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

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

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