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.