2013 200S Convertible test drive
The Chrysler 200 Convertible convertible started production in early 2011, with upgrades similar to those enjoyed by the 200 sedan. The entire vehicle was revisited, retuned, and upgraded, from engine to seats.
Canadians can also buy an LX model, which has a standard four speed transmission that can be optioned up to a six speed, and a 200 S model, with numerous styling changes. Europeans can get a fully loaded Lancia Flavia soft-top version, (in the US, the hard top costs around $2,000 more) and the 2.4 liter four-cylinder — no V6 (thanks, Karl Oellinger), despite the 4,000-pound weight.
Seats were completely changed, with new spring geometry and new cushion materials and design. A larger lit storage bin joins the lit glove box, floor console, and other areas. Features (some optional) included lighted cup holders, auxiliary audio jack, and remote start.
Suspension dampers were retuned using advanced damper valving technology, providing more control without degrading comfort; redesigning the front suspension cradle isolators cut shake on uneven road surfaces; while revised front strut mounts brought better isolation and less impact noise on rough surfaces. The car was lowered 12 mm in front and 6 mm in back for better steering response; in addition, the torsion bar and intermediate shaft isolator rates were increased for a more precise feel.
The new exterior included LED taillamps, LED running lights, and new wheels; while the four cylinder engine carries forward (with a standard six-speed automatic), the suspension was redesigned and the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 with 283 horsepower (260 lb-ft) replaced the old 2.7 liter V6... with better gas mileage. — 19 city, 29 highway ratings. The four cylinder, ironically, has a lower gas mileage rating of 18 city, 29 highway.
With the V6, Chrysler was quoting 0-60 times of under 7 seconds.
Standard safety features included active head restraints, electronic stability control with traction control and Brake Assist, front-seat-mounted side air bags, side-curtain air bags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). Uconnect® Voice Command was optional. Another standard feature were the bright bi-function halogen projector automatic headlamps with LED light pipe accents, and LED taillamps. Even the base model had 17 inch aluminum wheels and audio controls on the wheel.
Starting at $32,490, the Chrysler 200 S had unique exterior styling, including a unique front grille, Chrysler badge with a black background, body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps, and 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and "S" badging. The V6 was standard.
Inside, the 200S has a perforated leather steering wheel cover; heated leather front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered "S" on the front head rests; suede door trim bolsters; a black headliner; and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center with Uconnect® voice command.
The Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring started at $27,195, with the four-cylinder 2.4 liter engine and a six-speed automatic (a V6 is optional). Standard features included cloth seats (six-way power driver and front- passenger seats with manual driver seat lumbar adjust); telescoping, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated controls for audio, speed control and optional handsfree phone; leather-wrapped shifter knob; automatic temperature control; cabin air filter; rearview mirror with reading lamps; satellite/CD stereo with six speakers; tire-pressure monitor display; Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer and compass; power windows and locks; remote keyless entry; trunk mat; and 17-inch aluminum wheels with premium tires.
Options included a handsfree phone; Media Center 730 touchscreen, 30 gigabyte HDD/CD/DVD/MP3 radio; Cold Weather Group; Smoker’s Group and engine block heater.
In 2012, some differences/upgrades were available on the Touring to Canadians. These included the 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 with 283 hp, 6-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, power top and windows down on key fob, heated front seats, six-way power driver/front passenger seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, dual exhaust with bright tips, Sirius Satellite Radio with one-year subscription, six speakers, remote start, automatic temperature control, automatic headlamps, premium fog lamps, EVIC/trip computer, tire pressure monitoring display, hard tonneau cover, front and rear tinted solar glass.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 Limited started at $31,990, and had a standard V6 and six-speed automatic, for best-in-class V-6 horsepower and good highway fuel economy.
