Determined to remove “Sebring” from your vocabulary, Chrysler has uncovered the upcoming 200 Convertible. Like its sedan counterpart, this revitalized model carries forward the body-in-white and core engineering from last year, yet it is transformed by refinements throughout—more so than one could reasonably expect from an automaker that so recently emerged from financial disaster. (Read our Chrysler 200 first drive.)
The Sebring was always distinguished for being a rare affordable, four-seat convertible for the masses. That virtue continues, though it is joined by a freshened, more premium interior, dramatically improved suspension, strong new powertrain, and a retractable hardtop.
Like in the 200 sedan, the convertible touts a cabin with soft-touch surfaces, tasteful brightwork accents, and straightforward controls. An uplevel audio system adds sizzle, with AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3, plus Sirius radio and a 30-gig hard drive for music storage.
The suspension has been almost entirely redesigned and retuned, with 22 of 28 bushings being new and notable tire upgrades. The result is a more supple, controlled ride that feels several notches more sophisticated than in the old car.
Powertrains start with the base four-cylinder “world” engine with six-speed automatic transmission. The real magic is with the new 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, a torquey, smooth V-6 that really shines in the growing number of Chrysler and Dodge car applications. (It is less glorious in the heavier SUVs we’ve sampled.)
There will be three trim levels offered: Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring model, 200 Convertible Limited model, and the 200 Convertible S. The S will be a later addition.
More trim-specific details and pricing will be announced closer to when the 200 Convertible drops its top at showrooms.
Read our recent Chrysler 200 review.
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