Seat Time: 2015 Chrysler 200

March 21st, 2014 at 4:28pm

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Make: Chrysler
Model: 200
Model Range: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
Trim Levels: LX, Limited, 200S, 200C
Price Range: $22,695 LX; $24,250 Limited; $25,490 200S; $26,990 200C
Made in: Sterling Heights, MI
Drivetrain: 2.4L I-4, 184hp; 3.6L V6, 295hp; 9-speed automatic transmission
EPA Ratings: Not Available

Read on for Seamus McElroy‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • 2015 Chrysler 200CNew exterior and interior design
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Rotary gear selector
  • 11 different exterior color choices
  • Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus – can bring vehicle to a stop without driver

Final Impression:
The mid-size sedan segment is one of the largest and most competitive in the U.S. That’s why Chrysler desperately needed to update the 200. And the new one holds up to the competition.

The styling is more elegant and upscale than the previous model and features a new signature grille with the winged Chrysler logo. If it looks somewhat reminiscent to the Dodge Dart, there’s a reason for that. The 200 and Dart, along with the Jeep Cherokee, all share a platform and some components. Inside is just as nice, with soft touch materials in all the right spots and the layout of the climate and infotainment controls creates a nice cockpit-like feel.

Two engines are available. A 2.4L Tigershark inline 4-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque, which Chrysler says is 13 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. And a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, is also offered. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 200 is offered in both front and all-wheel drive. I drove both engines with front-wheel drive. Each engine performed well in the hilly, twisty back roads of Kentucky. The 4-cylinder was particularly impressive and isn’t that much of a step down from a power standpoint from the V6.

Overall I liked the new 200, it’s definitely a step up from the previous model. But as I mentioned it’s in a very competive segment, so the company is going to have to find a way to break through and get the attention of car buyers.

4 Comments to “Seat Time: 2015 Chrysler 200”

  1. Earl Says:

    Chrysler has to price this car below the competition by 500 to a 1000 if they plan to sell many. Based on reputation this car has a lot of convincing to do. I don’t think it will affect Camry,Fusion,Altima or Accord sales at all for the foreseeable future.

  2. stas peterson Says:

    Chrysler continues its comeback. Chrysler is offering new competitive vehicles to the heart of market products, the compact and mid-size sedans and the mid-size Cuv await only a compact and sub-compact Cuvs replacements. New offerings are nearing introduction later this year, along with restyled large cars. Then the entire volume products lines will be all new, and very competitive.

    Having used the Dart and Cherokee as testbeds and (unintentional) teething versions, the 200 is now released with all or most of its new technology like Multi-Air Gen II WGEs and 9 speed automatics, previously exposed and debugged.

    The only thing missing is DI for its gasoline engines and a diesel offering. I suspect FCA is awaiting the coming of low sulfur gasoline in America, which will cure the problems others are having with DI. As for a diesel offering, the small MultiJet II diesels are still not fully EU VI and T2B5 compliant, but that will come in due time.

    The 200 chassis is well received for its handling and ride. As time passes, I expect a smaller 3.0 liter PentaStar to appear too, in conjunction with a mild turboed I-4.

    Speculating even further out, Chrysler is further ahead in creating a Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition, HCCI, offering than most other manufacturers. Its Multi-Air individual cylinder fully variable valve duration and lift control, provides most of the fine individual cylinder charge control needed for such HCCI, or semi-diesel operation.

    Such an engine offering would offer an improvement in fuel economy greater than a diesel, without the heavy weight of a diesel engine, (usually a few 100#s), nor the cost and complexity of a diesel clean up emissions equipment suite.

    That should take these vehicles into the mid-high 40s EPA numbers, later in the decade.

    HCCI will require higher compressions and Otto engines designed for such compressions and boosting. Both the PentaStar and WGEs were designed from the start for such higher compression operation, fortunately. Ford had to prematurely scrap its light-weight optimized Duratec engine families and replace them to support its Ecoboost offerings.

    I hope this launch goes well and smoothly.

  3. RumNCoke Says:

    Is that an electronic parking brake I see on the console? Ugh. I hate those things.

  4. vrmchris Says:

    hello to all.

    i like the new 200. it has its own style compared to the other mid-size sedans (even though it takes elements from other competitors), yet it offers things that it competitors do not just yet.

    if chrysler continues to improve like this, it will be at the expense of hyundai/kia and others.

    yes, it does have an electric parking brake. unfortunately, that is something we have to get used to. it is not going to go away any time soon.

    thank you mr. mcelroy for offering this forum.