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2015 Chrysler 200 Overview
It’s anticipated that Chrysler will make some significant changes to the 2015 version of its under-achieving 200. Thus far only the sedan version of this 5-seater is on radar screens, with certain subtle hints that the 200 convertible’s days are numbered.
In any case, this redesigned 4-door hardtop is slated to arrive 1 inch longer and 1 inch wider, which will make for a little more elbow and leg room, however, a sleeker roofline is cutting 1 inch of headroom from this already height-challenged family car. Look for trunk space, meantime, to remain 13.6 cubic feet. Though it retains its Dodge Dart/Jeep Cherokee roots, the new Chrysler 200 is expected to add a standard USB port across the 2015 lineup, as well as flaunting some improvements to interior accents and a new 8.4-inch touchscreen display for audio, Uconnect and Bluetooth.
Further notable changes for the upcoming 200 sedan lineup include available all-wheel drive (AWD) for the higher trims (with a standard V6 powerplant), as well as a new 9-speed automatic transmission that uses a rotary transmission selector instead of the old shift lever. This latter improvement allows a pass-through rear center armrest arrangement with added access to center-console power points.
This pretty commuter car’s trim monikers, meanwhile, also stand to be realigned for 2015, with the sedan now offered in the base 200 LX, the up-featured 200 Limited, the sporty 200S and the top-shelf 200C.
The adequate if not overwhelming 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine should once again carry the load as the standard powerplant in all trims packing the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) powertrain. Mated with the brand-new 9-speed automatic transmission with its equally new rotary shifter, the 4-banger is expected to throw down 184 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. Mileage numbers haven’t been officially estimated yet, but Chrysler claims up to 35 mpg highway out of this miserly motor. Oh, and higher trims are slated to get the 9-speed automatic in shiftable form via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Those 200S and 200C trims with the available AWD system will be delivered with a standard 3.6-liter V6 powerplant, again with the shiftable 9-speed paddle-shiftable automatic and rotary shifter. Look for 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Expected mileage numbers are, according to Chrysler, supposed to approach 31 highway mpg.
The 200's AWD system, meantime, allows FWD cruising in normal conditions but stands ready to automatically switch torque from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip on slippery roads.
Depending on the trim selected, expect the 2015 200 sedan to pack 17-inch or, in the case of the 200S, 18-inch steel or alloy wheels, as well as premium cloth or leather upholstery, full power accessories (including heated outside mirrors), cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and either manual air conditioning or dual-zone auto climate control. Lower-tier trims will carry a 5.4-inch touchscreen display for Chrysler’s basic-level Uconnect infotainment system, with the 200C packing an 8.4-inch display and upgraded Uconnect as standard equipment. Again depending on the trim, look for Bluetooth hands-free communications, an AM/FM stereo with 4 or 6 speakers, and satellite radio, along with the already-mentioned standard USB port.
Options boil down to many of the traditional standard features on higher trims becoming available to lower trims, with a GPS navigation system and a 506-watt, 9-speaker audio upgrade again on tap this year for all trims except the LX. The flagship 200C is additionally eligible for an available Premium Group with a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather and interior accents, and memory for driver's settings.
Standard safety equipment includes, once more, 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and active front headrests. Look for the post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm to return aboard the 2015 200 series sedan lineup, joined by a new-for-2015 brake drying system, while the 200S and 200C should tote standard front fog/driving lights. Optional LED foglights and daytime running lights, meantime, along with high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights are expected to be available for the 200S and C, while the 2015 200C is eligible for optional adaptive cruise control, parking-assist technology and lane-departure warnings.
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