The Chrysler 200 will be getting a complete redesign for the 2014 model year, and as a last hurrah for the current model, Chrysler plans to unveil this sporty-looking version of the sedan at the New York Auto Show. Chrysler and Carhartt, a clothing company headquartered in the Detroit area, are already collaborating on a new "Imported from Detroit" fashion line, and now the two companies are working together to create the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.

Starting off with the S package that already includes darker headlight- and taillight- housings, this new styling package actually does a pretty good job spicing up the 200's lines with more aggressive front and rear fascias, platinum exterior accents, body-color rocker panel extensions and gloss black 18-inch wheels. The new front fascia will have a lower chin spoiler and a mesh black grille that features Chrysler's logo prominently centered (standard 200 models feature the logo in the top edge of the grille). Matching the look of the front end, Chrysler has improved the rear styling of the 200 with a decklid spoiler and a fascia that includes a blacked-out diffuser and integrated dual exhaust outlets.

Inside is where Carhartt has contributed, with black, water-resistant fabric on the seats, while other upgrades include numerous gray or black trim pieces replacing most of the 200's shiny chrome bits. The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition goes on sale shortly after its New York introduction, and it will have a starting price of $28,870 (excluding destination charge). You can read more about the 200 S Special Edition in the press release posted below.
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Legendary Detroit Companies Carhartt and Chrysler Team Up to Introduce a Car that Personifies Hard Work and Rugged Perseverance – the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition Mid-size Sedan

-2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition accelerates the successful relationship with Carhartt which started with an exclusive made in the USA Carhartt/Imported from Detroit clothing line in November
-With more than 210 years combined manufacturing and business experience in greater Detroit, Carhartt and Chrysler know the value of hard work and ingenuity
-Storied Detroit-based outfitter Carhartt collaborated on the interior design and materials featured in the 200 S Special Edition in celebration of the values of hard work and perseverance, traits both companies personify
-Carhartt "Imported from Detroit" clothing available to consumers in Carhartt factory stores, carhartt.com and via ifdstore.com
-One-of-a-kind exterior and interior appointments build on the success of the popular "S" packages that since introduced in 2010 have focused on a more aggressive and sporty appearance
-2013 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition has a starting U. S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $28,870 (excluding destination) and will be featured at the New York International Auto Show which is open to the public March 29 – April 7


Auburn Hills, Mich. , Mar 21, 2013 - Hard work, perseverance, determination, never letting go of your dreams – all values that could describe Carhartt and Chrysler. These Detroit-based leaders in their industry have all persisted through good times and bad and continue to achieve the dreams they set out to accomplish.

More than 120 years ago, Hamilton Carhartt established his apparel company in Detroit and has continuously delivered enduring apparel that respects the hard-earned dollars of America's industrious men and women. Standing for rugged construction, innovative design and exceptional standards of quality, durability and comfort, Carhartt work wear has become a legend among America's skilled tradesmen and craftsmen. And no brand makes more rugged workwear in the U.S. than Carhartt. Today, the company remains privately held to ensure its founder's mission is carried through in every garment it produces. Carhartt is a supporter of a variety of Detroit area charities and cultural activities including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Empowerment Plan, whose goal is to help the homeless in Detroit.

Chrysler was founded by the legendary Walter P. Chrysler in 1925. In the ensuing 88 years the brand has created legendary vehicles including the Imperial, Airflow and 300 and lesser known items like tanks, operating the only U.S. tank facility in Detroit from 1960 – 1980. The company continues to have a strong presence in the city of Detroit, manufacturing the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and SRT Viper at plants located in the city. The Chrysler Foundation continues to be a major supporter of educational and charitable activities within the City of Detroit as well as around the country.

Today the two Detroit stalwarts announce their collaboration on the new 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition. The special edition model celebrates the traits that both companies share – hard work, ingenuity, perseverance and a "never say die" attitude. With a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $28,870, the 200 S Special Edition brings style and customization in the mid-size sedan market to a whole new level.

"The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition celebrates a never-say-die attitude and the value of hard work with a car unlike any other in the marketplace," said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The 200 S Special Edition makes the statement that world-class quality and craftsmanship can be designed and developed in the Motor City, and embraced by consumers everywhere."

The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition, powered by the award-winning, best-in-class 283
horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine, offers drivers and passengers a sinister style with rugged
appointments complements of Chrysler and Carhartt's knowledge and expertise.

The Special Edition is borne from the successful Chrysler 200 "S" packages which have brought a younger buyer to the Chrysler brand. The Chrysler 200 S packages offer customers a unique, more menacing style together with an incredible amount of standard features including 18-inch aluminum wheels with polished face and dark painted pockets, perforated leather wrapped steering wheel, premium leather seats, Boston Acoustic premium sound system and much more. The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 Special Edition builds on the S package with a little more attitude and additional standard features rewarding hard working customers with a well-crafted, well-equipped mid-size sedan at a great value.

The Chrysler 200 S Special Edition stands out in the mid-size sedan segment with unique exterior features that will catch the attention of both drivers and passengers. The exterior of the Special Edition sets the stage with a new gloss black mesh grille accented with a platinum chrome grille collar, a lower front fascia in platinum black and platinum chrome fog light "spears" giving the 200 S Special Edition a more menacing stance. A sport suspension rewards the driver with a responsive, exciting driving experience.

Body color sill cladding, platinum chrome belt molding and semi-gloss black wheels comprise the unique profile view.

At the rear of the vehicle, a body color decklid spoiler, platinum chrome light bar, rear valance with polished, fascia-mounted exhaust tips, unique "S" and black "200" badges complete the distinctive exterior style of the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.

