Two powertrains are available: a 3.6-liter V-6, with 295-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.4-liter inline-4 that produces 183-horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. A new 9-speed automatic transmission delivers about a 13-percent fuel economy gain, not to mention (hoped for) performance gains. The gearbox is controlled via an electronic Audi-like rotary knob shifter at the base of the center console.
Chrysler joins Audi, Subaru, Ford and Cadillac in offering all-wheel drive on its mid-size sedan. The 200 boasts 60 safety features—the most available in the segment and promises an estimated highway fuel economy of 35 mpg,
“The design of the 200 debuts the new face of Chrysler,” said Al Greenwald, president of Chrysler.
It’s an elegant, fluid, and understated design which is enhanced by LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps and tail lamps. The higher-end 200 S-model has exclusive gloss black trim and accents, dual exhaust, black wheels and sportier handling.
It shares a platform with the Dodge Dart, Jeep Cherokee, and Alfa Romeo Giulietta - and benefits from the tinkering that has been done to previous models in terms of fit and finish and powertrain refinement.
“This car is the result of what we learned working on those vehicles,” said Kathy Graham, a spokesperson for Chrysler. “Everything’s better.” It’s equipped with state of the art technology and available in distinct trim levels.
An imprint of the skyline of Motor City in the floormats emphasizes Chrysler’s slogan: Made in Detroit.
The 200's intended production plant has a 400,000-vehicle capacity and an energy consumption reduction of 62-percent from previous plants of this scale.
One veteran photo-journalist called the previous Chrysler 200 one of the three ugliest cars he had ever photographed.
The new 2015 Chrysler 200 is definitely not that car any longer.