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Old 01-10-2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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News 2015 Chrysler 200

2015 Chrysler 200 Gets a Major Makeover


By Jeff Perez
January 8, 2014

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/2015-chr...153103381.html

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Unlike the previous 200, Chrysler actually put an honest effort into designing this vehicle from the ground-up. The headlights and grille are seamlessly molded into the front end — these new smooth and sophisticated lines really give it that luxury feel the 200 has been endlessly searching for. New wheels are also a big improvement, and in the back you also get handsome new taillights
http://www.carscoops.com/2014/01/201...r-eyes-on.html

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The pictorial floodgates on the new 2015 Chrysler 200 have opened wide releasing a sea of new images of the mid-size sedan model on the internet, following yesterday's release of a single picture and preliminary specifications.
















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Old 01-10-2014, 11:06 AM   #2
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Now thats a nice rental!

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Old 01-10-2014, 11:30 AM   #3
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This car will sell well

It is a ton better.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:31 AM   #4
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Fantastic!

Bring on the competition!!
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:16 PM   #5
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Looks fine on the inside, but I'm sick of jelly bean car design. Kill that **** off and make better looking, less sloped car profiles please. Mazda seems to be able to get MPG without that fugly design.

The sonata, elantra, this car, and any other car that loses definition of it's "a & c" pillars to the flow of the stupid, short, stubby, sloped ends can go die. Time to bring back raked profiles with higher back ends than front ends.

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Old 01-10-2014, 12:17 PM   #6
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On another note... god damn that is a beautiful sedan... Now I need an e36 m3
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:40 PM   #7
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Fiat is doing a good job.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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Looks fine on the inside, but I'm sick of jelly bean car design. Kill that **** off and make better looking, less sloped car profiles please. Mazda seems to be able to get MPG without that fugly design. The sonata, elantra, this car, and any other car that loses definition of it's "a & c" pillars to the flow of the stupid, short, stubby, sloped ends can go die. Time to bring back raked profiles with higher back ends than front ends.
FWD sedan drivers don't give a **** about the classic RWD proportions of the e36. They want interior space, good gas mileage, and reliability. Jellybean works for this. The complaints about the 6 are directly related to interior space. It is a FWD sedan with no sporting pretensions... I.e. Not your market. Why do you care what it looks like?
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:56 PM   #9
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I was talking more the mazda 3, as it would fall into this same segment, but I still see your point.

Look at my car, I've obviously never understood the clamor for bigger seats, a huge table top for an arm rest, or any more room than what is needed to comfortably fit 4 modest americans (read: under 200lbs each).

Either way, if I'm choosing between econo boxes, I'm still going to pick: mpg, looks, price, utility (size). In that order. I see no compelling reason given a mazda 3's design why they can't look good, be cheap, and achieve the reliability and other metrics discussed.

Words can also not express how angry I am that they refuse to come out with another sports coupe I've always loved mazda and their actual performance vehicle (miata does not qualify). So sad they don't offer one atm, or I'm sure I'd love it more than the new stang.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:00 PM   #10
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Color me impressed, that looks great.

Next time the rental company shoves me in a 200, I won't roll my eyes.

Such drastic changes honestly should call for a name change.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:03 PM   #11
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Looks fine on the inside, but I'm sick of jelly bean car design.
^Agreed. I will say that despite the "jelly bean" design, it looks a lot better than the old one. I do feel it is still pathetic when it is news that an American car company is actually "trying" and putting effort into designing/building their cars. That is kind of the way it always should have been/should be. This is one reason I have a hard time being a fan of American automotive offerings these days. I have some respect for Ford, as they have seemed to at least be trying again for a while now and even went so far as to test drive a Focus ST a couple of times.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:03 PM   #12
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200 will be a 6 competitor. The 3 goes against the Dart. I assume the 200 will spawn a new Avenger. The 200 is based on the Dart, but it is stretched in all directions.
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So what does the 300 compete against? The 6 is mazda's full size sedan offering.
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300 competes with the taurus and the chevy caprice/SS
The 6 competes with smaller cars like the altima and camry/accord
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So what does the 300 compete against? The 6 is mazda's full size sedan offering.
6 is technically a midsizer (Camry, Accord, Fusion, etc). The 6 is a bit smaller than their competition, though. It is the sportiest of the category. I love the near RWD proportions of the 6. That great look does come with compromise, though. Like scrappy said, the 300 is a full sizer.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:23 PM   #16
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Ah, makes sense. On another positive note, I'm happy to see car manufacturers offering more neutral light colored interiors. I hate black, but I hate tan more. Nothing looks as good or makes a car feel more roomy than a good light gray interior.
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The interior looks excellent but the exterior is pretty generic from the rear 3/4.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:06 PM   #18
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Wow!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:31 AM   #20
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You guys missed the interesting one of them, the 200S AWD.

