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A walk through Chrysler 200's model history

26 September 2019

First generation Chrysler 200 I
U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

In 2009, at the Detroit North American International Auto Show Chrysler presented a hybrid prototype, based on the 300 models. Named 200C, it was the very first time that the nameplate 200 emerged officially.

The actual 200 model, itself, is a revised and quite modernized version of the popular Sebring model. Chrysler 200 is a mid-sized front-engine car (sedan and convertible) with either an FWD or an AWD, manufactured between 2011 and 2017.

The first generation rolled out in 2010 with 2011 as an official model year and included two different body types – sedan and cabriolet. Each type is represented by two modifications, featuring a 2.4 l (175 hp) and 3.6 V6 (287 hp) engines.

The first powerplant is coupled with a four or six-speed automatic gearbox, while the second one comes paired with the six-speed automatic. As an addition, another version of the 3.6 l flex-fuel engines was added. Chrysler’s 200 I steps on the JS platform, mutual development of DaimlerChrysler and Mitsubishi.

The sedan sports higher-quality materials used on the exterior and interior, most notable in the fresh LED lights, better seat cushioning, great sound and vibration insulation. Equipped with a 3.6 V6 (287 hp) it has a combined fuel consumption of 10.7 l/ 100 km (21.98 US mpg/26.4 UK mpg), 12.4 l/100 km (18.97 US mpg/22.78 UK mpg) as an urban and 8.1 litre per 100 km (29.04 US mpg/34.87 UK mpg) for extra urban.

The dimensions are the following: 4,870 mm (191.73 in.) as length, 1843 mm (72.56 in.) as width, the height of 1482 mm (58.35 in.) and the wheelbase of 2765 mm (108.86 in.). The list of important specs also includes an FWD system; independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer as front suspension and Independent, spring multi-link with a stabilizer, as a rear one; vented discs as front and disc as rear brakes.

The modification with a 2.4 l aggregate has an 11.2 l/ 100 km (21 US mpg/25.22 UK mpg) as urban fuel consumption, 7.8 l/100 km (30.16 US mpg/36.22 UK mpg) and 9.8 l/100 km (24 US mpg/28.82 UK mpg) calculated as extra urban and combined, respectively. The kerb weight is 1543 kg (3,401.73 lbs.), while the dimensions numbers are the same as those of the modification with the 3.6-l powerplant. The same is valid for specs details like front and rear suspension and front and rear brakes – identical to the other modification in the sedan generation.

First generation Chrysler 200 I Convertible
Bull-Doser [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Along with the sedan, Chrysler rolled out a convertible version of the 200 model – again, making use of the same 2.4 l and 3.6 l engines and available in two modifications with slight differences in their specs numbers. Both modifications have two doors and four seats and an automatic 6-speed transmission.

The modification with 2.4 l has almost the same numbers of fuel economy as those of the other convertible in the generation with just one difference – the urban is 13.1 l per 100 km (17.96 US mpg/21.56 UK mpg). In terms of dimensions, the numbers are exactly the same. The same is valid for the type of suspensions and brakes.

Second generation Chrysler 200 II
© FCA Press Office

Chrysler 200 II’s production started in 2015 and ended two years ago, in 2017. The generation is comprised only of a sedan, as a body type. The implemented engines are again the 2.4 l and 3.6 V6. However, the horsepower has significantly increased – 184 hp and 292 hp. The transmission is a 9-speed automatic.

There are three modifications in the gen. The first one harnesses the power of the 2.4 l (184 hp).

The second modification, packed with the 3.6 V6 under its bonnet. Concerning the size, it sports identical dimensions as the previous modification.

The last modification, before the end of the entire line, comes with an enhanced 3.6 V6, a kerb weight of 1725 kg (3,802.97 lbs.) and max. mass of 2240 kg (4,938.35 lbs.). Compared with the previous cars in the generation, this modifications shows a solid jump in the fuel consumption numbers.

Chrysler 200 line was officially discontinued in 2017. During its life span, the model has several special updates released.

An interesting detail is that the convertible version was sold in continental Europe as Lancia Flavia, only as a left-hand drive model. The distribution was axed in 2013.