Chrysler has made a successor to the Sebring, though the new car is still on the Sebring chassis, just with a lot of modifications, called the 200, and has been in production for about a year now. The 200 fist appeared as a concept car hybrid back at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, called the 200C, the concept was based on the 300 chassis.
The 200C almost went into production, sometime after unveiling the concept back in 2009 at the North American International Auto Show, it was approved by Chrysler, but later disapproved by the Chrysler/Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, saying that the car wasn’t very practical and is not needed to be in the market.
But sometime later on, like end of last year, the idea has been revived and revised to replace a current, and aging Chrysler model, the Sebring. When the 200 entered production, it was only available as a 4-door sedan, but only recently, last November, Chrysler has added a 2-door convertible version to the lineup.
The 2.4L I4 engine and the four-speed & six-speed automatic gearboxes are to be carried over from the Sebring to the new 200, with some improvements of refinement, but Chrsyler is also including an all new 3.6L V6 engine option that produces 283 hp.
Other new improvements to the 200 over the Sebring are the addition of LED lighting, thicker seat cushioning with higher quality materials for the interior, and enhancements to the chassis, taking new measures to decrease noise, vibration, and harshness. The improvements that have been done to the chassis have been, stiffer body mounts, a softer ride rate, revised suspension geometry, a new rear sway bar, and upgraded tires.
The starting price of the 200 is at $19,245 USD for the sedan, no information has been released about pricing for the convertible version or the coupe version as well, but good news is that Fiat is planning to release a European Market version of the 200, called the Lancia Flavia, no major differance between the two cars, just a simple rebadged version, and will be in the market late this year, as 2012 models, and prices are expected to somewhere near the same for both cars.