2014 NAIAS: 2015 Chrysler 200 unveiled with its new nine-speed transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 14, 2014

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 made its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as the industry’s first mid-sized sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Featuring the new face of the Chrysler brand, 2015 Chrysler 200 will carry a price tag of just $21,700 (excluding $995 destination charge).

According to the American manufacturer now owned by Fiat, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has a muscular yet soulful presence and embodies a strong, sculptured exterior. The vehicle comes with new grille and headlamps, which are integrated for the first time. Chrysler 200 comes with signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED taillamps.

The 2015 Chrysler 200S features gloss black trim and accent pieces rather than the standard bright trim. Integrated dual exhausts are standard and the available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. Inside, the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan features well-crafted materials and comes with striking colors and trim combinations inspired by the celebrated American locations, such as 5th Avenue in New York City, Sausalito, California and Detroit.

The center console has a clever design and comes with a rotary shift knob. A unique pass-through storage feature that the driver and front-seat passenger can both access is enabled by the rotary-dial electronic shifting, a segment first. Chrysler offers a 7-inch LED full-color instrument cluster that allows drivers to receive information and feedback. The 2015 Chrysler 200 features the available award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is offered with a choice of two engines: the 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark I-4 and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The 2.4-liter MultiAir Tigershark I-4 engine generates 184 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque. Using the nine-speed automatic transmission, this engine promises a fuel economy of 35 mpg highway. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivers 295 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Chrysler will offer its customers four different models: 2015 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler 200S model and the premium Chrysler 200C. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will offer consumers 11 different exterior color choices from which to choose: Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat, Phantom Black Pearl Tri-coat (late availability), Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Luxury Brown Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Ceramic Blue Clear Coat (late availability).

Press Release

All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Delivers Highway Fuel Economy of up to 36 Miles Per Gallon, an Extraordinary Driving Experience and Cool Features with a starting U.S. MSRP of just $21,700

Simple elegance, an exhilarating driving experience, state-of-the-art and easy-to-use technology and beautifully crafted, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 charts a new course for mid-size sedan customers who have earned a little luxury in their life, but demand value for their money.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts a beautiful exterior design featuring the new "face" of the Chrysler brand - a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and an Alfa Romeo-based chassis. With the choice of two world-class engines, an innovative all-wheel-drive system, available sport mode and paddle shifters for an engaged driving experience, and estimated highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new Chrysler 200 makes the commute something drivers will look forward to.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 offers the most available safety features in the mid-size sedan segment, and state-of-the-art, easy-to-use technology that keeps drivers and passengers connected. With a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $21,700 (excluding $995 destination) the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a sedan that customers will be proud to own, at a value they will appreciate.

"The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will be the new benchmark for mid-size sedans with an exceptional driving experience, fuel economy of up to 35 mpg highway and exquisite craftsmanship," said Al Gardner, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The all-new Chrysler 200 lays the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler Brand with a timeless, elegant design; clever functionality; a standard nine-speed automatic transmission; a class-leading all-wheel-drive system; more than 60 safety and security features and a host of new technology drivers and passengers will value."

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built with pride in Michigan. With a major investment of more than $1 billion, Chrysler Group's Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP), once slated for closure, sports an all-new paint shop using leading-edge technology, a new, fully robotic body shop and an upgraded assembly area, setting the stage for the world-class craftsmanship found in the all-new 200.

Design

Inspired American design and beautifully crafted inside and out, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 transforms what customers expect in a mid-size sedan. The 2015 200 sedan showcases the new face of Chrysler, and incorporates timeless design cues that let the car tell the story.

Clean, expressive surfaces define the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200; it's a timeless American design based on simple elegance. The 200 sedan, with its muscular yet soulful presence, embodies a strong, sculptured exterior that drivers will want to touch and feel. The restrained design is not ornamental or full of line work instead it showcases sensual lines and fluid surfaces, which highlight the coupe-like appearance.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts the new "face of Chrysler." The grille and headlamps are integrated for the first time and the updated Chrysler badge has an emphasis on the wing, which is more defined. The signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED taillamps give the all-new Chrysler 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming and going.

