• Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
  • Image Credit: Chris Doane Automotive
Chrysler is deep into testing for its next-generation 200 sedan, a new model that is utterly essential to the brand's continued health. The next iteration is tasked with wiping away anything reminiscent of the Sebring, which the current 200 is still based on. According to our spy, this is one of the first of the new 200s to wear a production body rather than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based mules that are thick on the ground in Auburn Hills.

Immediately apparent is that the new 200 ditches the awkwardly styled C-pillar that's typified four-door 200 sedans (and Sebrings before them) for years. The new, sleeker roofline is almost more of a four-door coupe than a traditional sedan, which hints that this new car will try to be more fashion-forward than its predecessor. The rear deck is set off by a sporty decklid spoiler, while a set of staggered rectangular exhaust pipes poke out of the bumper.

The front end appears sleeker, and we'd be lying if we didn't spy a bit of Dart through the camouflage, particularly with the headlights. A large, gaping lower air intake is visible, although our spy seems to think it'll shrink before production models debut. Whatever the new 200 ends up looking like, we expect to see a lot more of its styling from Chrysler in the coming years.

Under the hood will likely be the same pair of engines found in the Jeep Cherokee - a 2.4-liter, Tigershark four-cylinder and the 3.2-liter, Pentastar V6. Chrysler Group's new nine-speed automatic is expected to harness power across the engine range. Fuel efficiency, not surprisingly, will be paramount, with active grille shutters to improve the aerodynamics.

Production for the next-generation 200 is expected to start in February or March, with a January debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.


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      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its profile is very jellybean-like...
      Dave318
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to contradict Chris Doane, but Allpar.com had the first shots of the Chrysler 200 a week ago... http://www.allpar.com/cars/chrysler/200/2015.html Definitely the same car.
        fuzzyfish6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave318
        That's a rendering...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave318
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          MAX
          • 1 Year Ago
          They're supposed to be different cars. This Chrysler will be the Lancia front wheel drive twin and the Dodge will be more Alfa Romeo based rear wheel drive. They also are going to keep the present Avenger in production as a price leader until the new Dodge comes out. Sergio doesn't want anymore twins.
          MAX
          • 1 Year Ago
          The Charger and 300 wouldn't sell like they do if they were front drive. Having the only rear wheel drive car in the segment surely would differentiate it and Dodge in general. The rear wheel drive thing has worked out for the stronger luxury brands like BMW and it's imitators.
          • 1 Year Ago
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      Roger
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not liking the large front overhang on this one, but I'll reserve judgment till we see the final version. I wish Chrysler would bring back the 'cab forward" look of the 90s. It yielded some very attractive cars. A version of these, combined with styling updated to 2013, would be a big hit if properly executed.
      Josh
      • 1 Year Ago
      " with a January debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show." In addition to the engine specs, did Fiat happen to go into the type of plutonium the flux capacitor gets that would allow time travel? :)
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a bigger Dart. Oddly enough, the profile reminds me of the Ford Taurus before it was replaced by the first gen Fusion. Has that egg shape about it. With the heavy camo there is really no way to discern much more from the pics. I remember reading that when dealers were given a preview of the new 200 they all said it was going to be the best looking in the market. Which is saying something since there are some very attractive mid-size cars out there. Looking forward to seeing more detailed pictures and renderings.
      kal_elkal
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's debuting in January, it can't really be the 2013 Auto show, can it?
      fuzzyfish6
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's some good camo, you can't see anything!
      Suzq044
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what i "see" in the rear-angle view; i am guessing on the lights, and the plate placement. http://i42.tinypic.com/2a9qq9t.jpg < - quick sketch-over, but i think it'll look alright.
        mylz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Suzq044
        Nice sketch, but I hope Chrysler does not go down to Hyundai level and copy the Sonata... Cannot stand that Hyundai takes other designs and smashes them together and then calls is fluid design
      mcan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure but I'm like seeing the new Corolla mixed with the Maserati Ghibli and the Dart The huge front that looks like a Corolla and the roof line looking like Ghibli while small details you can see through the camouflage gives the car more of a Dart feeling
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not exactly an elegant form, but certainly in the same ball park as competitors. Can't wait to see its reveal!
        Bill Burke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        You got to be kidding me! It's content and the small details that will impress, not test mules. You can see all that that in these photographs and draw such broad conclusions. I'm sure you must have X-Ray vision.
      roadhazzard11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda looks like a bloated Civic in camo
      NK
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has dual exhaust tips, so you know it is going to be good.
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