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Chrysler Teases The New Sebring

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On: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 5:09PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chrysler Teases The New Sebring

Previously expected to be called the Nassau, the successor to the Chrysler Sebring is officially the Chrysler 200. Chrysler released some teaser photos of its new midsize sedan, showing the headlights taillights and grille. The car will make its official entrance later this year before production begins in the fourth quarter.

The 200's styling is guided in part by the 200C concept that Chrysler showed at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It has similar headlamps and a smiley shaped grille. Out back the headlights have been redesigned and the overall profile appears less rounded than the concept. The classis lipped-out trunk lid of past Sebrings is all well and accounted for, though.

Under the 200's hood, we won't be seeing the range-extending electric powertrain of the 200C concept; Chrysler will base the 200 out with a 2.4-liter I-4 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. Options will include a 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The new engine adds .1 liter of displacement, 48 horses and 31 lb-ft of output over the Sebring's capabilities.

Other mechanical changes include stiffer subframe mountings, new suspension geometry, new wheel and tire options, and a new rear swaybar. Overall, the 200 will be a more powerful, agile and quieter drive from the Sebring. The Wall Street Journal reports that it will get up to 27 mpg on the highway.

Chrysler hasn't yet teased the inside of the car, but it's expected to get upgraded in the new model. Reports indicate upgraded seating options, a new instrument panel and new materials on the doors and armrests.

Chrysler wanted to change the name to move its midsize sedan in a new direction from the poor-performing Sebring of "old Chrysler." A report in Detroit Free Press back in April indicated that Chrysler had chosen "Nassau," but it has gone with 200, making a more cohesive line with its 300 sedan.

Much like it did with its Durango teaser a few weeks agot, Chrysler has left us guessing as to when we'll see the 2011 200 in its entirety. It did indicate, though, that it will begin production on the new sedan at its Sterling Heights, Michigan facility in the fourth quater of this year.

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