The interior of the Chrysler 200 S Special Edition was designed in collaboration with Carhartt. As the premier producer of best-in-class apparel for the active worker since 1889, Carhartt has set a standard of excellence for sturdy yet stylish apparel that still stands today. Those values are the similar to the values Walter P. Chrysler had when he founded Chrysler in 1925.

"Our design teams were able to work collaboratively to reflect the heritage of both brands, first with
the 'Imported From Detroit' line of apparel and now with the Chrysler 200 S Special Edition," said
Mark Valade, Carhartt CEO. "The vehicle is understated in its levels of sophistication which
authentically mirrors our brand."

The interior features a water-resistant fabric in black that was selected by Carhartt, with the signature Carhartt triple stitching seat accents in diesel gray. Diesel gray accent stitching on the steering wheel, armrests and center console carry the theme throughout the cabin. Black painted finishes adorn the air vents, gear shift, front cup holders and steering wheel buttons round out the exclusive interior appointments featured on the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.

Production of the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition begins in the second quarter 2013. The Chrysler 200 S is built in the United States at Chrysler Group LLC's Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The 200 S Special Edition will be upfitted at Chrysler Group LLC's upfit center in Warren (Mich.).

The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition will be featured at the New York International Auto Show March 29 – April 7.

In addition to the Chrysler 200 S Special edition vehicle, Chrysler and Carhartt have collaborated on an "Imported From Detroit" line of clothing. It is a collection of iconic outerwear, tops and pants with exclusive design detailing like blacked out hardware and leather brand labels. A limited edition version is available in each style and is individually hand-numbered from 1 to 200. The limited edition outerwear pieces feature a map of Detroit screen printed on the coats interior lining.

About Carhartt, Inc.:
Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with approximately 4,400 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company's founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.

About the Chrysler Brand:
The spirit of hard work. Earning your place without forgetting where you're from. That's what the Chrysler brand and its vehicles are all about. Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan, the 2013 Chrysler 300 sedans offer world-class innovation and quality while delivering stylistic distinction and premium features with legendary value. Chrysler's 200 sedan inspired the brand's identity: "Imported from Detroit." The 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan delivers exceptional value without compromise with sophisticated design, high-quality craftsmanship, and technology. The Chrysler 200 Convertible - with a power soft or hardtop - offers an open-air experience featuring elegant craftsmanship. The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is beautifully crafted with high-quality, soft-touch materials and tech-savvy entertainment features and smart storage. Standard leather Stow 'n Go® seating, overhead DVD, and more than 40 safety and security features are some of the Town & Country's innovative offerings.


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      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks more imported from PEP boys.
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      $28,870 for an outgoing model when the 2014 is almost here? Is Chrysler kidding? That's more money than the actually redesigned Accord in the EX-L trim...the one with lane departure, rearview camera, side camera, internet connectivity with your smartphone, power seats, the split grain leather interior, and 30mpg combined fuel economy. Sure, the V6 version of the EX-L is $30K but which lunatic would buy a crazy outdated design from Chrysler to save $1000.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        How is this an outdated design with a Pentastar motor that is a 3 year old design and a brand new transmission? And, why is Honda\'s brand new DI motor and brand new CVT preferable to a 200 with 2-3 years of very good marks for reliability? Honda is prone to quality issues on new motors and transmissions. I wouldn\'t be suprised to hear of nightmare quality issues with a brand new Honda CVT and DI motor as with the 2013 Accord.
      kargi
      • 1 Year Ago
      For something to be imported, it has to from another country .. I don't get this advertising in the USA .. WHO IS BUYING INTO THIS BS??? Now if you had the logo MADE IN USA.. which most of the parts are not .. then I would be impressed
      Dick Trickle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lipstick on a pig
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'd have to be pretty "special" alright to fork up almost $30k for that.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn. I had no idea a 200 could look so good. I generally hate the thing, but this is actually... nice!
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's amazing what Chrysler did with a few dollars for the 200. There are still some lingering styling weaknesses, but with the refresh, the Pentastar V-6 and some smart marketing, it is one of the success stories in the domestic auto industry. Most importantly, clearly, it proved decisively that the public is eager, receptive and wide open to a mid size Chrysler and the next generation 200 could be a major success for Chrysler. What Chrysler can do with some Italian assistance for this market segment is mind boggling. Sedans, coupes, convertibles, AWD, turbos, twin turbos, nine speed automatics, the list is long, achievable and available. How well Chrysler handles the 200 is critical, but the potential is huge and darn exciting.
      JHOFF
      • 1 Year Ago
      why didnt Chrysler do this from the start?
        LXbuilder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JHOFF
        Because they were owned by the penny pinching thieves from Stuttgart when the car was originally developed, that's why.
          jlauth
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LXbuilder
          It's unfortunate that most dont realize this. Diamler truly stuck it to Chrysler, and made their vehicles cheap...all while strengthening their yuppie brand...Mercedes!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice effort from Chrysler. The 200 has a very nice interior to begin with with good quality materials and soft touch plastics throughout and this enhances even that. With the Pentastar v6 this car is quick, and the new 8 speed transmissions put it well ahead of the Altima and Accord with thier CVTs. Consumer Reports gives it pretty good marks for reliability also, much higher than average. People who knock these cars apparantly have never been in one, or enjoy trolling AutoBlog.
        ZOZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        That's funny; for me the 200 interior is the deal breaker. I mean a 100 piece-dash does not give any upscale feeling!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'll be the envy in ghetto neighborhoods across America!
      Circ
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Sebring has come a long way.
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