The Limited added to the Touring: leather heated front seats; remote start; Media Center 730 touchscreen, 30 gigabyte HDD/CD/DVD/MP3 radio; handsfree phone; stereo USB port; auto-dimming rearview mirror; garage door opener; windscreen (for back-of-the-next drafts); projector fog lamps; bright exterior mirrors and door handles; bright ront door sill scuff pads*; UConnect Voice Command with Bluetooth*; dual chrome-tip exhaust; new 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and touring tires.
Options included a retractable hardtop with trunk liner; premium cloth heated front seats; Boston Acoustics sound system; Media Center 730N touchscreen 30 gigabyte HDD/DVD/CD/MP3/Navigation radio; smoker’s group and engine block heater.
oh2o wrote that the 200 Convertible would launch at around $27,200, which would be around $650 less than the 2010 Sebring Convertible. The Limited model is to sell for around $32,000. It will come with the Pentastar V6 engine at 283 horsepower, dual chrome exhaust tips, heated leather seats, fog lamps, and 18 inch polished aluminum wheels. [He was right.]
In both soft and hard forms, the Karmann power convertible top folds in three sections and automatically latches. Owners could drop the top with a switch on the instrument panel, or with the press of the button on the key fob. The soft top took about 27 seconds to raise or retract, while the hard top took 30 seconds. An automatic hard tonneau cover concealed the top stowage area when the convertible top is down. When either the hard or soft top is stowed, the trunk has plenty of cargo space.
“Smart Glass” protected the top weather strips and window seals in the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible. The system works by lowering the windows slightly whenever the convertible top is lowered or when the doors are opened or closed. When the door handle is pulled, the 200 Convertible’s Smart Glass lowers the window 0.4 inches, which allows the door to open without resistance or damage to the window or top weather strips. The window remains in this slightly lower position until the door is closed, at which point the glass rises completely to fully close the gap.
There have been numerous quality problems with the Karmann tops on the first generation; whether these have been worked out, we do not know.
The Canadian base LX had the four-cylinder engine and four speed automatic with optional six speed automatic. It had 17 inch aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped shifter, power heated mirrors, doors, and windows, cruise, and power cloth top, all standard.
The four cylinder produced 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) of torque, and, aside from being paired with a six cylinder automatic, appeared to be largely unchanged.
The Indiana-made 62TE six-speed automatic transaxle was developed by building on the four-speed automatic; it added two new primary gear ratios and a secondary ratio for passing at highway speeds. The six-speed automatic transaxle provided quicker standing-start acceleration because of a numerically higher first-gear ratio. A more robust differential requires less torque management. Smaller steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed doesn’t change as often with each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio provide a quiet ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds. The gear ratios of the six-speed transmission allow the engine to work more efficiently at lower speeds, providing the foundation for a spirited driving experience.
Interior changes included completely re-engineered seats, soft-touch materials, a larger, illuminated storage bin, and LED-illuminated glove compartment, console, door handles, map pockets, cup-holders, and foot wells. Standard safety features included an alarm, side airbags, and four-wheel ABS disc brakes.
Hill Start Assist helps drivers when starting the Chrysler 200 Convertible from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released
Uconnect Navigation combines the features of a global positioning system (GPS), points of interest, SIRIUS Traffic and voice command. Chrysler Group’s voice command and touchscreen allow easy operation. If the 200 Convertible is in motion, voice command will recognize three languages and is capable of learning words for inputting addresses. The robust points of interest database make it easy to find nearby restaurants, shopping, hospitals or other local destinations. Drivers are able to avoid traffic jams with SIRIUS Traffic.
Uconnect Phone is an in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to talk on a Bluetooth compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The built-in phone book’s sync feature automatically downloads as many as 1,000 phone book entries from supported phones, which can then be selected by simply saying the contact name.
Colors for 2011 were Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Pearl Coat, Black, Sapphire Crystal Metallic Clear Coat or Tungsten Silver Metallic Clear Coat (late availability).
For 2011, the cloth soft top was available in Pebble Beige or Black. The retractable hardtop was in body color. Interior choices for the 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible were Black or Black with Light Frost Beige, both in cloth or leather.
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