The Chrysler 200S model delivers an exclusive style - darker, more sinister - not found on other models in the lineup, or in the mid-size sedan segment. The 2015 Chrysler 200S model features gloss black trim and accent pieces rather than the standard bright trim. The exclusive design of the daylight opening (DLO) trim, the area surrounding the side windows, is gloss black - the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only vehicle in the segment with this feature. Integrated dual exhausts are standard and the available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. The more sinister appearance of the 2015 200S model complements the sportier driving experience the S model delivers.

The interior of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan provides the "wow" factor. Exquisitely crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail, the 2015 200 sedan's interior is inviting and comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on commutes as well as longer journeys.

Using four key principles - an emotional design impact, use of high-quality materials with honest material execution, state-of-the-art technology and clever storage features - and inspired by classic, thoughtful American design, the interior of the all-new 200 sedan is unequaled in the segment.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan features interior trim and materials that are well-crafted, pleasing to the eye, soft to the touch and comprised of high-quality materials. Attention to detail is paramount and attractive components offer world-class levels of fit and finish.

The striking interior color and trim combinations were inspired by celebrated American locations, such as 5th Avenue in New York City, Sausalito, California and Detroit.

A clever design for the center console, made possible by the state-of-the-art full electronic gear shifting with rotary shift knob, is beautiful as well as functional. A unique pass-through storage feature that the driver and front-seat passenger can both access is enabled by the rotary-dial electronic shifting, a segment first. A clever opening at the rear of the pass-through area allows wires and cables from items stored in the pass-through area to route directly to the hidden power supply located in the covered center console. The center console features innovative sliding cup holders with smooth, furniture-like movement, allowing drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs.

The all-new Chrysler 200 is loaded with state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that will surprise and delight customers. The available 7-inch LED full-color instrument cluster allows drivers to receive information and feedback in the format they prefer, similar to an iPhone. A glowing bezel surrounding the instrument cluster gives off a distinctive, pleasing blue glow. The available screens show information such as real-time fuel economy, turn-by-turn navigation, compass, outside temperature, speed, time and other useful information. The display is easy to use and easy-to-read, which allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 features the available award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center. It is attractive, intuitive and easy to use. Uconnect Access keeps drivers and passengers connected with helpful information such as fuel prices and movie listings. Voice-activated navigation, handsfree voice commands and voice-to-text are some of the available features that allow drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Attention to detail is prevalent throughout the all-new Chrysler 200, as no space was overlooked. Surprising details include a rendering of the City of Detroit skyline embossed on the rubber mat in the bottom of the pass-through storage of the center console.

Engineering

Exquisite style meets exceptional performance. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan leapfrogs expectations in the mid-size sedan segment for comfort, ride and handling. Engineered to provide premium driving dynamics, improved fuel economy estimated at 35 mpg highway, a quiet cabin and an enthusiastic driving experience, the all-new Chrysler 200 delivers exceptional ride and handling characteristics for all roads and weather conditions.

A segment-first standard nine-speed automatic transmission and world-class engines, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with a best-in-class 295 horsepower, add up to an enjoyable, spirited driving experience in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. An available, innovative, state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system includes a "sport" driving mode and delivers excellent performance in all driving conditions. With a world-class architecture and leading-edge technology, the new Chrysler 200 is engineered to exceed customer expectations in every category.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the world's first mid-size sedan to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard. The benefits of the advanced-technology transmission are numerous, including an estimated highway fuel economy of 35 mpg when powered by the 2.4-liter MultiAir®2 Tigershark I-4 engine. The addition of more gear ratios reduces the frequency of speed changes associated with upshifting and downshifting - fluctuations that thwart fuel savings and undermine the driving experience. The high-tech transmission dispenses power smoothly for elevated refinement. Such performance is made possible because the ratio steps between its gears are smaller than those of other transmissions.

