A brand new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan was introduced today at the 2014 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.
This new 200 is the industry’s first mid-size sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler expects this will be good for highway fuel economy ratings of 35 miles per gallon when powered by the Tigershark engine.
Two engines will be available: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine producing 295 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, or the standard 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark 4-cylinder engine producing 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque.
Full fuel consumption ratings have not yet been revealed, but Chrysler said the new standard Tigershark engine delivers fuel economy improvements of 13 percent, horsepower improvements of 6 percent and torque improvements of 10 percent compared with the outgoing four-cylinder engine.
An available all-wheel-drive system will include a “sport” driving mode and Chrysler stated it delivers excellent performance in all driving conditions. Chrysler further explained the all-wheel-drive system features a segment-first fully disconnecting rear axle that improves fuel economy by operating in front-wheel drive when all-wheel drive is not needed. The all-wheel-drive system features a one-speed power transfer unit (PTU) and uniquely disconnects and reconnects the rear axle – automatically and seamlessly – as needed and at any speed. The disconnecting rear axle disconnects at both the PTU and rear drive module, which improves fuel economy by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed.
Based on an Alfa Romeo chassis, the new 200 will have a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,700, excluding a $995 destination charge.
“The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will be the new benchmark for mid-size sedans with an exceptional driving experience, fuel economy of up to 35 mpg highway and exquisite craftsmanship,” said Al Gardner, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The all-new Chrysler 200 lays the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler Brand with a timeless, elegant design; clever functionality; a standard nine-speed automatic transmission; a class-leading all-wheel-drive system; more than 60 safety and security features and a host of new technology drivers and passengers will value.”
Chrysler said the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts the new “face of Chrysler.” The grille and headlamps are integrated for the first time and the updated Chrysler badge has an emphasis on the wing, which is more defined. The signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED taillamps give, per Chrysler ,the all-new 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming and going.
Chrysler also confirmed the 200 features the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 will be available in four different models and in 11 different exterior colors in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the second quarter, 2014.