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295 horsepower+ in addition to 262 lb-ft of torque and 31 highway mpg+. It is standard on the Chrysler 200S AWD and 200C AWD models.

The V6 engine is also an exceptional value with a low cost of ownership due to exclusive durability-enhancing features and low maintenance requirements. For example, it has estimated oil change intervals of 8,000 to 10,000 miles.
The All Wheel Drive it uses:



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THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AVAILABLE ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM IN ITS CLASS+
2015 Chrysler 200S advanced all wheel drive

The available advanced All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system is an anticipatory, fully pre-emptive system that requires no driver input. It combines a driveline disconnect function, Electronic Stability Controls and powertrain controls in real time.

FULLY DISCONNECTING REAR AXLE
By utilizing an automatic disconnect to the rear axle, the system completely disengages power to the non-driven axle when front-wheel-drive performance is sufficient and fuel efficiency is maximized.

TORQUE VECTORING
Based on conditions, driving style, road surface and more, the AWD system anticipates and delivers infinitely variable torque split combinations between the front and rear wheels to enable optimal traction. The system performs these torque splits in milliseconds.

This system seamlessly engages AWD at any speed, helping to provide excellent traction, efficiency and dynamic performance on a variety of surfaces and under a wide variety of conditions.


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ALPINE® PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
2015 Chrysler 200S Alpine Premium sound system

The available 10-speaker premium sound system was designed in tandem with Alpine® for the Chrysler 200 interior. It offers crystal clear sound reproduction with excellent clarity, amplification and tonal balance. The system, available on the Chrysler 200S as part of the Navigation and Sound Group, includes:

Five 3.5-inch speakers
Four 6x9-inch full-range speakers
An 8-inch subwoofer
An Alpine 12-channel 506-watt amplifier
Digital Signal Processing

9 speed automatic with paddle shifters.




Pricing:

2015 Chrysler 200S AWD:

With Every option: $32,775
Every option except HIDs: $31,980

Not too shabby for a 295hp V6 AWD car with 9 speed auto with paddle shifter, sport suspension, 8.4" navigation, 10 speaker Alpine audio with 500+ Watt amplifier, heated seats and steering wheel, rear seat A/C, etc...
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I predict the car will actually be pretty darn slow despite the 9 speed transmission. 262 is not a lot of torque for what must be a pretty heavy car. Having said that it is worlds better than the car it replaces
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I predict the car will actually be pretty darn slow despite the 9 speed transmission. 262 is not a lot of torque for what must be a pretty heavy car. Having said that it is worlds better than the car it replaces
Weight: 3,402 lb for 200S AWD Sport model
Weight: 3,575 lb for 200C AWD Luxury

The AWD sport is 200-300 less than my current vehicle as well as the '14+ Forester XT Mine does 60 in 6.6 seconds, and the Forester does 60 in 6.2 seconds. That's quick enough for me.

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I predict the car will actually be pretty darn slow despite the 9 speed transmission. 262 is not a lot of torque for what must be a pretty heavy car. Having said that it is worlds better than the car it replaces


That 9 speed, assuming it has a performance mode, will keep the engine in the optimal part of the POWERband. Peak torque means **** all unless you want to speed up without downshifting. When this 9 speed box downshifts, it will instantly be making more torque.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:56 AM   #24
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Yeah, the 9 speed will help, but Chryslers have a long history of being slower than they should be.
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Also, that AWD system sounds interesting with the fully disconnecting rear axle. It basically runs as a FWD, but the AWD system will automatically engage if you put it into Sport mode, the outside temp is 37 degrees or less, when the windshield wipers are turned on, or when the stability control is activated.

In Sport mode, up to 100% of power can be routed to the rear.

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