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2011-2014 Chrysler 200: neatly upgraded cars

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.

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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.

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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. ...

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2013 changes: Limited had a standard V6 and Boston Acoustics speakers; the touchscreen stereo, Bluetooth system, and 18" wheels are optional. The S was now optional on Touring and Limited. New colors were Cashmere, Billet Metallic Silver, and True Blue, which arrived at the cost of Blackberry Pearl and Bright Silver Metallic.

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

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Specification



Sebring



200

Weight and TowingSebring 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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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The Chrysler 200 rumors at Allpar

See our 2015 Chrysler 200 page to see what's coming.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Chrysler 200 ConvertibleDodge Avenger 200 Review200 vs Sebring

2015-17 200:MainTest DriveSpecsLaunchChief EngineerRumors200 vs The World
Making 200sFirst and Last 200sBuilding 2015sBody ShopMaking 2010s
Components2.4 engineV641TE auto62TE autoNine SpeedUConnectFactory
2011-14 200:SedanConvertible 200 ReviewConvertible Review • 200 vs Sebring


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