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New 200s for April?

by David Zatz on

2015 200

Dealers should start seeing new 2015 Chrysler 200s in early April, though it may take longer for a good supply to reach them, according to sources within Chrysler.

The new car, a nearly complete change from the current 200, is set to start volume production at the Sterling Heights, Michigan, assembly plant on March 17, 2014. The car has a different platform, chassis, suspension and electronics architecture, and transmission, replacing the current 200’s four and six speed automatics with a state-of-the-art nine-speed.  Interior and exterior styling are also a break from the existing 200. The only major carryovers are the basic four-cylinder engine design — though the new one has been retuned and now has individual valve timing for each cylinder — and the V6 engine, praised in the outgoing model.

The split between lower and upper models is more pronounced than in the past, with LX and Limited 200s having relatively few options available; and the 200S and 200C models getting sound-deadening glass, the option of 8.4 inch touch-screen stereos,  and various safety packages. Buyers seeking reasonably well equipped cars may find the 200 to be bargain-priced, but those seeking particular advanced technologies, such as self-parking, may be disappointed as option groups add up.

There have been no test drive results posted, but the 200 is expected to have competent handling and a relatively smooth ride; with lighter weight than the Jeep Cherokee, it should be more sprightly with the base four-cylinder engine.


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