Chrysler launches its 2011 200 Sedan at LA show

22 Nov 2010 | 2,203 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds  Chrysler has unveiled its 2011 Chrylser 200 midsize sedan, with design and features that take it in a dramatic new direction from the  Chrysler Sebring, the car upon which its derived.   The car was  unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The only thing that will  be recognizable from the previous Sebring will be the roofline and the doors.  It combines a lot of 21st century style "cool", such as the use of LED lighting  that draws attention to the 200 at night, while also having an air of nostalgic romance associated with the innovative styling and deco features associated with the brand in the 1930s and 1940s.  As if to draw attention to that last point, the company's media site features lavish displays of the 200 with background  music that seems drawn from Euyrope during the time of  gorgeous, romantic designs emanating from Lancia, Alfa-Romeo and the like.    A Chrysler news release says, "Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment. Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include: front and rear fascias and fenders, grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, new hood, LED positioning light pipe in front headlamps, rear deck lid and exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED taillamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight."  As an example, the company says that virtually every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. The suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm and the Chrysler 200 has been lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower, wider, more substantial stance. There's new powertrains under the hood, too.  The 2011 Chrysler 200 is offered with the proven 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, which has been recalibrated and is now available mated to a new six-speed transmission. The new 200 sedan powered by the 2.4-liter I-4 engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque. The available new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine provides an even more exhilarating driving experience that offers customers the best of both worlds – best-in-class V-6 horsepower and exceptional fuel economy. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, and is mated to the 62TE six-speed transmission. The 2.4-liter World Gas Engine also is available mated to the proven four-speed automatic transmission.      Inside the 200. noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) were reduced and 45 new sound deadening treatments were added, including an acoustic glass windshield, laminated side glass usually only found in higher priced vehicles, new sound absorption materials throughout the vehicle and a new three-point engine mount system for the 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, for improved sound and isolation. New sheet metal and exterior design highlights clean surfaces and sleek lines. The new, more sculpted front features the new distinctive Chrysler brand grille and the new signature Chrysler brand winged badge. A new hood, new front fascia, new projector headlamps and projector beam fog lamps round out the new face of the Chrysler 200. A new for 2011 rear deck lid, rear fascia, exterior mirrors, new LED taillamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight completes the transformation. With the all-new interior for 2011, customers will step into a level of craftsmanship, content and comfort that is world-class. There's also an  all-new instrument panel, bezels, gauge face and new Chrysler steering wheel to, as the news release says, ":ransform the driver’s seat into an elegant atmosphere. Upgraded seats with a new design that incorporates more cushion material and revised spring geometry, as well as new leather and cloth seating materials, envelop the driver and passenger."        Especially important is that the 200 sedan has a lot of  new “soft touch” armrests and instrument panel and new, premium interior finishes for touch points.There are new heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel , too. The 200 will feature an available media center with voice command, and has  radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a 30 gigabyte hard drive, iPod® connectivity, streaming music capability and a navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link, which provides real-time information. An abundance of standard safety and security features in the new 2011 Chrysler 200 offer consumers peace of mind at a price they can afford. The 200 sedan’s standard safety features include: standard advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control (ESC), front seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic traction control, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat anchor system and available Uconnect® voice command. The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in four different configurations in the United States. The lineup includes Chrysler 200 LX, 200 Touring, 200 Limited and 200 S (late availability) models.

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