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An Improved Droptop For The Cruise Ship Crowd

Chrysler Sebring Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's been a spate of vehicles given the roofless treatment since 2003, which helped keep registrations of convertibles growing since then. 2007 saw the trend reverse, though, with registrations of droptops sliding by 8.6 percent, says R.L. Polk & Company. Polk's folks contend that while there's now plenty of selection with fancy retractable hardtops, the economic slide is putting downward pressure on some luxury items. While it might be difficult to describe the ghastly petrochemical disa

Tim Beggs over at Planet Mopar dropped us a line saying that he caught the new Chrysler Sebring convertible out and about today. As seen here, the new droptop was still sporting its camo fore and aft, but now that we've seen the sedan, there's little mystery as to what's hidden underneath. The car Tim saw had its top down, and he snagged another photo showing the new interior that Tom LaSorda introduced us to back in June.

AutoExpress is reporting that Chrysler plans to unveil the coupe-cabrio version of its Sebring sedan at the Paris motor show next month. No word was given on whether Chrysler would be showing the soft-top version, hard-top or both, though. In Europe, the Sebring sedan and convertible will both be made available with Volkswagen's 136-bhp, 2.0-liter TDI engine to satisfy the diesel crazy European market.

The 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible has been caught on camera during testing, and as AutoWeek points out the new drop top shows more massaged sheetmetal than its flat-sided sedan sibling due out as a 2007 model. The Sebring sedan is slated to receive a trifecta of powerplants including the 2.4L four-cylinder World Engine, a standard and flex-fuel version of the 2.7L V6 and a high power 3.5L V6. No word on what engines will be available with the convertible, but we suspect the 2.4L four and the