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Chrysler takes Sebring back to the drawing board for new 200
Chrysler has loaded its new 2011 Chrysler 200 with new features, hoping to succeed in the midsize sedan market when the car reaches showrooms next year.
The automaker even changed the vehicle's name, since it was widely panned when it was known as the Chrysler Sebring, according to USA Today. Many car leasing
customers opted instead for rivals like the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Chevrolet Malibu or Hyundai Sonata.
To win back some of those drivers, Chrysler has reshaped the exterior body with new designs for the fascias and fenders, head- and tail lamps, and the grill, hood and trunk. A new suspension and more widely-spaced tires should also produce a more stable ride, while 45 new sound-damping treatments could provide a quieter cabin.
Finally, buyers who sign a vehicle lease
for a 200 will get a choice of a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower or a more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 283 horsepower.
"Today's customer is smarter and they expect their vehicle to be smart as well. They want beauty coupled with substance," said Olivier Francois, CEO of the Chrysler brand. "The new Chrysler 200 delivers reliability, capability, comfort, safety, fuel efficiency and style."
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