Autoweek reports the next Chrysler 200 will bow early next year. CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the 2015 model will debut next January, and Chrysler plans to cut the 2014 200 model year short to make way for the model's successor. According to AW, internal documents reveal 2014 model production will start this July and run through early January, 2014. The memos don't specify whether its Dodge Avenger twin will also see a shortened model year (the latter was originally rumored for discontinuation, but a successor is apparently back on the table). Chrysler is investing some $1 billion to construct paint and body facilities at its Sterling Heights, Michigan plant for the next-generation 200.

From what we've heard so far, we can expect the 2015 200 to bring a new design language to the Chrysler brand that will eventually bleed into the automaker's other products. Early reports have also suggested the four door will boast a nine-speed automatic transmission and return up to 38 miles per gallon.

Chrysler executed a very successful facelift in 2011, turning the flailing Sebring into the newly minted 200. Buyers responded enthusiastically, with sales jumping 44 percent in 2012. That step up was enough to make the 200 the brand's best-selling car. The momentum hasn't slackened, either, with sales up 21 percent during the first two months of this year.


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      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember seeing a newly releast photo of the Sebring and when I saw what a hot mess it was I was flabbergasted. Chrysler had just released the 300 and Crossfire. The Sebring was so much worse than the model/gen it replaced. Fiat did a good job turning a pig into something better. But to become relevant they have to bring their A-game. That market is crowded with good cars.
      Ace Convoy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My friend/ride home has one of these, and it is a really nice car. But It will always be a Sebring. No matter how you look at it it, refreshed Sebring. I miss the Sebring name actually cause this is what I expected to see. The 200 is very cool as a refreshed Sebring.
      carney373
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the 200, and it is neck-and-neck with the 2010-2012 Ford Fusion on my list of what car to buy soon. My requirements are: four doors (sedan), preferably American, at least somewhat streamlined and sporty looking, not crazy expensive, and flex fueled so I can run it on American origin alternative fuel whenever I can but still be able to fall back on gasoline if I have to.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious to see where they go with the next generation, design wise. The current car only seems to appeal to folks of a particular demographic, which is fine, but Chrysler needs to broaden the 200's appeal if they want it to be a real player in this segment.
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      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rented one a couple weeks ago, was surprise how loud it was inside and how much noise the engine made from the inside of the cabin. At least the backseat was roomy,
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        They rent them in South Korea? Seems you didnt get the memo that the 200 is one of the quietest-interior cars you can buy. Post Fail on your part. Only thing you\'re missing is a plug to some POS Hyundai....
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        you normally drive from the back seat? that says a lot ...
        Brian P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        I hated the rental 200 that I had for a few days a month or two ago, but noise level was certainly not one of my complaints.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Though it is hardly an ideal car, I still think the magic act they pulled in turning the embarrassingly awful, miserably styled Sebring into the overall pleasant 200 deserves a medal. It is one of the most successful and cost-effective same-shell reinventions of a simply terrible predecessor that I can remember. It is not going to compete with the Fusions or Accords, but presents a decent level of value and comfort for a lot of people. I'm sure they will do much better with a clean-sheet model.
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Indeed, they turned what had to be one of the worst vehicles ever made into...a Chrysler 200. I suppose it's a fine time to run an Enterprise or Avis franchise, but they definitely still have a lot of work to do if they're going to make a competitor of this also ran.
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        Finklestein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ BD "Never has been a big retail seller, and never will......" Are you talking about the car or the company?
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          @Finklestein
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        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        Car sold 144K units last year, a 44% improvement.
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          @Street King
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          @Street King
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        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        No doubt, the people I know that actually drive this is because their company provides them as a company fleet.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        Just because it doesn't sell like the appliance that is the Corolla doesn't mean it doesn't sell. I see 200s on a semi-regular basis.
      airchompers
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best of luck to Chrysler. I bet one of the worst jobs in the world is being the product manager for a midsize sedan in America. Here's a list of the competition (in no particular order): Toyota Camry Honda Accord Mazda 6 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Golf (4 door) Ford Fusion Chevy Malibu Hyundai Sonata Kia Optima Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy Toyota Prius Fundamentally, all of these cars are solid and there are compelling reasons to buy each one. I hope that Chrysler understands that its success depends on bringing new customers to the brand, and that the quality of their products will be scrutinized much more than products from companies with a more solid reputation for quality. So, I hope Chrysler is up to the task of winning in this competitive market. A gorgeous design would help, but it had better be compelling. Good luck, Chrysler. You'll need it.
        Nickoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @airchompers
        NOt a single one of those is RWD. If Chrysler goes RWD with it or the upcoming midsize dodge, they'll have people lining up out the door to buy them.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @airchompers
        >Toyota Prius >Volkswagen Golf (4 door) The Golf is a hatchback. The Prius is a liftback.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another Neon so soon?
      Brent Booth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler has major potential to make something great - their lineup is compelling and fresh. The 200 is monumental to their success so I have high hopes it will be a bold and well executed model.
      Fat man
      • 1 Year Ago
      i hope this car will compete in the ATS, 3 series, A4, etc.......i would love to see chyrsler start competing in the luxury segment like cadillac has........i see them doing it more then lincoln can on the direction they are going
        hp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fat man
        Isn't this more of a Accord/Camry/Altima type competitor?
          Fat man
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hp
          yes, but cars change....look at the CTS about to come out in NY autoshow.....once a car nobody thought would be taken serious against the German 3 and now people cant wait for it to come out....me being one of them....you never knows until it hits the market
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hp
          Competition for the Audi A4? You're expecting way too much. Doesn't even compete with Lexus, Acura or Infiniti.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hp
          marchingcav: just because the platform supports AWD does NOT mean it automatically qualifies as a contender to the A4.
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