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Report: Sportier Chrysler 200S Coming Mid-2011


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Report: Sportier Chrysler 200S Coming Mid-2011

By Nelson Ireson


December 16th, 2010


The Chrysler 200, as re-worked as it is, still looks a lot like a Sebring to us. It's better--far better--than its predecessor, but we're still not sold on the transmogrification. The sportier Chrysler 200S, however, may just be the upgrade we're looking for.

It won't be a world-beater, but it'll be a much improved car, perhaps even ahead of some of its American rivals, if the list of improvements bear out in real-world tests. The planned upgrades? Better suspension setup, grippier tires, new wheel choices, and a host of appearance options inside and out--all the better to erase as many remaining traces of Sebring as possible.

So far, the news is tenuous at best, but given the surprisingly different-looking car rolled across the stage at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show compared to what was shown on the floor, it may already be a done deal, simply awaiting official unveiling.

An official announcement could come as soon as the Detroit Auto Show, though with a mid-2011 launch date, Chrysler may wait until New York to pull back the curtain.




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By Mark Kleis

When Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy last year the automaker knew it had some ground to make up, but it had limited funds in order to make it happen. While some vehicles were given complete redesigns, the Sebring was given a very thorough, but not quite “all new” working over for 2011.

That new car, the Chrysler 200, has been mostly well received, but the chief complaints of the car were centered around its driving dynamics in comparison to some of the segment leaders. To address that, Chrysler has apparently been preparing a 200S variant, according to Allpar, and that sport-minded car will arrive in mid-2011.

Although the source says it does indeed have confirmation that the car is in fact coming, it is relegated to speculate as to what exactly the changes will be. the belief is that the car will feature the expected cosmetic aero tweaks, wheels and tires, likely suspension changes and lowered ride height, as well as a revised interior to complete the sporty theme.

With a mid-2011 arrival date for the 200, expect the 200S to make its debut as a 2012 model year vehicle.



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