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2011-2014 Chrysler 200 and 200 S cars

2011 Chrysler 200

Chrysler officially unveiled the Chrysler 200 sedan on October 12, 2010; the Chrysler 200 Convertible was shown at the end of the year. Both will be replaced in the 2015 model year, but in the meantime, they’re being sold at high-value prices.

The Chrysler 200, like the Dodge Avenger, comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine; most cars have a six-speed automatic, but the cheapest trim line has a four-speed automatic. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic was planned but never came.

To create the Chrysler 200 out of the ashes of the Chrysler Sebring, the company stiffened the body mounts, changed the suspension geometry, raised the roll center, changed the rear sway bar and tires, upgraded noise reduction (including acoustic glass for the windshield and front windows), and softened the ride rate.

chrysler 200 cars

Interior updates included a new instrument panel, bezels and gauge face, upgraded seats with a new design that incorporated more cushion material and revised spring geometry as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, new “soft touch” door trim panels, new “soft touch” armrests and dash and new heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel with improved design and functionality.

Even the base model, with the four-cylinder/four-speed, came with 17 inch wheels, four speaker stereo, air conditioning, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, cruise control, stabilizer bars front and rear, and a 525 amp battery; the cost for that one was $19,995, but few buy it; when the Touring, with six-speed automatic and numerous additional features, is just $21,995.

chrysler 200 interior

Canadians also had an LX option with a 2.4 L I-4 engine with 173 hp and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The selected standard equipment on the LX were 17-inch wheels & covers, leather-wrapped shift knob, power windows, locks and mirrors (heated), premium cloth seats with 60/40 folding rear seat, driver height adjuster seat with manual lumbar adjust, body colour door handles and mirrors, LED headlamps and taillamps, instrument cluster with LED lighting, ambient LED lighting, advanced multistage front, side-curtain, and front-seat side air bags, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, Electronic Stability Control, active front head restraints, tire pressure monitoring warning lamp, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, Media Centre 130 AM/FM/CD with 4-speakers, remote keyless entry and security alarm, and air conditioning.*

Optional on the Canadian LX were 17-inch aluminum wheels, body colour bodyside moulding, front passenger forward fold flat seat, Sirius Satellite Radio with one-year subscription, and UConnect Voice Command with Bluetooth.*

Chrysler 200 Sedan

What changed from the Sebring? According to Olivier Francois, “It had to be good, and it had to be now... the brief was simple: do everything [within 12 months].” He told engineers to look at:

every thread, every weld, every stitch, every cut, every seem, every rivet, every collection, every seal, every valve, every spring, every chip, every line, every angle, every detail, I want this car to be stronger, tighter, faster, smoother, smarter, purer, bolder, sharper, louder, meaner, classier, sexier, I want it to be the Chrysler. ...

leather seats

A completely new front end...new wheel design, completely new rear end... what are we not giving you? The cheap plastic... There are new fabrics, new instrument cluster, new dashboard, new steering wheel. We fixed the ride, handling, performance, and NVH. We took care of the guts.

Chrysler 200 car

The Chrysler 200 Touring uses the four-cylinder engine with a six speed automatic and optional V6; aluminum wheels; six speaker stereo; eight-way power driver seat; advanced trip computer; automatic climate control; automatic headlights; LED tail lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; satellite radio; individual tire pressure display; universal garage door opener; tilt/telescope steering wheel; alarm; ambient LED lighting; side airbags (curtain and thorax); new suspension; ABS; and stability control.

Available options on the Touring included 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, body colour bodyside moulding, UConnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, Sun & Nav II Package, Media Centre 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD, Media Centre 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Nav, Media Centre 730N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Nav and a power sunroof.*

silver Chrysler 200

The top model (other than 200S), the Chrysler 200 Limited, added 18 inch aluminum wheels, hard-drive media center (430), heated leather seats, UConnect and iPod connector, dual exhaust with bright tips*, fog lamps, bright mirrors/handles, express up/down key fob, and remote start.

Exterior and sheet metal upgrades from the Sebring included the front and rear fascias and fenders, grille and badge, hood, rear decklid and exterior mirrors, projector headlamps and fog lamps, LED taillamps, and LED center high-mounted brake light.

The Pentastar V-6 engine produced 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque; it was hooked up to a six-speed automatic transaxle.

