Chrysler has gotten generous with their preview images of the 2011 200 sedan. We can’t quite see it from all angles, but there’s no doubt that it’s a Sebring underneath. In fact, it looks exactly like a polished-up Sebring. The revised front end looks quite nice, and the rear is even better. The problem is that these weren’t the biggest issues with the Sebring – the sideview was. From the side, the current Sebring looks like… well like nothing else I can think of at the moment. It’s repulsive, especially in the rear quarterpanel area.
Since Chrysler doesn’t give us much of a look at this part of the car, I’m going to assume that not much has changed. And that makes sense – it’s not really feasible to make changes like that in the middle of a car’s life cycle.
Supposedly the interior is all new as well, which is good news. As far as interior’s go, the Sebring is right about at the bottom of the class. So really, there’s no way the 200 *can’t* be better. No pictures just yet, though.
What about specs?
Yet another weakness of the Sebring is the pitiful powertrain offerings. Chrysler has confirmed that the 2011 200 will have your choice of a 2.4 liter 4 cyilnder engine or the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. Four-cylinder buyers will have their choice of a 4 or 6 speed auto, based on trim.
You knew this was coming, right? Chrysler, it’s two thousand and ten. We’re talking about a heavily revised 2011 model year car. You’re putting a four speed transmission in this thing?
2011 Chrysler 200 Gallery
**Update** It looks like only rental versions of the 200 will get the four speed transmission. Again, I ask, why? Does Chrysler want most folk’s first impression of the 200 to be one with a horribly outdated transmission?