Among midsize sedans, the Chrysler 200 was one of the smallest. This model was introduced in 2011, effectively a mid-product-cycle overhaul and name change for the Chrysler Sebring. Offered as a sedan and convertible initially, only the sedan was made beginning in 2015. The 200 was supposed to complement the full-size Chrysler 300, but it never approached its larger stablemate in appeal.
Chronicling the Changes
2017 — Chrysler renames the 200’s trim levels, although that does not yield a corresponding update to the model line. This model continues for what turns out to be its final year.
2016 — Marking the brand’s milestone, a 90th anniversary package is available this year. Few other changes of note other than the front seats are now firmer.
2015 — Chrysler introduces an all-new and second-generation 200. Gone is the convertible; only the sedan remains. The new model is a complete departure from the earlier 200, with modern exterior styling, an upscale interior, and cutting-edge technologies to bear. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard; a 3.6-liter V6 is available. Both engines work with a 9-speed automatic transmission. And for the first time, Chrysler offers available all-wheel drive, an option with the V6 engine.
Second-Generation Chrysler 200
2014 — Chrysler retires the base LX’s four-speed automatic transmission, swapping it for the six-speed automatic found in the other grades.
2013 — Minor package shuffling highlights this year’s changes.
2012 — Following its 2011 introduction, the Chrysler 200 is unchanged for its second year.
2011 — The Chrysler 200 debuts, replacing the previous Chrysler Sebring. Although built on the same platform as the outgoing model, the new 200 receives a new facelift, an updated interior, an all-new V6 engine, and a tuned suspension system. The earlier 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine continues as the standard motor. Like the Sebring, the 200 comes in sedan and convertible body styles – there is no hard top coupe available.
First-Generation Chrysler 200
Chrysler 200 Considerations
The Chrysler 200 never made much of a dent in a very competitive segment. Models such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima have long dominated. Even the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion enjoyed much greater success.
When offered new, the 200 Convertible was pricey, especially at the top end. But a convertible is such a rarity for this segment, that this body style most likely will command a larger price than the sedan.
See Also — The Not-So-Mini Chrysler Pacifica
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