Chrysler has officially unveiled the 2015 200, ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show later today.
Looking significantly more refined than its predecessor, the model has stylish exterior with a slender grille that is flanked by LED-infused headlights. Moving further back, we can see a rakish windscreen, a sloping roof and elegant bodywork. Other notable highlights include an integrated trunk lid spoiler and 17- to 19-inch alloy wheels.
Chrysler products have typically had a mediocre interior but the cabin in the 200 is a major leap forward as it boasts high quality materials and an attractive design. Details will be announced later today but we can see a 'floating' center console, metallic trim, an "e-shift rotary knob" and a familiar infotainment system.
Under the hood, two different engines are available including:
- A 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 bhp (137 kW) and 173 lb-ft (234 Nm) of torque
- A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 295 bhp (220 kW) and 262 lb-ft (355 lb-ft) of torque
The engines are connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system which has a "complete rear-axle disconnect" that "seamlessly switches between front- and all-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver."
Speaking of performance, Chrysler says the model is heavily based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and retains its "exceptional driving dynamics and agility." As a result, the car rides on the Compact U.S. Wide platform and promises to deliver "sporty European handling dynamics and steering precision with ride and comfort characteristics tuned for North American roads." The model also has an electric power steering system and a dedicated sport mode.