2012 Detroit Auto Show Preview: Mopar unveils the 2012 Chrysler 200 Super S

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

Besides the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline, Mopar also unveiled the 2012 Chrysler 200 Super S and promised that it will bring it next week at the Detroit Auto Show. As you can see from the photos, the new Chrysler 200 Super S comes with a new front lip spoiler, satin chrome fog light trim, satin chrome grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles. Moreover, the upper grille is gloss black with a recessed Chrysler wing badge.

The rear of the car features a new trunk lid spoiler, satin chrome light bar and a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings. The design is completed by the new side sills, satin chrome belt molding, black chrome "200" badges and gray or hyper black 18-inch "S" alloy wheels.

Mopar also added a oil-over suspension, which also lowers the center of gravity for the vehicle, a cold-air intake and a new cat-back exhaust. Still, the engine of the car remains the same, which means we will find the 2.4-liter petrol engine delivering 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 Nm) of torque, mated to a four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission.

This engine is capable to deliver an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 21 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 30 mpg highway mated to the four-speed automatic transmission and 20 mpg city and 31 mpg highway when mated to the six-speed automatic transmission.

If you want more, the vehicle can be fitted with the more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivering 283 hp and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque. Mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transmission, this engine has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

For the 2012 model year, the new Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan is all ready to provide a high level of driving experience, craftsmanship, safety features and technology, as well as style and substance -- at a great value. Chrysler has made sure that almost all systems in the new 200 sedan are new or upgraded to ascertain that this offering remains as distinctive and competitive in the mid-size sedan segment.

The latest iteration of the Chrysler 200 features revised front and rear fascias and fenders. Its front end is marked by a new hood, a new grille decorated by the new Chrysler brand winged badge, new projector headlamps, and fog lamps as well as new LED positioning light pipe. Other exterior features of the new 200 sedan include new rear deck lid, new exterior mirrors, new LED taillamps and a new LED center high-mounted stoplight.

Olivier Francois, president and chief executive of the Chrysler Brand at Chrysler Group LLC, remarked that customers now are smarter, and they expect rides to be smart as well – beautiful yet with substance. He noted that the new Chrysler 200 is an embodiment of beauty and substance as delivers style, capability and reliability, as well as comfort and fuel efficiency.

Whatever the purpose is, piloting the new 2012 Chrysler 200 allows its drivers to experience an agile, confident, handling performance – thanks to the fact that almost all parts of the sedan’s suspension -- including 26 of 30 suspension bushings -- have been retuned or redesigned for the 2012 model year while its geometry was completely re-engineered.

Moreover, the new Chrysler 200 features a wider track (plus one inch) and wider tires (from 215 to 225 mm). Chrysler has lowered the sedan’s height by 12 mm and 6 mm on the front and rear, respectively.

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