Preceding the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Chrysler has let fly some tantalizing photos of the 2015 Chrysler 200. The photos below show a more mature, sophisticated vehicle than the one it replaces. No longer a slave to the old Chrysler Sebring platform, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is an all new ballgame.
Here’s what (we think) we know:
The 2015 Chrysler 200 will be based on the same platform as the Dodge Dart. This platform (which the Jeep Cherokee uses as well) is set up for an all-wheel drive system, which will be offered.
There will be a 184 horsepower MultiAir four-cylinder as a base engine and the 295 hp Pentastar V6 will be offered as well.
The same (or similar) nine-speed automatic transmission currently used in the Jeep Cherokee will be part of the 2015 Chrysler 200 package. There was a rumor of a manual or dual-clutch transmission – nah, doubt it. Besides, Chrysler’s investment in that nine-speed was immense and it would be silly to offer anything else.
The interior will be a step or two above the current interior with some serious European flair.
Compared to the Dodge Dart, the 2015 Chrysler 200 will have a softer, more elegant ride. The sound deadening, quality of materials and overall presentation should rival more expensive automakers.
The face of the 2015 Chrysler 200 and its overall design language is the harbinger of the next step for Chrysler.
Base price for the 2015 Chrysler 200 will be $21,700 when it lands in showrooms later this year.
We’ll give you an update the moment we see the 2015 Chrysler 200 at the 2014 NAIAS!
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