2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible priced from $27,195

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2011

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring models will have a starting price of $27,195 including destination. What’s surprising is that with numerous improvements, it’s actually cheaper by $1,400 than a similar Sebring Convertible. The 200 Convertible has received several of the improvements done on the 200 sedan, such as a greatly improved ride and interior.

For this reduced price, buyers get a much improved interior and exterior along with a new six-speed automatic transmission, a long list of interior amenities from automatic climate control to keyless entry to Sirius satellite radio, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and slick LED running lights front and back.

Offered as standard on the Touring model is Chrysler’s 2.4-liter world engine. Opting for the V-6 will add $1750 to the base price. For the Limited package, the base price is boosted to $31,990.

The features include Chrysler’s 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 along with remote engine start, a 30-gigabyte hard drive with touch-screen radio interface and USB input, exterior brightwork, UConnect handsfree with Bluetooth, and 18-inch polished wheels wrapped in all-season rubber. Offered on Limited trim, is a power-folding hard top, which adds nearly $2,000 to the sticker price.

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible does not only have its sheet metal upgraded but it also sports a new design for its exterior. The new features include the fascias and the fenders on the front and rear as well as the grille that feature the brand’s newest winged badge.

Among the highlights are its new hood, the new deck lid in the rear, and the exterior mirrors. It also gets new fog lamps and projector headlamps, as well as the LED light pipe the helps emphasize the front headlamps. Included as well are the LED taillamps and the LED center stoplight that has been high-mounted.

This latest offering from Chrysler is fun to drive yet guarantees handling performance and confident driving no matter what the situation is, whether it’s used for an out-of-town trip for the weekend or for daily trips to work. Improvements were also seen on most of its suspension.

In fact, for the 2011 model year, 22 out of the 28 suspension bushings have either been redesigned or retuned. Its track is wider by 1 inch with the tire width increased to 225 mm from 215 mm. In terms of height, the Chrysler 200 Convertible has its front lowered by as much as 12 mm while the rear was lowered by 6 mm, giving it a more substantial and wider stance.

Customers who manage to get in the driver’s seat will not only be able to drive more confidently but they will also get to experience lower risks of a body roll. The enhancements also reduce vehicle shake when driving over uneven road surfaces and also improved isolation when driven on rough roads.

The addition of new premium tires helps improve the steering precision, increase the grip, and even improve the feel and response. Enhancing the driving experience of the 200 Convertible even further is the improved powertrain lineup. The Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers not only an exciting driving experience but even offer what may be said as the best of two worlds, an engine that has amazing V-6 horsepower but with excellent fuel economy.

Paired with the six-speed 62TE transmission, the engine delivers 283 horsepower with maximum torque measured at 260 lb.-ft. Fuel economy meanwhile has been rated at 29 mpg highway and 19 mpg city. In addition, the brand’s World Gas 2.4-liter engine has also been recalibrated and then coupled with a six-speed transmission in order to achieve a driving experience that is fun and fuel-efficient.

Thus, the I-4 2.4-liter engine delivers a power output of 173 horsepower and maximum torque at 166 lb.-ft. Its EPA fuel economy has been rated at 18 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Even the interior was enhanced as one can see that the level of comfort, content and even craftsmanship was increased to world-class levels.

Helping with the transformation of the driver’s seat to one with a classy ambience are the brand’s steering wheel, bezels, gauge face, and one-piece instrument panel. The seats have not only been upgraded but come with a new design that integrates additional cushion material and even modified spring geometry.

Customers will also love its front-passenger seats and six-way power driver plus the inclusion of the new leather and new cloth seating materials that result in enveloping both the drivers and the passenger.

In addition, designers made sure that the Chrysler 200 would offer new "soft touch" armrests and a new instrument panel. The interior also has premium interior finishes with touch points that are not only pleasing to the touch, but to the eye as well. Rounding out the wonderful details of the interior are the heating outlets and cooling outlets found in the instrument panel, resulting in improved design and better functionality.

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