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The first real Chrysler 200 spy shot?

by David Zatz on

Chrysler 200 spy shot

Christopher Chrouch may have gotten the first spy shot of a real 2015 Chrysler 200, not a mule, with this snap. The car appears to have long wraparound headlights, and a wide tail-light strip. Mr. Chrouch suspected at first that it was the next-generation Avenger, but that car should be years off, while the 200 appears to be slated for a January reveal and production as early as March 2014 (assuming no schedule slippage and a good supply of nine-speed automatic transmissions).

The 200 is a key car for Chrysler; Americans still favor mid-sized sedans as the “standard car,” but the market is dominated by Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Chrysler used to be a major player in this range but has been losing share for many years, culminating in the losses of the Daimler years. Today, the 200 and Avenger are supported by heavy incentives; for Chrysler to sell without rebates and heavy discounting will require a car which is both mechanically and visually superior or, at least, unique. The nine speed automatic and 3.2 liter V6 are part of that equation; and as for the looks, one source recently told us that it “is spectacular and will delight everyone.”

Check back tomorrow morning for a full set of photos.

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