• Oct 12, 2010

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

Goodbye, Sebring, thanks for the memories... sort of. Sadly, most of the recollections we can muster that include Chrysler's mid-size sedan aren't ones we're particularly fond of – at least not when thinking of the nameplate's current generation, which debuted in 2007 to a chorus of boos amongst the motoring press and limp sales directly thereafter. Why? Taking lackluster driving dynamics and a disappointing interior out of the equation, the biggest problem with the Sebring has been that it's widely considered to be one of the least attractive sedans on the road.

And so it's with eager anticipation that we look forward to the introduction of the Chrysler 200 for 2011. The Pentastar brand has just pulled the covers (mostly) off its thoroughly updated family sedan, and for the most part, we like what we see, though admittedly it's a long way off from the more adventuresome 200C concept car that wowed Detroit Auto Show goers in 2009. There may be a few nits that need picking, however, starting with what seems to be a completely carryover greenhouse. Also, the fact that a four-speed automatic gearbox is still available on some models is a disappointment (though it's likely just for rental car-spec models), and we've yet to see the full interior.

We know there are a lot more specifics yet to be revealed, but the question that most needs answering today is whether or not you, dear readers, think that Chrysler has done enough with the 200 to differentiate it from the unloved Sebring. Take a moment to scroll back through the photos (click here if you want a quick refresher on the 2010 Sebring), then be sure to take part in our completely unscientific poll below. Finally, feel free to have your say in our 'Comments' section below.





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Brian, chill out.

      "and the driving dynamics aren't going to be much better". How do you know this? Read the press release - there has been a fairly significant amount of work done to the suspension. Sebrings ride floaty, but their handling is nothing that can't be tweaked without replacing the whole car.

      "I would be surprised again, if Chrysler put a 290 HP engine in a FWD car. The only company I've seen come close to putting 300HP to FWD only was Acura, and they won't go over that mark."

      Chrysler was putting as much as 255hp engines in FWD cars (the LH bodies) w/4 speed autos. Cadillac even had a 275 and 300hp FWD era (with heavy Northstar 8s at that!) In fact GM has had a number of FWD cars with heavy, powerful engines. It can be done. Honda, Toyota and Nissan - among others - all put 270+hp 6 cyl. engines in FWD cars w/5 or 6 speeds. Chrysler can certainly do 280hp w/a 6 speed. It's not rocket science.

      It's impossible for you to have driven this car, so lets wait 'til we read some reviews (on this site and in more respected venues that can actually run performance tests) before we go making up our minds. Then go drive one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, I am not trying to be a hater, but that car still reminds me too much of the Sebring. I just can't like it because of that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have given the front end a little more Chrysler Crossfire and a little less Chrysler Town and Country.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will not make them a competitor, I imagine it will simply just hold the line till they can come up with something new.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry to say, this is not good. Very uninspired. Looks almost like the last gen Sebring, and will likely fail like the last gen Sebring. This will probably be in the rental lots/ bargain basement rental cars real quick. I'm not biased, I actually drive a Chrysler. If their goal is to attract interest, this is a failed early attempt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler is going to pull a last gen ford focus refresh x 3. The 200 and 300 will fail unless it is cheaper than Hyundai Sonata. Its got to start at 19k and be pretty decently loaded too. People will give it a chance then. Same for the 300, which needs to start at 24 k

      Right now Chrysler needs a chance to get people into their cars. And also they better be ready to impress with performance and quality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're really shying away from showing the b and c pillar areas... Also, I'm dissapointed that there are no interior shots yet but I'm sure they're coming. The car does look much better but I would have preferred an all new model. But considering that Chrysler was on the brink, I'd say they did well enough for now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Sebring was fairly well received when it came out in 2007. Then at some point it became popular and "in-style" to trash it. Motor Trend even did a review of the 2010 Sebring, and stated that they were too hard on in the past:
      http://blogs.motortrend.com/6595321/auto-review/2010-chrysler-sebring-a-pleasant-surprise/index.html

      The knocks on the Sebring were interior materials, interior noise, ride & handling, and external looks. All of those have been vastly changed and improved for 2011.

      As far as a 4-speed trans for the I-4, it's probably just going to be used until the 6 speed dual dry-clutch transmission is ready to take over full time. The DDCT will be a class leading transmission technology, which will start being used in April/May of 2011.

      Chrysler should be commended for improving the Sebring/200 & Avenger this much, for just a couple model years of life. The next 200/Avenger will be built on a shared FIAT platform for model year 2013. The 2011 200 is what the Sebring could have been from the start, if it wasn't for Dumbler-Benz's moronic cost cutting and leadership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All those people who constantly get on here & knock chrysler, have you not anything better to do??? if your so good why dont you go & design your own car & start your own company, if not stick to your 80s model toyota camry, if your not going to buy a chrysler dont waste your time having an opinion on it, I have had many cars, toyota, mazda, ford, jaguar, mercedes, chrysler, all good cars, chrysler are just as good, so stop whining as you probably would not even know how to shine a tyre.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a step in the right direction, but could have been much better. The concept had much better definition on the lower grills, and the shape of the front bumper has been squished.

      That rear-end though is spot on perfection.

      So it's close... Let's hope they slightly fix it for the next model year... I mean, the regular Sebring is a fun car to drive. It is slightly boring, and if this has a nicer interior, (we haven't seen that yet, no?) it is definitely worth a look. Not to mention it has the slightly better engine than the last. (If you opt for the 3.6.)

      I like the new Chrysler. If this is the new Sebring, I can't wait to try it... (And the new 300.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler is trying hard to reinvent themselves from the ground-up. GM, on the other hand, doesn't feel they need to do anything differently.

      I say give Chrysler time and a chance. I am expecting good things from them with Fiat at the helm. I believe Marchionne has a very good understanding of our market as well as the direction it needs to head.

      If I were to place bets, I'd bet for Chrysler's future, and against GM's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're so full of crap your eyes are brown. GM hasn't changed at all? Last I checked GM wasn't marketing a 6-year old V8 RWD sedan based on a 15 year old platform. GM's also making a killing, as is Ford, on crossovers, which Chrysler gave up on apparently a few years ago. And the new Dodge truck, as good as it is, is still 3rd fiddle (only a year after coming out) in the Big 3 matchup. Cadillac is generating a lot of buzz around the DTS replacement and the CTS coupe and wagon. Chevrolet's got the Cruze and Volt. Buick's business in China is aces. Pontiac and Saturn are now nearly off their brand list. Chrysler's engine upgrades like the Pentastar V6 have come by far the slowest, whereas Ford and GM have been killing on powertrains lately.

        What exactly isn't GM doing, that Chrysler is, that puts Chrysler's future ahead of GM's? Seriously. I may sound like I want Chrysler to fail; I don't, but they are not moving like they care.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone stole some of the tooling for the new SAAB 9-5, and some for the around early 2000s generation of the Saturn/Opel/Vauxhall/Holden Astra, and then tried to piece together a ricer from that. Eeew! On top of that, seeing "Chrysler" in the headline and caption around the photos make me react with disbelief.
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