PHOENIX -- Chrysler debuted the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week and the new mid-sized sedan is expected to arrive in Arizona Chrysler dealerships early next month. The 200 is an entirely new nameplate for Chrysler; it will replace the Sebring, which first joined Chrysler's lineup in 1996.
Despite some aesthetic similarities, the transition from Sebring to 200 is more than just a name change for the number-three U.S. automaker. Virtually every system in the 200 is new or upgraded giving this newcomer its own identity and space in the highly competitive mid-sized sedan segment.
The Chrysler 200 is equipped with a new powertrain lineup, which features the 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas Engine mated to either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transaxle. It is also available with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle.
According to Chrysler, the 200 will also offer an improved ride, sharper handling and an extensively upgraded treatment for the reduction of noise and vibration.
The Chrysler 200 is built at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan and began arriving in dealerships in the fourth quarter 2010.