not the top priority.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Strakes were one of the few thing's I actually liked about Sebring.
      Drivability and ergonomics are terrible.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it IS getting a completely new interior...
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1

      Too many of Chrysler's current cars do not look as good as the ones they repalced. The old Sebring and Stratus Coupes were sleek cars.

      As for power, the Avenger R/T runs 0-60 in 7.0s. Not bad at all considering the market segment. I would prefer that drivetrain in the older Stratus body though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why make it look more like the 300, when in fact, it is just as ugly if not more so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      thanks for the spam asshole
      • 6 Years Ago
      woa they still make the Sebring... i have no idea.... ;)
      Watch out honda and toyota the hood strakes are coming off!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, because Honda (Accord, Element) and Toyota (Yaris, Scion, Tacoma, Camry) are such standout examples of eye pleasing designs.

        • 6 Years Ago
        exactly! im sure honda is loosing sleep over this major decision.

        doesnt matter, most of these cars are going to end up at Hertz anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you obviously dont realize it was all pure sarcasm!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully they can right this. The 01-06 cars are handsome, if just somewhat bland.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best stying change would be do dump that ridiculous "C" pillar with the cheap plastic piece that's supposed to look like a rear quarter window.

      Too bad the generally good looking '09 Mazda 6 has adopted a less horrible but still stupid, blacked out "C" pillar in that fine, Sebring tradition.

      Seems that too many auto stylists have run out of good ideas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I, for one, like hood strakes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like a dish drainer mat. Worked on the Crossfire.

        Chrysler only has time to do a six-panel redesign on the exterior of this swine. That means fenders, hood/front fascia, trunk lid/rear fascia. Interior can be redone more than that and should start with better seats and, as I've said before, materials that don't remind me of the horror of my college days spent in the laundromat in Tempe Center.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still see the lines on the hood...........
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know about the other designers, but you are right about Trevor Creed. He was good at interior design (Ford Probe, Chrysler LeBaron & Dodge Daytona redo in 1990) but he stinks as head of design. He is no Tom Gale, that's for sure!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Remember that some of the key people trying to fix this are not the same people who put it into production. (Daimler).- 300Kid

        Sorry Brent... I saw no "reply" button under 300Kid's comments. 300: I used to work in the Chrysler Design Office... The Germans are gone, but the same lame-a$$ Design VP is still rullin' Auburn Hills Trevor Creed.

        The Chrysler designers that have not jumped to more stable companies are also still there. Most of them are now Managers & Directors (as opposed to the older management that took buy-outs). The guys who were entry level designers have been promoted. FYI... sorry to burst your bubble... not a slam either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see them too! I was just going to say that...
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