Available options for the Limited included Sun & Nav II package, Media Centre 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD, Media Centre 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Nav, Media Centre 730N CD/DVD/Mp3/HDD/Nav, power sunroof, and six Boston Acoustics speakers.*

Chrysler 200 S

black wings

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, body colour exterior mirrors and door handles*, black painted front and rear fascia insert*, and 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and "S" badging. Inside, the 200S had 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.

200S concept

The 2011 Chrysler S models had a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with a best-in-class horsepower rating of 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a six speed automatic. The sedan started at $26,790, while the 2011 200 S Convertible startedd at $32,490.

Chrysler 200 S sedan

Available options for the S included Media Centre 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/Nav, Media Centre 730N CD/DVD/Mp3/HDD/Nav and power sunroof.

Chrysler 200 Super S

The Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar was a rolling showcase for the latest Mopar exterior parts that would be available for the 200 sedan in 2012.

Chrysler 200 Super S

For Stage One, Mopar’s modifications included a chin spoiler and satin chrome fog light trim and grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles. The upper grille was gloss black with a recessed Chrysler wing badge. The car also had new side sills, satin chrome belt molding, black chrome “200” badges, gray or black 18-inch “S” alloy wheels, a new trunk lid spoiler, satin chrome light bar, and a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings.

2012 200 SuperS

Stage Two added performance with a coil-over suspension, which also lowered the center of gravity for the vehicle, a cold-air intake, and cat-back exhaust.

Chrysler 200 vs Chrysler Sebring specifications (thanks to oh2o)

 Engines2.4 Four 3.5 V63.6 V6
HP173 @ 6,000 235 @6,400283 @ 6,400
Torque166 @ 4,400 232 @4,000260 @ 4,400
Oil5W205W305W30
Fuel 87 87 OK, 89 Pref.87 OK, 89 Pref.

For full engine and transmission information, see the following pages (they'll open in new windows):

Interior space in the Chrysler 200 declined somewhat as seat quality improved over the Sebring — thicker seats mean less room.

Measurement

Chrysler Sebring

Chrysler 200

EPA Interior Passenger Volume, cu. ft.

102.5

100.3

Head Room w/o Sunroof

40.1 / 38.4

same

Head Room w/Sunroof

37.9 / 38.4

same

Leg Room

42.4 / 37.6

42.4 / 36.2

Shoulder Room

56.4 / 56.4

56.3 / 56.0

Hip Room

53.5 / 53.2

52.6 / 52.8

Seat Travel

10.2

10.2

EPA Front Compartment Volume, f/r

55.5 / 45.3

54.3 / 46.0

Cargo liftover height

31.8

31.8

SAE Luggage Compartment Volume, cu. ft.

13.6

13.6
EPA gas mileage, 4 cylinder, four speed21/3021/30

Chrysler 200 car

Specification

Sebring

 200

  Weight and Towing Sebring 200

Wheelbase

108.9”

108.9

I-4 weight

3,287

3,389 (LX)

Track, Front

 61.8

61.7

V6 weight

3,499

3,559

Track, Rear

61.8

62.7

Towing:
SebringI-4 / 200

1,000

1,000

Overall Length

190.6

191.7

Towing: 2.7L

1,500

n/a

Overall Width

 71.2

72.5

Towing: 3.5L

2,000

n/a

Overall Height

59.0

58.4      

CdA (aerodynamics)

 8.29

 

Fuel tank (gallons)

16.9

16.9

Cd  (aerodynamics)

0.331

0.342      

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ItemChrysler SebringChrysler 200

Steering Type

Speed-proportional, power rack-and-pinion

Same

Overall Ratio

16.5:1

16.65:1

Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)

36.5 ft. (11.13)

36.5 (37.7 with 18” wheels)

Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)

3.0

3.3 (3.0 with 18” wheels)

Power Assist Type—All

8 x 9 (204 x 230) tandem-diaphragm vacuum

same

Four-wheel Anti-lock (ABS)

Standard

Standard

Front Size and Type

 11.5 x 1.0 (294 x 26) vented rotors
with 2.2 (57.0) single-piston floating caliper

same

Front Swept Area (total front)

 223.5 sq. in. (1442.1 sq. cm)

same

Rear Size and Type

 9.0 x 0.8 (229 x 35) machined drums (I-4)
10.3 x 1.4 solid rotor (V6)

