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Speaking with Wards Auto at this year's Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles said that the next-generation Chrysler 200 will launch a whole new styling direction for the brand when it arrives for the 2014 model year. Gilles did not reveal any specific design cues or elements that will be found on the next 200, only saying that the new car "shares no surface language with any previous Chrysler we've ever seen."

Indeed, the current 200 isn't exactly setting the world on fire with any sort of clever, emotive design, but Gilles knows that. "The current Chryslers on the road today certainly don't reflect where we're headed," he told Wards Auto. Instead, Gilles said that "we are deviating from where we are today, completely. It's a very different feeling (and) look."

The launch of the new Chrysler 200 will officially mean the death of its Dodge Avenger counterpart, though Gilles says that the company is working on an all-new product to replace that vehicle down the road. Still, Chrysler will need a successful player in the popular midsize segment, and Gilles fully expects the new 200 to be up to the task. "I think it's going to be a beautiful and relevant vehicle."


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      Matthew Dawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog posts an article about an upcoming vehicle and posts pictures of the current car because it's relevant to what they're talking about. Half (or more) of the commenters then claim how this "new" car is made of fail and looks like it's five years old....because it is. This happens frequently enough that I just come to expect it now. All that aside, now I'm curious. I thought the "real" 200 was going to look like the 200C concept they showed off a couple of years back, but this seems to suggest that they've now settled on a different kind of design altogether. The Avenger does need to be replaced with something, but I'm not sure I like the idea of that replacement being a crossover as has been suggested other places.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew Dawson
        It does make sense to have the Avenger be something else, since most Chrysler dealers combine Chrysler and Dodge redundant models are kinda pointless. That said, I'd probably suggest doing a flashy sedan like a Passat CC instead of a crossover. They've already got a lot of crossovers.
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2009 200C concept was a winner in my mind. If they can build a car anything like that, it's going make a lot of waves within the industry. As for the Dodge Avenger, honestly I don't think they need a replacement at all. Instead I would suggest improving the Dart by giving it AWD. Dodge already has the Challenger which fills the Avenger's coupe niche. The Charger fills the sedan niche.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not like Chrysler can propel forward with a decades-solid reputation for reliability, refinement, dealer service, resale value, or conversational credibility among car guys. Lets just be honest. But Chrysler *design* has long been impressive. Look back at the original Concorde / Intrepid, or the 1999-era Cirrus, LHS, and the current 300 and Charger: All of these designs have an elegance and presence...a strong, emotional "BAM!" factor that few rivals can touch. I have faith in Chrysler, based on design alone.
      kagroyalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current Avenger/200 were stop gaps until new models were released. I think Chrysler did an outstanding job trying to keep the cars somewhat "fresh" until that happened. Hopefully it will look like the concept on Allpar.com. The Avenger will change or be discontinued as these cars are cannibalizing Dart sales. Chrysler is aware of this and I feel they are smart enough to fix it
      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 200 was set to replace the Sebring in 2009 before the cashflow issues/bankruptcy delayed it. It's too bad too, it was a heck of a car. Let's hope this new one is up to the task. Here's a link to the 2009: http://www.allpar.com/cars/concepts/chrysler/200C.html
        FunT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        That is not right. The 200C concept was a car they planned on introducing down the road, and it's success was actually a surprise. The current 200 was the result of a crash improvement project on the original Sebring, which had been introduced only 3 years before, a victim of ungainly architecture, poor design and cheap materials. The 200 was actually the baby of Cerebus, as was the current 300 and Grand Cherokee. FIAT did have some input on last minute changes, specifically interior design and materials, but they were definately not the ones who designed the 200, 300, GC, or Durango. The Dodge Dart is the first true "Fiat" Chrysler design, and the new 200 is being built on that architecture.
      DyanRucar
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's up to those such as ourselves to maintain a critical eye on our domestic manufacturers. That said, I want to see Chrysler do well. Gilles and Sergio have this is the bag.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like Ralph Gilles. He seems so personable. When he talks about Chrysler Corp products, it comes off as if its just him and a small skunkworks of guys that are directly accountable for everything they produce, not some huge Corporation.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a sinking feeling about Gilles's comment regarding the upcoming 200 where it: "shares no surface language with any previous Chrysler we've ever seen" Could he be talking about some kind of Honda Cross Tour / BMW X-6 type abomination? I have read rumors of FIAT wanting to replace one midsize Chrysler or Dodge sedan with a crossover.
        AngeloD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Also: remember how Bill Press described the last (final) generation Sebring (the one with hood strakes) as \"achingly beautiful\"?
      iamderekw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gilles has been consistently one of the best hires in automotive history over the last few decades, I hope he keeps up his winning ways.
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      If their new design tone is Ugly, they've achieved it.
        StugotsElf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @csrecord
        Those photos are of the old one. If your tone is Halfwit, you've achieved it.
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kia called, they want their 2005 grill back.
      Ray Tings
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do people read anymore? The article says the next-generation 200 will inspire future models, NOT the model that's pictured above. I look forward to seeing the 2014 model soon...
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