The mid-size family car drops its old Mitsubishi underpinnings, utilising the Compact Wide platform shared with the smaller Dodge Dart as well as the newest Jeep Cherokee and the next-generation Alfa Romeo Giulia. Chrysler invested nearly $1 billion into their Sterling Heights, Michigan assembly plant for the all-new 200.
The 200 brings new technology and “iconic American design”, according to the company. Standard across the range is a nine-speed automatic transmission. Entry-level power comes from a 181bhp Tigershark 2.4-litre four cylinder engine, which features Fiat’s MultiAir valve technology. The optional 'Pentastar' 3.6-litre V6 puts out 291bhp. Both the petrol engines are naturally aspirated.
The chassis utilises a multi-link rear suspension setup with three available suspension settings. Only the V6 can be combined with an optional all-wheel drive system, but at least that traction-enhancing system so loved by American buyers can decouple the rear axle for fuel economy and emissions savings—a feature claimed by Chrysler to be a first in the segment.
Outside, you see the new face of Chrysler in the integrated grille and headlamps. The sportier 200S model swaps out the chrome exterior trim for gloss black, giving what Chrysler claims is a “darker, more sinister” look.
Inside, a rotary knob controls the transmission and luxuries such as ventilated seats, perforated Nappa leather, and a two-tone heated steering wheel are available. A unique centre console design features sliding cup holders, hiding a storage and charging area for mobile phones and iPods.