Chrysler’s truck and SUV game has really stepped things up as of late, with the new RAM 1500 and Jeep Cherokee coming off as solid hits for the oh-so-recently struggling automaker. But what about good old family sedans? Here Chrysler has lagged behind as everyone from Ford to Mazda comes out with eye-catching and successful new models. No more, Chrysler says.
Taking the wraps off its next-generation Chrysler 200 midsize family sedan at the Detroit Auto Show, the new 200 is smartly styled and sleek, bucking the trend of overly bulbous sedans we’ve seen all too much of recently. With LED daytime running lamps running naturally into a restrained yet attractive front end design with echoes of Tesla, the new 200 will look right at home in the garage next door.
Let’s talk powertrains. The new 200 will come with the buyer’s choice of a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 173 lb-ft. of torque, or Chyrsler’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, here making 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft. of torque. Either engine will come mated to a new 9-speed automatic transmission (!), with the four-cylinder earning around 35 mpg on the highway.
One trick feature available for V6 cars will be a new optional AWD system that can not only send up to 60% of power to the rear wheels but can actually de-couple the rear axle completely when not needed for fuel efficiency savings. An upscale 200S model will once again be available, getting the V6, AWD system and sportier body cladding.
Pricing will start at $21,700 plus $995 for destination when the new 2015 Chrysler 200 goes on sale sometime in March of this year.