• Oct 13, 2008
Chrysler's Project D is in full swing, and the automaker has targeted an end-of-winter date for its decision on how to proceed. As a refresher, Chrysler has set up a team consisting of people from every facet of vehicle design and marketing with the goal of coming up with a suitable replacement for the Pentastar's mid-sized Sebring and Dodge Avenger, which we'll charitably describe as non-competitive. Possibilities for their replacements include creating a completely new vehicle architecture in-house or partnering up with another automaker that already has a well-designed sedan that Chrysler could use as a base for its next mid-sizer. Chrysler's not saying, but we've heard that discussions have taken place with Nissan/Renault, Fiat and, lest we forget, possibly even General Motors. According to the most recent reports, the automaker would actually prefer to partner-up on the project. In the mean time, we'd hope that Chrysler can perform a bit of mid-cycle magic on its Sebring and Avenger to make them just a wee bit more palatable.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Two words:

      Dodge Mondeo
      • 6 Years Ago

      What about the Mitsubishi Gallant? Mitsubishi is not doing too well now, so perhaps they could use the extra cash by selling Gallants to Chrysler.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think Chrysler needs to avoid Mitsubishi altogether. As it is the current Sebring/Avenger share the Lancer platform. And the Galant, although not the worst car ever made, is sub-par on many levels (and in fact is what the LAST generation sebring/stratus are based off of).

        If anything I say take the LX platform, shorten it (we know they can, they did for the Challenger) and make the Sebring a rwd competitor for people who don't want something as large as the 300.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Replace the current Sebring with the new Renault Laguna.
      • 6 Years Ago
      totally look @ Suzuki. Their quality is really surprising- especially in the SX4- and for the price and standard nav, it can't be beat
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd say check out the Chinese Chery A6. I know sounds crazy but it's their "Hyundai Sonata". With some proper engineer grooming and Chrysler's 2.4l GEMA powerplant that should be a very competent car with a good price.

      Another car to consider would be one from Fiat as they make really nice cars (way better than were years ago) and they're not currently offered here. It would be a win win situation for both parties.

      I don't see Nissan or GM giving up their goods. Sorry, but thats the bread butter for those cars companies. The Altima/Laguna and Malibu/G6/Aura are doing well on their own right, they're not going to want to share the wealth.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1337 are you kidding? The current Sebring has a lot of problems, but at least safety isn't one of them (see links below). Did you even notice the headline for the article you linked? That Brilliance notoriously got one of the worst crash test scores on record. And in my opinion it's also one of the ugliest/boring cars to look at.

        Note the current generation got a perfect score:http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=512

        The convertible also got the "good" rating
        • 6 Years Ago
        @300kid

        I had a hint of sarcasm in there. While I know the Brilliance is a deathtrap, I wouldn't be caught dead in a Sebring. :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd check out the Brilliance BS6. Even this is better than a Sebring...

        http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/22/brilliance-bs6s-adac-crash-test-is-anything-but/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Born again K-cars? No,I dont think Chrysler has the common sense to make a common sense decision even when their future is at stake.Get this Chrysler.....$16,000 6 passenger seating,32-36 mpg,4 cylinder,base 5 speed manual,4 door and wagon (2 door to follow),no frills,optional ABS,optional 4 wheel discs,no spoilers/vents/louvers.Make it common sense and affordable and they will buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That would be the LHS platform, not the LX
        • 6 Years Ago
        LHS was the name of a vehicle built on the LH platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At this point anything they do is probably a bonus. They could bring back the LX platform and get better reviews than they are getting with the current car, and save a lot of money too. Like SEAT did with the Audi A4. http://www.autoblog.com/2008/10/03/paris-2008-strike-previous-gen-audi-a4-strike-seat-exeo/
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think he means the cab forward cars (Dodge Intrepid, Chrysler Concord...)

        • 6 Years Ago
        isn't the LX platform the 300/charger platform? so what ru talking about?
          • 6 Years Ago
          It is not technically the same platform. It is true Charger/300 replaced the LX but they are different platforms. Also true that the LX platform is not currently underpinning any vehicles, but the engineering is done. Charger/300/Challenger are rear wheel drive, the LXs were front. Read the article that is linked to my comment. SEAT is a subsidiary of VW/Audi. They could not afford to build a car from scratch so they used the previous generation Audi A4 platform to create the SEAT Exeo. What I am talking about is Chrysler could use the LX platform to create a replacement for the Sebring and/or Avenger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Problem #1 as everyone else has pointed out it is the LH platform you are talking about.

        Problem #2 the LH platform (Intrepid, 300M) is one size too big. It is a large car platform.

        Problem #3 It was good for it's day when it came out in 1993 but was a bit long in the tooth by the end in 2004. In 2010 it would be even less competitive than the Sebring.

        Problem #4 It is not like they can just flip a switch and restart the building of a 5 year old product. That plant (Brampton) has moved on to building the LX cars and it is doubtful that they have all the LH dies sitting around in a warehouse. Not to mention the parts suppliers. So you would be looking at building a whole new vehicle and fresh production setup at another plant anyway. It would be different if someone had wanted to do this at the time they were discontinuing the LH cars.

        The end result is it would be cheaper to improve the Sebring that they have in production than retool and restart the production of a car that is 5 years out of production.

        The next model will probably be a rebadge of someone else's if Chrysler is still around then. Which seems doubtful. Cerberus is trying to off load them by any means possible. My bet would be Nissan/Renault will buy them and either kill the Sebring or make the next one a rebadge of one of their platforms.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Repeat after me:

        LH - 300M, LHS, Concord, Intrepid
        LX - 300, 300C, Magnum, Charger
        LY - Future of the LX.

        JA - 1st gen cloud cars
        JX - 1st gen cloud convert.
        JR - 2001-06 strat/sebr.
          • 6 Years Ago
          OK. Ok. Ok. I muffed up the LX/LH thing. Turns out the whole premise is out dated as mentioned as well, so I stunk up the place today, my apologies to all. I guess a little Wiki work was in order there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is no problem with platform sharing between different manufacturers as long as the sheet-metal, interiors and driving characteristics are different. In Chrysler's case, it should not seek a domestic manufacturer for a platform but a foreign one. It should leave Nissan/Renault alone since they have their own work cut out for them. With the capable Citroen C5 and Peugeot 407, Chrysler should collaborate with PSA and use their midsize platform for the Sebring/Avenger replacements. This would give either PSA brand an easier opportunity to return to the US market.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the only problem with that is those cars aren't built to pass american crash tests, and if they use them they are going to have to put in $$$ and Ceberus doesnt want to do that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here comes the Eagle Premier.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd forgotten that Eagle ever existed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I recall, the Sebring/Avenger platform was before, and STILL IS just a slightly reengineered Mitsubishi Lancer platform.....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sebring/Avenger are on the Chrysler JS platform. The JS is a modified version of the mitsubishi GS platform.

        Vehicle list on GS/JS:

        Mitsubishi"
        -2005–present Mitsubishi Outlander/Citroën C-Crosser/Peugeot 4007
        -2007–present Mitsubishi Lancer (GS41 sedan, GS44S hatchback)
        -2007–present Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
        -2007–present Mitsubishi Delica

        Chrysler:
        -2007–present Chrysler Sebring (JS)
        -2007–present Dodge Caliber hatchback (PM)
        -2007–present Jeep Compass sports wagon (MK)
        -2007–present Jeep Patriot crossover SUV (MK)
        -2008–present Dodge Avenger (JS)
        -2009 Dodge Journey (JC49)
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