The unveiling of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 at the North American International Auto Show last week had to be a bit nerve-wracking for the design and engineering teams at Chrysler. I don’t know if you can necessarily say that expectations were high, but there were surely high hopes that the redesign hit the mark. They certainly had the vision. And great ideas. But did the design teams at Chrysler come together to execute them well?
Yes. They. Did. The Chrysler 200 truly has arrived.
Except for the name, there is nothing that resembles the Chrysler 200 of the past. This vehicle has been redesigned from front-to-back, top-to-bottom and inside out. While the old model was a decent vehicle for stocking rental fleets, the new version is one that will cause any mid-sized sedan owner to proudly call his/her own (and then show off to the neighbors).
Under the hood, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the first mid-sized sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Pair this with a choice of two engines and a state-of-the-art, all-wheel-drive system, it’s clear the engineers designed this vehicle for quiet, exceptional handling in multiple weather and road conditions. And, at an estimated 35 mpg, it will no doubt set the standard for economical performance.
At first glance, some have described the exterior of the 2015 Chrysler 200 as anonymous. Plain. Boring. But to those who have described it as such, I only have one thing to say: class is not synonymous with flash. To appreciate the true beauty of the 2015 Chrysler 200, you must consider the soft, simple, sculptured sophistication of its aerodynamic lines and the luxury that lies within. After all, it’s a mid-sized sedan, not a mid-life-crisis, high-octane, drive-it-on-the-weekend sports car. Look closer. There is an attention to detail afforded the design of this vehicle that makes you appreciate the thoughtfulness, creativity and innovation of the Chrysler design team.
My first thought upon seeing the interior of the new Chrysler 200 was, “Wow…there’s a lot of room here. But wait. Something is missing.” Indeed, something is missing. The traditional gearshift has been replaced by a rotary-dial e-shifter, creating more storage space and making the interior of the vehicle seem much more spacious. But it’s not just the extra space. Minute details were carefully tuned, crafting the interior as if it were fine furniture versus the seats, console and glove box of a car. If the folks at Chrysler have anything to say about it, affordable luxury might just be the new norm.
I’ve barely touched on just a few of the highlights that make the 2015 Chrysler 200 great and I haven’t even mentioned the more than 60 (yes, I said 60) available safety features. The updated technology that has been integrated into this vehicle to make driving safer is mind-boggling.
Oh, and did I mention that the vehicle is manufactured at an upgraded, state-of-the-art facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, just north of the Motor City?
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will begin arriving in dealerships during the second quarter of 2014. At a starting price of $22,695, they will certainly be moving fast and Chrysler Capital is ready with finance and lease options to make that happen.
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