• Oct 12, 2010

2011 Chrysler 200 – Click above for high-res image gallery

After a steady drip of teaser photos and information, Chrysler has finally dropped the mother load on its pivotal new 200 sedan. The conservatively handsome four-door draws on the successful 200C concept from the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, but it still clearly has the hard point echoes of its predecessor, the widely panned Sebring. That means that while it benefits from fresh front and rear lighting, fascias, new mirrors and wheels, but the 200 still makes do with the Sebring's easily identifiable greenhouse. Thankfully, the changes – particularly the lighting – do appear to have freshened the car immensely, though the rear end looks awfully derivative of Jaguar's XF.

Underhood, Chrysler confirms the 200 will receive either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to either a four-speed or six-speed automatic (depending on model trim), or the company's lauded 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. Officials have yet to release power specifications or performance numbers, so the 200 information onslaught still has a ways to go before it's complete.

Extensive changes have also been made to the interior, with cabin updates including a new instrument panel, redesigned seats, acoustic laminated glass for lower sound levels and revamped HVAC outlets, though there are no full interior pics yet to assess.

Check out our full gallery below and Chrysler's official press release after the jump.

*UPDATE: Click here to read our full first drive impressions of Chrysler's new 200.



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Craftsmanship, Elegance and Value: The New 2011 Chrysler 200

October 12, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Chrysler Group LLC today released additional photos of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan. Offering consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content, the 2011 Chrysler 200 is an exciting alternative for customers that want style and substance, all at a surprising value.

Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include: front and rear fascias and fenders, grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, hood, rear decklid and exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED taillamps and a LED center high-mounted stop light.

The Chrysler 200 gets a new powertrain lineup featuring the 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine mated to either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transaxle, or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle; improved ride and handling tuning which includes stiffened body mounts and softer ride rate, improved suspension geometry with a raised roll center, a new rear sway bar, and new tires and an extensively upgraded treatment for the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness including acoustic laminated glass for the windshield and front door windows.

Quality materials abound in the beautifully updated new interior for 2011. Updates include a new instrument panel, bezels and gauge face, upgraded seats with a new design that incorporates more cushion material and revised spring geometry as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, new "soft touch" armrests and dash, and new heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel with improved design and functionality.

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 provides drivers a beautifully inspired sedan that doesn't compromise safety or practicality and offers the best value in its class. The Chrysler 200 will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. and will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter 2010.

Consumers can visit www.chrysler.com for additional information regarding the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this on the next Avis lot I come across!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's times like this that I wonder why the conditions weren't favorable for a Fiat/Chrysler alliance back in 1998, when the Daimler AG deal was finalized. So far, the people from Turin have proven to be the only ones with anything remotely resembling a plan to tackle Chrysler's ills.

      They took a widely unpopular car, the Sebring, and re-engineered it to the point where it has, for all intents and purposes, become a new car, even though it still has the hard points of the Sebring, as Mr. Paukert has pointed out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      too sterile... and it looks like Korean cars from 10 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Certainly looks nicer than the Sebring. Not that that says much...

      Overall its a nice looking car. The grill is a little void of character but in the market segment where this will compete, a little blandness never hurt. I think the biggest factor is going to be fit and finish. The looks are solid and traditionally the interiors of Chryslers have never been bad in design. Comfortable seats, soft-touch plastics, no flashing left on the molded parts, tight fitting panels and dash assemblies; these are going to win or lose the battle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still a Chyrsler, still a Sebring, still ugly, still outdated styling, still not interested...

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's hard to hate on Chrysler right now. This car looks really good. Reminds me of the Hyundai Sonata meets a Jaguar or Audi.

      The design is solid. I wonder about the under the hood & reliability though. Nonetheless.. a glimmer of hope.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If we want to hate on anybody, it should be Cerberus, and "Minimum Bob" Nardelli, for driving the company off the cliff. Cerberus was in way over their heads trying to run a car company, and bringing Nardelli in to manage it made matters even worse. Fiat is in the position of keeping placeholders in the lineup until they can federalize Fiats, Alfas and Lancias to repopulate the showroom floor. I just think they could have used a little more imagination with the 200's styling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sure, i think they played it a little too safe. But i think it looks better than anything Chrysler has ever put out in decades. Their smaller cars have always been a joke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they even look at their own concept before they built this thing...It's a Sebring with a somewhat different front end(looks dated already) and a nice rear end.This won't help them out much, how do we keep letting this same 'ol business practice of rehashing old crap happen
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks a lot like a toyota Camry from the back and a Avalon in the front.. blend yes but it is no worse then the last sabering any ways this is a hold over car so i can deal with the blend toyota styling ! Atleast it is not duck ugly like these rash of new honda's...

      hyundai/kia and ford is the only two automakers putting out great looking cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's it, there is no hope, this is the old car (barely) warmed over!

      Well at least I know the rental car I'm getting for the next five years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This reminds me of the SImpsons episode where Lisa came up with a doll to compete with Malibu Stacy and the Malibu Stacy people responded by giving Malibu Stacy a hat......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hate to say it, but I'm not that impressed. It looks like a small Hyundai Azera, and that's not a good thing. But the outside of the car isn't whats important. We need some interior pics!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. Not a good improvement. Looks like this one will be a fleet only car. One more nail in the coffin for Chrysler.
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