Next-generation Chrysler 200 will be a beautiful and relevant vehicle, says Ralph Gilles

Article by Christian A., on January 21, 2013

The Chrysler 200 is the next by-product to come from the overhaul that Fiat planned for Chrysler ever since it acquired the American company. So far, other models that came previously were the 2013 Dodge Dart, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2013 SRT Viper. Chrysler chief designer Ralph Gilles has described the Chrysler 200 to be a “beautiful and relevant vehicle.”

Gilles told WardsAuto that the next-generation 200 will not share any surface language with other Chrysler models. Several Chrysler executives have asserted that the upcoming 200 will let go of its Sebring heritage and serve as a serious rival in the midsize sedan class. From Fiat-Chrysler’s product plans in the past, it can be concluded that when the new Chrysler 200 arrives next year, it will use the same CUSW underpinnings seen on the Dart.

This platform is wider and longer than Alfa Romeo’s compact platform used for the Giulietta hatchback. Very few details about the new 200 have been released. We don’t know yet if it will stay as a sedan or turn into a hatchback or a slinky four-door coupe.

But then, it’s likely to use the nine-speed automatic transmission, which will be introduced in the 2014 Jeep Liberty later this year. This transmission will also be used on the Dart so it’s probable that since it uses the same platform as the Dodge and the Jeep, it would get the same transmission too.

Wards said that the Dodge Avenger twin of the Chrysler 200 will be halted but it has been reported in the past that Dodge will get a midsize crossover instead of the Avenger.

Chrysler’s compacts won’t be the only models to get Alfa Romeo DNA. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that the company is working on a follow-up to the Dodge Challenger. This car would use the rear-wheel drive platform used on Alfa’s BMW 3 Series-fighter. This implies that the new car would be smaller than the present Challenger.

Just by looking at the exterior or the interior of the new 2015 Chrysler 200, this midsize sedan unmistakably features an inspired American design. For the 2015 model year, the new Chrysler 200 wears the brand’s new face while adopting several design cues from its past.

The new 2015 Chrysler 200 is distinguished by clean yet expressive surfaces – attributes of a timeless American design derived from simple elegance. Its sculptured exterior allows the new Chrysler 200 to don a muscular yet emotional presence. Instead of featuring an array of undesirable lines or other exterior decorations, the exterior of the new 200 sedan is laden with fluid surfaces and sensual lines.

Interestingly, the new face of Chrysler makes its debut on the 2015 Chrysler 200. This new face integrates the grille and headlamps while featuring an updated Chrysler badge and a more defined wing. The new face also includes the lighting units of the 2015 Chrysler 200 -- light pipe, available LED daytime running lamps as well as LED fog lamps. On the rear, the new Chrysler 200 also features LED units as taillamps.

One version of the sedan – the 2015 Chrysler 200S model – comes with a more aggressive, darker and exclusive styling. Instead of the usual bright trim, the new 2015 Chrysler 200S model has its trimmings and accent pieces finished in gloss black. Likewise, the daylight opening (DLO) trim is also finished in gloss black. The new Chrysler 200S also feature integrated dual exhausts as standard. Customers may choose to boost the dark theme of the Chrysler 200S by availing of the optional 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels.

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