• Nov 13, 2010
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The Chrysler Sebring Convertible's days may be numbered, but it won't be long before we get a glimpse at its successor. According to Olivier Francois, president and chief executive officer of the Chrysler brand, the company will show off the droptop version of the 200 at the 2011 New York Auto Show. Details are minimal so far, but we fully expect to see the car boast either the 2.4-liter four-cylinder or an optional 3.6-liter V6 (or both). In its most powerful configuration, the 200 Convertible could boast as much as 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and given the timing, the car is likely to be a 2012 model.

Francois also revealed that Chrysler could begin implementing a new two-tone paint system for the 200 sometime soon. The trick would be similar to what is currently seen in the Lancia line, with the roof dipped in black paint and the lower realms slathered in white. The treatment certainly classes up vehicles like the Lancia Delta, but it also adds about 6 additional hours to the paint process. Momma never said looking good was easy.

The 2011 New York Auto Show kicks off on April 22.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      With 283 HP, the Sebring Convertible is finally interesting. Although now it's not even called a Sebring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You pour enough horsepower-sauce on and EVERYTHING looks better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More power is great if that power is going through the correct wheels and isn't destroying the F/R weight bias at the same time..

        For example, pretend that one could shoehorn a LSA into the Aveo engine bay. Massive power into a basic FWD drivetrain with even more weight in north of the front axle - it's inherently bad. Excessive torque steer would be a given, not to mention a F/R weight bias that's probably worse than I think it would be absolutely horrible to drive, particularly if the road weren't perfect and had any curves whatsoever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually thought the latest Sebring 'vert was a decent looker! W/the hardtop retractable, it was a decent chick car.

      Good alternative to the VW Eos.
      rjander03
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Sebring was such a joke of a car this one would have to change the world for Chrysler to get any credibility back. Something tells me that hasn't happened. I can't think of a worse car that sold at that price point in the past decade, can anybody else?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how they show every view in the press shots except the dead on side view. That's the one that really drives home the face-lifted nature of this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        so what? Anyone with a pulse and a solitary brain cell knew this was going to be a face-lifted Sebring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was viewing this article on my iPod touch and it didn't display the picture of the Sebring properly, stretched it vertically. And I thought to myself, "Wow! This would make an excellent small/midsize CUV!" Seriously, stretch the pic taller and you'll see a very handsome entry-luxury CUV. Looks better than the regular proportions of the Sebring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simply put, this monstrosity is fugly. Why would Chrysler design a car that looks like Hyundais of yore when the Hyundais of today are already miles ahead of the Chryslers from today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dakota, just saying that the styling, in my opinion, is severely lacking. As for a Hyundai look alike, you don't have to go much further back than the 2008 Accent: http://www.autospectator.com/cars/files/images/2008-Hyundai-Accent-20.jpg - many similarities with the rounded styling, the gaping maw in the front, etc. Just not that exciting when comparing to some of the newer sheetmetal bends including the new Sonata for comparison.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So which Hyundai are you speaking of then?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How did I miss this introduction of the Chrysler 200. *WANT* So hot. I'm going to trade my Bimmermobile in for this fine, two tone piece of Italo-American artistry. Magnificent. Everyone will be jealous of me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should stick with the sedan. If necessary introduce a coupe and take it from there. The convertible will just bring up memories of the sebring imho.

      Just my .02
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was referring to the latest Sebring Coupe btw.

        as for a possible 200 coupe, I wouldn't mind as long as it doesn't look like a sedan with two doors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bad advice; aside from performance cars nobody buys 2-door sedans or coupes. I mean, they had a Sebring Coupe and it was killed off 'cos nobody bought it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...they also had the Crossfire and that died because for a number of reasons including its being too small and the technology inside antiquated from an old CLK parts bin. and what's sad is, its a nice car - I see em every now and then.

        The 200C's new parts look great. It has a nicer front end than the new 300C, but its too easy to see the old Sebring in its silhouette. If this car had a reworked body and cost less than $25,000 it could compete with the Sonata and the Regal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. I think the new interior, drivetrain and refined exterior styling will transform this convertible into a better looking package than the new sedan. The main reason is the convertible's profile was not as bad looking and unfixable as the sedan with its awful C-pillar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car is as nasty as the previous model year.

        It only they changed the rear pillars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure this is a Budget Rent-A-Car request, not a retail customer request.

        I certainly hope this is better than the old Sebring convertible.

        Tho with out bad the predecessor was, it's extremely hard to imagine that any new version wouldn't be measurably better in every way.

        Still, being better than the absolute worst car I've driven in recent memory says very little about Chrysler or the Sebring or its coming replacement..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well maybe if it didn't look so awkward...

