When Chrysler rolled out the first-generation 200 to replace the Sebring range in 2010, it included replacements for both the sedan and the convertible. The Sebring Coupe, however, was left out of the mix. And now that the second-generation Chrysler 200 is descending upon us, Auburn Hills is paring things down even further. But this time, it's the convertible that reportedly isn't making the cut. Shame, too, since the rendering above shows what could have been quite an attractive droptop.

As our compatriots at Edmunds point out, sales of the convertible model accounted for less than five percent of overall Chrysler 200 sales, and at those numbers, the considerable cost of engineering a new drop-top couldn't be justified. With the Toyota Camry Solara and Volkswagen Eos also gone from the market (well, the VW isn't gone quite yet), the discontinuation of the Chrysler 200 Convertible leaves the affordable convertible segment largely to the sportier likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and smaller European offerings like the Mini Cooper and VW Beetle.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible isn't the only derivative being left behind with the new model: so too is the Dodge Avenger. That will leave a glaring hole in the Dodge lineup, with nothing to bridge the gap between the compact Dart and the larger Charger. Whether the Dodge brand has any plans to replace the Avenger with another model, not to be based on the 200, remains to be seen.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Platform sharing? Maybe Fiat will replace the Chrysler 200 convertible with a rebadged Ferrari California T convertible :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have the Sebring Convertible Limited 2008 with a hardtop. I love the one push of a button and the top goes down. With such great weather here in California, I have plenty of times to go topless. With the hardtop up the car looks just like coupe. The main thing I like about my Sebring is it has a LIFETIME warrantee. The only things I pay for is fluid changes, belts, hoses, brakes. If the engine, trans, a/c, starter, alternator, cpu , or switches don't work, the dealer will take care of it for FREE. I just had my rack and pinion steering replaced, the cruise control switch broke and a oil change for only $20. I am keeping this car for life!!!!!
      Britt Benston
      • 1 Year Ago
      Then L.A. tourists will have to pony up for a rental Mustang convertible.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not surprised at the decision on the convertible 200, though a Challenger version is still a possibility. You got the Avenger story all wrong though. The current Dodge Avenger production has ended and the new Avenger is deep into development,but it will not be based off the new Chrysler 200. Marchionne has already confirmed a new Avenger replacement for Dodge and SRT which will share a Rear Wheel Drive platform with Alfa Romero. The only question is will this new Avenger be capable of using the Hemi V-8 or an exotic twin turbo Pentastar V-6 even in the SRT. It is believed the Alfa Romeo will use a Maserati V-6 which is roughly based off the Chrysler Pentastar V-6. That would be my guess. Surprised you guys missed this clearly confirmed information about the upcoming Avenger. Now that Maserati engine in the SRT....OH MY !!!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I think that RWD Avenger replacement is going to kick butt!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Avenger will most likely be replaced with something based off the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Had a 1997 Sebring convertible. One warranty issue, otherwise now problems. Got top dollar for in 04 at 99,000 miles. Bought a loaded Pacifica. One warranty issue with the fuel tank, otherwise no problems. Lots of positive comments about it by owners of other crossovers. Got top dollar for it in Nov 2013 at 85,000miles. Bought a 300C Luxury Edition with a Hemi and all options but the engine heater. Best car I have ever owned by a wide margin. I really liked my 89 Lincoln LSC and 97 Cadillac STS but the 300 is just awesome. The positive comments we get from non Chrysler people is amazing. Bang for the bucks is equally impressive. Only really terrible car I ever had was a Mercedes 560 SEC. Practically needed a second mortgage to keep paying the dealer post warranty. However, these days I will look at almost any brand if the equipment spec and styling appeal to me.
      Michael Scherping
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad idea for Dodge. That's a pretty large gap.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe if Buick brings the Cascada Chrysler will rethink their decision. The 200 was the last coupe based on a sedan convertible, although it wasn't a great looking convertible. My favorite was the G6 hardtop convertible. Too bad GM had to go and kill Pontiac though..
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad, but not unexpected. I even recall predicting this myself in response to the new 200 announcement. Sad, I have one of the Sebring ragtops and it was overall a far superior car to the 200 convertible that replaced it, with better interior space and comfort, increased trunk room and really nice styling compared to the truncated and stubby 200s. Know this, I have had many Mopar raptops including a very rare '67 Imperial crown and a '63 Plymouth. I recall when Iacocca reintroduced the great American convertible back in the 1980s and now a chapter is closing on Chrysler. Perhaps one day they will re open it again. God Bless ya!
      • 1 Year Ago
      ;( Gee, I sure wish I hadn't sold my 57 Bel Air convertible.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sebring and I thinlk the 200 convertible was a hardtop convertible. Really nice. Too bad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not too surprised to hear about the Avenger's demise since they're allegedly looking to bestow the 200 with a broader array of ability that would've possibly made differentiating a successor a real pain.
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