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New 200: 3 engines, no electrics?

by David Zatz on

Chrysler 200 UF spy shot

Along with a new set of spy shots, courtesy of Matt Bergeron, we have some updates on the upcoming “UF,” a/k/a 2015 Chrysler 200.

Insiders have told us that the car will indeed continue the 200 name, given the lack of any serious problems with the current model. At the start, there will be three engines and one nine-speed transmission for the car: the 2.4 four-cylinder (TigerShark version), 3.2 V6, and 3.6 V6. The 3.2 is currently used solely by the Jeep Cherokee, while the 3.6 is Chrysler’s “go-to” V6, used on every single car, minivan, and truck that has a V6 option.

These engines will probably be joined by a turbocharged “Hurricane 2.4,” resurrecting an old Nash/Jeep/AMC name (but only because the current batch of engine code names, used internally but not in marketing, draws on vintage planes). That engine is not ready yet, and we have been told that when it is, the Dodge Dart will be the first to get it — so don’t wait around for a turbo 200. It might never come, and if it does, it will be a long wait.

The Chrysler 200 itself is said to be a strong effort, top of its class, by insiders. That will put some pressure on pricing, but the 200 is currently too close to Dodge Dart regardless, with considerable overlap at dealerships.

We have been told that in addition to the highly rated nine-speed, the Chrysler 200 will have late-arrival all wheel drive. We have also been told not to expect an electric version (at least, not yet) — the cars shown with their tailpipes apparently blocked by camouflage merely have the exhaust tips turned down instead towards the rear, so they don’t show in back. Stop-start systems are expected, but as late arrivals; these systems shut down the engine under certain conditions (e.g. at traffic lights but not in stop-and-go traffic), using an extra-large, more durable starter and other systems to restart the engine in a fraction of a second, without the driver being aware of any delay, not unlike the current deceleration fuel cutoff.

We have also been told by informal sources that no, there is no Dodge Avenger version of the new car — nor will the existing Avenger continue to be built.

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