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2012 Chrysler changes

by David Zatz on

In 2012, the Chrysler 300 will gain an eight-speed automatic as expected, with expected best in class v6 gas mileage; the ZF-sourced transmission will also increase performance (it’s optional on 300, standard on Limited; we don’t know if it’s standard or optional on S). V8 models continue, and the previously announced beats, Executive, S, and SRT8 will join the current 300 and 300C. AWD will join the Limited, in addition to the current 300C. Sales are expected to be roughly evenly split among the various models, except SRT8. Changes include a new cloth interior for 300 and new Harmon Kardon 19-speaker audio option.

For 2012, the Chrysler 200 and 200 Convertible continues mainly unchanged, other than crystal blue replacing sapphire crystal, and deep auburn arriving in November.

Chrysler expects the vast majority of 200 sedan sales to be Touring and Limited. The 200S will be available, and is expected to grab less than a fifth of sales, with its 276-watt Boston Acoustics stereo, heated leather seats, special wheels, standard V6, and other features. Again, there will be no incentives on the base LX model, which is limited to 5% of sales. Around half the buyers of other models are expected to grab the V6. Chrysler noted that the 200 is cheaper than comparably equipped Malibu, Fusion, Camry, Altima, and Accord.

Packages have been streamlined on the 2012 Town & Country, and roof strength has been improved; a new brake kit is standard with 17 inch wheels, UConnect Hands-Free is standard across the board, a wood steering wheel is standard with Limited, and a sapphire blue interior lighting setup has been launched. Back-seat satellite TV has, however, been dropped. Premium navigation is now standard on Limited, optional on Touring; it adds dead reckoning, traffic, and voice recognition. The vast majority of buyers are expected to get Touring and Touring-L models.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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