• Jun 18th 2010 at 10:00AM
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Chrysler Sebring Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

Much to our collective surprise, Chrysler's new Italian overlords have reportedly decided to keep the Sebring convertible alive and even give it a major refresh early next year. The Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans are due to get their updates before the end of this year, and the Sebring could yet receive a new name. Most of those changes including reworked suspensions and improved interiors, and the company's new Pentastar V6 will migrate into the droptop in the new year.

As you may recall, back in the 1990s, the Sebring was consistently the top-selling convertible in America thanks to its reasonable price, relatively attractive styling and seating for four. The current model completely squandered that advantage by combining all the negative aspects of its sedan counterpart with a highly compromised design that includes three different tops including vinyl and canvas soft tops and a very finicky folding hardtop. So why keep the Sebring convertible around? According to AllPar, it's because they remain a favorite of rental fleets in warm weather states thanks to "move-em-out" pricing from Chrysler and demand for four-seat convertibles from vacationers.

[Source: AllPar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This Car is Garbage
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lots of downvoters today.

        If all of the Chrysler fanboys on AB actually bought Chryslers, perhaps Chrysler wouldn't have gone bankrupt in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      its actually perfect as a rental in FL. It is so dull that no one thinks about stealing it for a joy ride
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember reading Top Gear and Clarkson said "Almost certainly the worst car in the world. All it did was convert petrol to noise"
      • 5 Years Ago
      ZOMBIE CAR WILL EAT YOUR BRAINNZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not the name that was broken, fellaz.

      Chrysler needs to keep a good entry in the drop-top dept, and the Sebring convertible used to be one of the best you could get. Reasonably-priced, room for four, good-looking (first 2, not the 3rd), and overall a very good car.

      I really don't think we're going to see a replay of the Cerberus Bean-Counter Special from these guys, ever again. Lesson, learned.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would anyone be surprised that the Sebring convertible would be around for the long term? Although the latest rendition fell short in a few areas, it certianly remains popular. For years the Chrysler convertible was the best selling soft top on the market. When the present short comings are addressed, shortly, I'm sure it will regain its position at top of the convertible market.
      A restyled Sebring (Nassau) with the new "Pentastar" engine and the duel clutch transmission and a top shelf interior as planned, will set the Chrysler drop-top on the road to its traditional position as the most sought after convertible on the market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1. This generation of Sebring convertible is built on the same platform and in the same facility (Sterling Heights) as the Sebring/Avenger sedans.

      2. This generation of Sebring is a total mess.

      3. The refresh will be extensive. Brand new Pentastar V6 and Fiat dual-clutch transmission, retuned World Engine four-cylinder, completely reworked exterior based on the 200C concept, and an all-new interior. It will hardly be recognizable as the same car.

      Give it a chance. It may surprise you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In a word: Booooo!
      Then again, I'm not their target audience.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say scrap the Sebring altogether and offer a convertible line in the Challenger instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Challenger isn't failing. It's not the success that the Mustang and Camaro are, but it's doing alright.

        The interior is a bit generic, but isn't as bad as the Sebring, and is better than the Camaro. Last month Chrysler sold nearly 4000 Challengers. Less than half the number of Camaros sold, but pretty good for a car that has had almost no advertising, no starring role in a record breaking movie, no name recognition, and like you said, guzzles gas and is overpriced.

        If they get the new pentastar engine into the SE with more competitive hp, and start advertising they car, they could do very well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Know what you call a Challenger with a convertible top?

        About $50k, once the work is all done.

        The Challenger is already failing because it's overpriced, guzzles petrol, the handling is dull, and the interior sucks (compare to the '11 Mustang, I dare you). Lopping off the top won't fix it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is not the PT Cruiser convertible cheaper than this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      No hope styling wise on the exterior of the Sebring Convertible. However if they took some design cues, or maybe the exact interior, from the Alfa 2uetto concept they could make this work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Our neighbors have a home in Florida and they just picked a 2009 with 13,000 miles for $11,400 from a rental agency sale. It's the perfect car for them for use there. Granted, it's not a car most AB readers would buy, but it has it's niche.

      Me? I'll wait for the next Alfa Spyder.
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