The Chrysler 200’s parade of limited trims continues with a new Carhartt Special Edition packing triple-stitched leather seats and a cool body kit on top of the black-themed 200S trim level. The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition’s name is quite the mouthful – but is it enough to invigorate sales of this four-cylinder and V-6-powered midsize sedan?
While the Carhartt package certainly confirms that the 200S Special Edition is well-equipped, it brings prices above the $28,000 mark to nearly overlap with the far more interesting, larger and rear-drive Chrysler 300 ’s base pricing.
The Chrysler 200 sedan has been the main recipient of Chrysler’s marketing time and dollars spent since the breakout “Imported From Detroit” campaign that included a Super Bowl spot and pricey ads featuring Michigan’s hometown hero: rapper Eminem. Catchy rhythms and high-gloss professional photography of the 200 S contrast delightfully in the ads with backdrops that showcase gritty Detroit in all its glory.
The ads firmly locate the 200 sedan as the center of the company (and city’s) eventual revival. The commercials resonated with viewers, leading Chrysler to even co-develop an “Imported From Detroit” clothing label with the help of Carhartt, another Michigan-based firm that embraced the ad campaign’s message.
Continuous improvements to the Chrysler 200 mean the latest, black-themed "S" models are a world away from the original version of this car in terms of performance with a new, high-power V-6, as well as interior comfort and technology. A totally redesigned dashboard and numerous available Uconnect touchscreen stereos keep the 200 current with the best infotainment from the competition.
Is this reinvented 200 sedan truly a new beginning? Many are skeptical and the Chrysler is rarely cross-shopped against the larger Toyota Camry and its best-selling peers.
The 200’s dimensions and realistic prices mean it actually competes with the Chevrolet Malibu , Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla for retail buyers.
Click past the jump for the full review of the Chrysler 200 sedan, with details on the new 2013.5 Carhartt Special Edition of the 200S.
Times have changed in America, that much we can tell you.
Remember the day when mid-sized convertibles were as trendy as the mullet hairstyle? Those days are long gone, which is why it’s a little surprising that automakers are still producing these vehicles.
Consumers still love convertibles, but these days, it has to be of the sporty variety. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is not a sports car, but it does come with the capability of being a convertible. So you can say that the vehicle offers the best of both worlds, right? The sporty performance of a coupe and the open-air freedom of a convertible all wrapped in a midsized vehicle’s body.
To be fair, there are a number of positive attributes with the 200 Convertible. It’s been completely refreshed to make Chrysler forget about the forsaken Sebring. It also has an impressive powertrain configuration that does justice to its looks.
So there’s still hope for the 200 Convertible. But hope is fleeting, especially in the auto industry and ultimately, the midsized convertible is a dying breed.
Chrysler may have something with the 200 Convertible but for the most part, it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get people interested in this kind of car these days.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible
Chrysler , in cooperation with Hamilton Carhartt have developed a special edition 200 S and will display it next week at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new 200 S Special Edition will be priced at $28,870 and will be put into production in the second quarter of 2013.
This special edition was based on the Chrysler 200 "S" package and will add "an incredible amount of standard features." On the exterior the model combines numerous gloss black with chrome insertions and 18-inch aluminum wheels. There are also numerous "S" and black "200" badges that will help you to further identify this special edition.
The interior has been designed in collaboration with Carhartt and continues the same black and gray design theme. As standard equipment the model is offering a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Boston Acoustic premium sound system.
Hit the jump to read full details on the new Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.
When Chrysler replaced the Sebring with the 200 , the world rejoiced at the elimination of the outdated and never truly impressive drop top. Unfortunately, the 200 was not a full redesign of its predecessor, rather just a nip here, a tuck there, some new headlights and basic interior changes. So, essentially, the 200’s body style is in its 6th production year, making it a year overdue for a revision.
According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, this revision has been partially revealed to dealerships in a meeting in Las Vegas. The details are very scarce yet, but there are a few things of note. First is that Chrysler plans to launch the new 200 in the first quarter of 2014, making it a 2015 model year. With that sort of release date, we should see the final model at a mid-2013 auto show.
Dealers also learned that the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will boast a 9-speed transmission, which enables it to get an astounding 38 mpg – an 8 mpg increase over the 2012 Chrysler 200 with a 2.4-liter. We expect to see a 4-cylinder as its base engine and possibly the elimination of the 6-cylinder model altogether, unless Chrysler chooses to develop an SRT6 model.
While Chrysler only revealed the sedan model to its dealers, we do anticipate a convertible model joining it.
We’ll continue to monitor the 2015 Chrysler 200’s development and get as much information as we can to add onto this review. Until then, check out our rendering of the future 200!
Set to debut in Detroit in the coming weeks, the 200 Super S showcases the latest in Mopar’s aerodynamic components that will be made available to the sedan beginning later this year.
"The Super S is Mopar’s interpretation of the Chrysler 200," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The extensive list of high-quality Mopar parts enhances the performance and appearance of our Chrysler 200."
