Chrysler Sebring convertible to survive

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Much to our surprise here at TopSpeed, Fiat has decided to keep the Sebring convertible alive. They are even giving it a major refresh early next year and boy, does it need it. The Sebring and the Dodge Avenger sedans are due for some updates before the end of the year and the Sebring could be getting a new name . There have also been reports that the new Sebring will be built in Italy.

Most of the changes that will take place on the two cars will include a reworked suspension and improved interiors. Chrysler ’s new Pentastar V6 will be in the convertible next year.

Take a step back to the 1990’s and you will find Sebrings everywhere, as it was the best selling convertible in America. This was down to its low price and decent styling. The current model took all of that and threw it away. It combines the negative areas of the sedan, and there are many to choose from, plus poor styling.

So, why would any car company want to keep this convertible alive? Well, according to AllPar, it’s because they are a rental fleet favorite in warm weather climates. So, Chrysler can thank vacationers for driving the Sebring convertible because, chances are, nobody else will.

Source: AllPar

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It really is too bad that the only legitimate 4-passenger American-made convertible has morphed into such a dud. It’s ugly, the interior looks good but is cheap, and its expensive. Such a fall from grace for the company that brought back the American Convertible in the 1980’s.

The existing car has got to go. But I don’t care if they make the replacement as good as an Accord or Camry. It drives me nuts when companies name boring cars after racetracks. I live in Florida and I bet if you ask everyone here what is Sebring, the track is the last thing that i’ll come to mind.

I think they should develop a retro drop top that looks like a 58’ Plymouth Fury and name it Christine.

nice.. eventhough it’s already in the box they still revive it.. this might save some money for the design teams.

for sure they will added more features on it.

It seems Chrysler is back on to their old ways again. I hope they will have a major refresh early next year.

convertible are very fun to drive.. specially when you’re speed is above 150MHP.. you can feel the power of the car through the wind..

Why are they’re reviving the long lost convertible?

To Chrylser/Fiat: Definitely ditch the folding hard-top version. It is too expensive, unreliable, and ugly. Keep the soft top, fix the styling, update the powertrain and chassis, and maybe customers at Avis would not pass this over a Chevy HHR.

I believe I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: The Sebring Convertible is without question the single most pathetic vehicle on the market today. Even in its most powerful version the Sebring hits 60 mph in 9.6 seconds—that’s only two tenths quicker than a Prius—while achieving less than one third the Prius’ mpg. The interior is riddled with cheap plastics despite the nearly $40K sticker, the top takes forever to close, and it offers less cargo room with the roof up than most competitor cars offer with their roofs retracted. The car registers the lowest skidpad grip of any "sports car" currently sold, yet has an excessively jittery ride. And to top that, Consumer Reports rates it as the third least reliable car on the market, following the VW Touareg and Jaguar XF and just ahead of the Smart Fortwo. And I could go on...

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