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New Chrysler 200 drops its old underpinnings for new platform; goes on sale in the spring

The Chrysler 200 has been revealed at the Detroit motor show. It will go on sale in the spring and continues Chrysler’s growing relationship with Fiat.

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. 

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Driving 16 February 2014

shark? rather like the front style

an engine called tigershark???? what happened to those cool names engines from FIAT like superfire
Overdrive 16 February 2014

Surprisingly nice looking!

Doesn't especially look Korean to me, but the rear and profile definitely have shades of some Audi or rather. Nose looks quite distinctive though.

Overall a pretty good effort inside and out. Let's hope the driving experience matches the aesthetics.

MiddlemanJ 15 February 2014

Chrysler finally coming out with a proper car

After all these years of being in languish this looks like a promising product. Obviously Chrysler has learned a thing or two from the design rulebook of some of the more successful competitors such as Audi, Ford and Kia and has studied it hard. Not only have they seemingly vastly improved their design and production processes, but they have probably been a little 'honest' about where their design efforts had gone before. The older car designs were never a real favourite amongst the buying crowd and I am glad they had acknowledged that.

What they must do now, is build up on the momentum this new product would bring. Apart from possible offering for fleet use (which would bring them massive revenues), they must try to protect general residual values with a quality and solid product, service network and personnel, and warranties, which have NOT traditionally been Fiat's strong points in Europe. Having been under Mercedes ownership, Chrysler should by now know a thing or two that quality breeds loyalty and longevity. If it wants to survive in the larger world (along with Lancia/Fiat Group) in places like China/Asia and South America where humidity can really push a product to its limits (something where Japanese and Korean cars excels), these are values it must bring to its products and management culture...