        I don't think FWD helped either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A lot of you whine about FWD. Get over it. There's nothing wrong with it for 99% of drivers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No body bought the Sebring coupe because it was a Sebring not because it was a coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, the worst thing about the Sebring coupe was that it was mostly a Mitsubishi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite an improvement over the Sebring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i am really looking forward to the new Chrysler. if they can boost their dependability as well, they just might make a comeback. it is going to take a lot of marketing in order to truly flip public perception. new models isn't enough... marketing marketing marketing..

      while i'm a ford man, i am definitely routing for chrysler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cdwrx: If by "flipping the quality switch" you mean Chrysler's attempts to improve quality ... well, such improvements didn't happen overnight. When Cerberus Capital Management was running Chrysler, they hired Doug Betts in 2007 to deal with such matters. Warranty claims decreased after he took over, but the old Chrysler business structure wasn't conducive to making significant improvements to its vehicles.

        It was only after the deal with Fiat SpA was finalized that Chrysler started to step up its attempts to improve quality, thanks to a new business structure and the people from Turin ordering Chrysler's plants to adopt their World Class Manufacturing system, which they created to solve similar problems in their own cars long ago (FIAT=Fix It Again, Tony).

        Also, Sergio Marchionne reached out to Chrysler's suppliers for their assistance in his endeavors to improve Chrysler's vehicles.

        While these efforts didn't come in time to improve their standing with Consumer Reports, with the sole exception of their recommendation of the Ram 1500, they should mark an important turning point where inferior quality vehicles will no longer be a problem for the Pentastar brigade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While anecdotes about how good a car is are nice, they're not a valid basis of judgment about a brand or model. General observations in the real world and *gasp!* statistics like those by Consumer Reports, JDPower, and others really tell the tale.

        Ford used to stink. Everybody knew it because lots of real world examples pointed to the trend despite exceptions and anecdotes to the contrary. The numbers unanimously agreed. (Some denied the validity of said numbers because the numbers disagreed with their opinion). Ford's actually really good now. Everybody (who's willing to forget the past just look around) knows that and (lo-and-behold!) The numbers agree (not much denying the numbers on Ford anymore but still on the Japanese makes... How odd.).

        At the end of the day, it's all about the numbers (from several sources) and a reasonably broad observation sample.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My dads 2001 dodge caravan that he used everyday for work was a champion 330,000km no problems except on its last year tranny started to slip. Still worked fine. He replaced it with 2010 dodge caravan. These van's are tough!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just can't see them flipping the quality switch just like that. I think Ford has shown a massive emphasis on quality and it's taken them about eight years to get where they are since they made the decision to seriously compete on quality. I expect they'll be a lot better, but so will everybody else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A new vehicle platform takes around four years to develop. A true commitment to quality has to be there at the very beginning, not just when it's screwed together on the assembly line. Quality is primarily a matter of proper design and materials. To say that Ford started in 2006 with the Fusion is not entirely accurate. They started at the very beginning of that platform's design (around 2002) to achieve what they have had with the last four years of production with that car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ cdwrx:

        actually, it's been less than 5 year since Ford started their overhall on quality. while the 2004 F150 was a revolution in the truck industry (in strength, style, quality, and luxury), that was the best vehicle Ford had at that time. The 2005 Mustang was hot, but quality was still only average.

        It was with the 2006 Fusion that Ford really made their move. this was the first car that made a a huge statement in its segment. then the Edge came and surprised the world. in the past 2 years, Ford has shocked the world with the new F150, Mustang, Fusion, Flex, Superduty, Fiesta, Edge and Explorer. All of their latest iterations are truly class leading vehicles. and that's just the Ford brand.. Lincoln has seen even more improvement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I haven't said anything good about a Chrysler product for quite some time but hell I like it! Very nice car and job well done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford brought back the Taurus name before introducing an all-new Taurus. Chevrolet brought back the Malibu name before introducing the new, actually competitive Malibu.

      The logic here is probably much the same. Chrysler has done some significant reengineering on the Sebring and the company needs to let the public know (and start goosing sales) *now*, not two years from now. When Chrysler introduces an all-new, Fiat-based 200 in 2012, the company will have no problem getting the word out. The blogs and buff books will be all over it. Changing the name first might not be the most honest approach, but it probably is a smart business decision.

      And there seems to be considerable confusion in this thread about the car we are looking at here. The advance photos that Autoblog is reprinting show the 200 sedan, not the coupe. So far we have no idea what the facelifted coupe will look like, although it presumably will pick up most of these styling cues.
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