10.3 x 1.4 solid rotor

Rear Swept Area (total rear)

78.1 sq. in. (I4) / 138.6 square inches (V6)

138.6 square inches

Parking Brake Type

Drum (I4) / Drum-in-hat

Drum-in-hat

Electronic Stability Program

Optional

Standard

Traction Control

Optional

Standard

Standard Wheels

 16 x 6.5 painted steel

17 x 6.5 painted steel

The Chrysler 200 is made alongside the Dodge Avenger in Michigan’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

2013.5 Chrysler 200S Special Edition with Carhartt

200S Special Edition

Over a century ago, Hamilton Carhartt created an apparel company in Detroit, delivering enduring apparel for industrious men and women. Standing for rugged construction, innovative design and exceptional standards of quality, durability and comfort, Carhartt workwear became a legend among America’s skilled tradesmen and craftsmen, though recently there has been talk that standards have fallen with the move of some production to China. The company remains privately, and Carhartt supports Detroit charities and activities including the Jazz Festival and the Empowerment Plan, whose goal is to help the homeless in Detroit.

carhartt seats

The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition, starting at $28,870, “celebrates a never-say-die attitude and the value of hard work with a car unlike any other in the marketplace,” said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

grille

The exterior had a new gloss black mesh grille accented with a platinum chrome grille collar, a lower front fascia in platinum black, and platinum chrome fog light “spears;” the sport suspension was more responsive. Body color sill cladding, platinum chrome belt molding and semi-gloss black wheels created a unique profile view.

interior

A body-color decklid spoiler, platinum chrome light bar, rear valance with polished, fascia-mounted exhaust tips, unique “S” and black “200” badges completed the distinctive exterior style of the 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.

special edition

The interior was designed in collaboration with Carhartt. Mark Valade, Carhartt CEO, said, “The vehicle is understated in its levels of sophistication which authentically mirrors our brand.” It had a water-resistant black fabric selected by Carhartt, with Carhartt triple stitching seat accents in light gray. Production began in the second quarter of 2013; it would be produced in Sterling Heights and modified in Warren. The first public showing was in New York on March 29.

wheels

Chrysler and Carhartt have also collaborated on an “Imported From Detroit” line of clothing, with limited editions individually hand-numbered from 1 to 200.

The Chrysler 200 rumors at Allpar

See our 2015 Chrysler 200 page to see what’s coming.

200 emblem

oh2o wrote that the 200/200 convertible would have S, LX, Limited, and Touring models, while the Avenger would be SXT, Express, LUX, and R/T — with the same transmissions. He was mainly right.

white car

2011 200

ShapGirl wrote the 200 looked like the Chrysler 200C concept car shown at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show:

The renderings here about the 200/Sebring are close (look for the Allpar photo of the 200C color rendering by Alex Peterson). A manager said the interiors and new designs aren’t going for the Toyota Camry…they are going for Lexus.

Here are the renderings, which were indeed very close.

2011 chrysler sebring car rendering - spy shot

2011 Chrysler Sebring - 200C replacement car

Chrysler 200 rear

oh2o wrote on Sept. 2, 2010: a new 6-speed dual dry clutch auto trans (C635) will make it for the 2011 model year, available on the upper trim lines. [The dual clutch was never made.] Stas Peterson noted:

I heard that the Sebring/Avenger would get what Frank Klegon wanted to build in the first place, back when they were going to be introduced. He envisioned, a modern flat torque profile I-4, with a relaxed cam grind, mated to the industry’s first 6-speed dual clutch manual-automatic, years before everyone else had such, for sale. Frank was sabotaged by the finances for Getrag, even more than the pitiful finances of Chrysler.

Thanks narnga and Lawrence Shine for telling us about the 200 screenshots in early October.

Chrysler Sebring replacement car: 200C

Chrysler 200 Convertible • Dodge Avenger • 200 Review • 200 vs Sebring

2015+ 200:
MainTest Drive • SpecsLaunch • Chief Engineer • Rumors200 vs The World
Making 200s
The First 200 • Building 2015s (photos+story) • Body Shop • Making 2010s
Components
2.4 engineV6 engineFour SpeedSix SpeedNine Speed • UConnectFactory
2011-14 200:
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