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The Chrysler Sebring (née Cirrus) was a well-regarded car for many years, but the final generation was disastrous for the company. Engineers, stylists, and leaders got together to rescue the mid-size car, and the result was different enough to justify a new name: Chrysler 200. It was unveiled on October 12, 2010, and ran through 2014.

2011 Chrysler 200

Like its companion, the Dodge Avenger, the Chrysler 200 had a choice of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine; the cheapest trim had a four-speed, but all the others came with a six-speed automatic.

The 2.4 engine produced 174 horsepower; the Pentastar V-6 engine was rated at 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.

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

Inside, buyers found a new instrument panel, bezels and gauge face, upgraded seats with more cushioning and revised spring geometry, new leather and cloth covers, “soft touch” trim, and more functional heating and cooling outlets.

What else 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

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.

What did you get?

Even the base model, with the four-speed automatic, came with 17 inch wheels, four speaker stereo, air conditioning, antilock brakes, cruise control, and front and rear stabilizer bars; the cost was $19,995, most buyers spent the extra $2,000 for the Touring.

chrysler 200 interior

Canadians had an LX option just above the base, with a nicer interior, power windows and locks, heated mirrors, height-adjustable driver seat with lumbar adjustment, body colour door handles and mirrors, LED headlamps and taillamps, LED-lit gauges and interior, front, side-curtain, and front-seat side air bags, stability control, active front head restraints, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, remote entry and alarm, and air conditioning.

silver Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 Touring added a six speed automatic and optional V6; aluminum wheels; six speaker stereo; eight-way power driver seat; trip computer; automatic climate control and headlights; LED tail lamps; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter; satellite radio; individual tire pressure display; garage door opener; tilt/telescope steering wheel; alarm; LED ambient lighting; side airbags (curtain and thorax); and stability control. Options included navigation, voice control, a power sunroof, and a hard-drive stereo.

The top car was the Chrysler 200 Limited, with 18 inch aluminum wheels, hard-drive stereo, 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.

black wings

The Chrysler 200S had styling touches including a different grille, black-background badge and headlamps, black front and rear fascia inserts, and 18-inch wheels with dark painted pockets. Inside, the 200S had a perforated leather steering wheel cover; heated leather front seats with suede inserts; suede door trim bolsters; and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/hard drive voice-controlled stereo.

200S concept

The 2011 Chrysler S models had a standard V-6 and six speed automatic. The sedan started at $26,790, while the 2011 200 S Convertible startedd at $32,490.

Chrysler 200 S sedan

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
Fuel8789 Pref.89 Pref.

Engine and transmission details:

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

102.5 cf

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

Seat Travel

10.2

10.2

EPA Cabin Volume, f/r

55.5 / 45.3

54.3 / 46.0

Cargo liftover height

31.8

31.8

SAE trunk volume, cu. ft.

13.6

13.6
EPA mpg, 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

Track, Front

 61.8

61.7

V6 weight

3,499

3,559

Track, Rear

61.8

62.7

Towing: 2.4 l

1,000

1,000

Overall Length

190.6

191.7

Cd  (drag)

0.331

0.342

Overall Width

 71.2

72.5

Fuel (gallons)

16.9

16.9

Overall Height

59.0

58.4      

car tail lights

ItemChrysler SebringChrysler 200

Steering Type

Speed-proportional, power rack-and-pinion

Overall Ratio

16.5:1

16.65:1

Turning Diameter

36.5 ft.

36.5

Power Assist

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

Front brakes

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

Rear Size and Type

 9.0 x 0.8 drums (I-4)
10.3 x 1.4 rotor (V6)

10.3 x 1.4 rotor

Parking Brake Type

Drum (I4) / Drum-in-hat

Drum-in-hat

Stability control

Optional

Standard

Traction control

Optional

Standard

The Chrysler 200 was made in the Michigan’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

2013.5 Chrysler 200S Special Edition with Carhartt

Over a century ago, Hamilton Carhartt created an apparel company in Detroit. Carhartt workwear became a legend among America’s tradesmen, though shortly before the Chrysler partnership, standards seem to have fallen with the move of some production to China.

200S Special Edition

The company remained privately owned, and Carhartt supported Detroit charities and activities including the Jazz Festival and the Empowerment Plan for the homeless.

carhartt seats

The $28,870 car had a body-color decklid spoiler, platinum chrome light bar, rear valance with polished, fascia-mounted exhaust tips, and different badging.

special edition

The interior was designed in collaboration with Carhartt; it was modified in Warren.

wheels

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.

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

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.

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

Chrysler Sebring replacement car: 200C

The Chrysler 200 was completely replaced by a new 2015 200, which lasted for fewer years than the “upgraded Sebring.”.

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