As you can imagine, Mopar is offering an extensive list of programs for the 200 that includes a Stage I aerodynamic program that includes a large chin spoiler, a satin chrome fog light trim, a satin chrome grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles, a gloss black grille, new side sills, a satin chrome belt molding, black chrome "200" badges, a new trunk lid spoiler, a satin chrome light bar, a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings, and a new set of 18" "S" alloy wheels that come in either Gray or Hyper Black color options.
Adding to the pretty comprehensive Stage I program is the Stage II program, which comes with performance tweaks that include a new coil-over suspension, a new cold-air intake, and a new cat-back exhaust.
About the only downside to this model is that it doesn’t have any engine upgrades. That being said, the 200’s standard numbers are still impressive in their own right: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque.
After focusing on the 300 in a series of variants, Chrysler has moved on to the 200 Convertible with the unveiling of the S version at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The 200 S Convertible features more luxury and sporty characteristics than the standard version with an improved exterior and interior look. It also gets a more powerful engine in the V6 variety to bump up the power from the standard model by 110 HP. The new 200 S Convertible will go on sale later this spring with prices starting from $32,490.
"The New York International Auto Show is the perfect place to debut the new 2011 Chrysler 200 S sedan and Chrysler 200 S convertible models," said Olivier Francois, President and CEO, Chrysler Brand – Chrysler Group LLC. "These vehicles are built with an unmistakable attitude and a signature style; and you could say the same of New York itself. The attitude may be ‘Imported from Detroit,’ but it’s definitely at home on Park Avenue."
Hit the jump to read more about the Chrysler 200 S Convertible.
After the sedan version was unveiled back in September, Chrysler has now decided to reveal the first official images of the future Chrysler 200 Convertible. According to the official statements made at the Detroit Auto Show, the new Chrysler 200 will be sold on the European market as the Lancia Flavia, both sedan and convertible and will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this upcoming March.
The 200 Convertible’s design has been slightly modified in order to accommodate the roof folding mechanism. The engine line-up will also remain unchanged: a 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine mated to either a four- or six-speed automatic transaxle, or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle. Most likely the European customers will also enjoy some diesel engines in their future Lancia Flavia, but none for the American market.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible.
Having an auto show without any Mopar vehicles is like having a sundae without any whipped cream; it may still taste good, but it’s just not the same. Thankfully, we won’t have to experience that because the Detroit Auto Show will be chalk full of "Moparized" models. Among them there will be a Chrysler 200 Super S that has received the full on Mopar treatment.
To get to this final project as seen in the rendering released by Chrysler, Mopar started off with a 2011 Chrysler 200 which they then covered in a Black and Tungsten - which is just a fancy way of saying black and gray - paint scheme. After that, the tuners added a gloss black grille surround, a gloss black mesh grille, recessed wing badge, vented hood, and lower chin spoiler. Other small additions consist of a fog light bezel with light bar and brake induction openings. This rendering doesn’t show the back of the car, but if it did, we’d see a bright exhaust tip and a decklid spoiler. The exterior package is finished off with a new set of 19" wheels.
The interior won’t receive much in the way of anything, but it will get Katzkin leather seats and numerous black elements to go along with the exterior.
The Chrysler 200 Super S doesn’t get anything in the form of an engine modification, so we’re not sure if it can live up to the "Super" name. Guess we’ll have to wait and see just how fitting this name is when the Detroit Motor Show opens its doors next week.
Ladies and gentleman, the wait is now over. For the first time, we can now see the new Chrysler 200 in all its glory. The four-door sedan draws on the 200C concept for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and it will replace the old and mostly despised Sebring. The 200 will get all-new front and rear lighting, fascias, and new mirrors and wheels. Yet, we can’t help but think this is just a refreshed Sebring. Thankfully, the changes that were made have helped immensely.
Powering the new 200 will be either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that can be connected four-speed or six-speed automatic, or the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. Chrysler has yet to release any power numbers for these motors, but we should have some details in the next few months.
The interior has also been redone. There are cabin upgrades such as a new instrument panel, redesigned seats, acoustic laminated glass for lower sound levels, and revamped HVAC outlets, although there are no full interior pictures at this time. We are hoping that the 200 continues with the current trend of well built interiors that started with the Dodge Ram and Jeep Grand Cherokee .
The on-going tease for Chrysler’s new 200C sedan continued after the company released new – and more revealing - teaser photos of the car’s redesigned front end and its new interior.
Based on past teasers we’ve seen, the new 200C looks to have taken in the new redesigned grille that’s a little more on the rectangular shape when compared to the 200C EV Concept we saw at Detroit a while back. In addition to the revised grille, the new car takes on a number of revisions, including the hood, the mirrors, the fenders, headlights, fog lamps, and LED lights on the tail and brake lights.
In addition to that, it has also been reported that the car will come with a number of powerplants, including a 2.4-liter I4 World Gas Engine and a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 variant.
Despite these teasers, we’ll still hold off on any judgments until we get official confirmation from Chrysler, but it does give us an idea of what to expect with the new 200C.