Two world-class engine choices power the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan. The proven, award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 generates a best-in-class 295 horsepower as well as 262 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new Tigershark 2.4-liter MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine produces 184 horsepower, 173 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers excellent estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg highway. The new standard Tigershark engine, that powers the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, delivers fuel economy improvements of 13 percent, horsepower improvements of 6 percent and torque improvements of 10 percent compared with the outgoing four-cylinder engine.

A new available sport mode in the 2015 200 provides a spirited driving experience by modulating steering, throttle and shifting inputs, electronic stability control, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus and all-wheel drive for a driving experience customers will look forward to. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the first Chrysler Group mid-size vehicle to offer paddle shifters, enhancing the driving experience for the driver who wants to experience all the car has to offer.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 offers an available best-in-class all-wheel-drive system, which features a segment-first fully disconnecting rear axle that improves fuel economy by operating in front-wheel drive when all-wheel drive is not needed. The all-wheel-drive system features a one-speed power transfer unit (PTU) and uniquely disconnects and reconnects the rear axle - automatically and seamlessly - as needed and at any speed. The disconnecting rear axle disconnects at both the PTU and rear drive module, which improves fuel economy by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed.

Owners of the new Chrysler 200 will appreciate an innovative rotary e-shift dial that replaces the traditional console shifter. The rotary e-shift enables intuitive operation with a direct and confident feel. The convenient, center-mounted, easy-to- operate system provides total control of the sophisticated nine-speed transmission. This new design allows easy shifting and also yields space for more functional and usable storage in the center console.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the first mid-size sedan to utilize Chrysler Group's Compact U.S.-wide (CUS-wide) platform, the basis for smooth on-road performance. The new body structure, including laser-brazed roof welds, delivers increased torsional stiffness, resulting in a more connected driving experience.

The 2015 Chrysler 200's chassis was engineered to deliver sporty European handling dynamics and steering precision with ride and comfort characteristics tuned for North American roads, resulting in excellent handling for the driver with maximum comfort for both the driver and passengers.

The exceptional balance of fun-to-drive dynamics, ride comfort and emergency handling is accomplished through the suspension bushing tuning and the exceptional body structure, including the front aluminum cradle, rear upper/under body structure reinforcement and superior suspension attachment stiffness.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class, aiding improved fuel economy, on-road dynamics, and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The quiet cabin is another positive factor in the superior driving experience.

Safety and Security

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a showcase of advanced safety and security technology, offering a comprehensive array of driver-warning and assist systems and state-of-the-art occupant restraints. The 2015 200 offers the most available safety and security features in the segment with more than 60.

The new 2015 200 features multiple segment-exclusive features, which utilize sensing elements that leverage available ultrasonic, radar, camera and other technologies for a 360-degree view of the road. Segment-exclusive available features include:

Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus: that under certain circumstances and without driver intervention, can bring the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 to full stop
Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus: a Chrysler Group first that provides autonomous braking and, under certain circumstances, slows or brings the vehicle to a full stop when a frontal collision appears imminent
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus: introduces steering-wheel input as well as a warning message in the instrument cluster to alert the driver of inadvertent lane departure and assist with corrective action
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 also offers ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver into parking spaces. The perpendicular park assist function is a segment first.

Also unique to the 2015 Chrysler 200 is the segment-exclusive standard electronic park brake with Safe Hold, which secures the vehicle if the driver opens the door and unlatches the seat belt while forward or reverse gears are still engaged.

Other standard and available features include electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, ParkSense rear backup sensors, ParkView rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, Rear Crosspath Detection and LATCH child seat anchors. In addition, the all-new 200 is constructed with approximately 60 percent advanced-technology steel, which contributes to a strong safety cage and robust crashworthiness.

World Class Manufacturing

World Class Manufacturing principles and an improved, upgraded assembly plant set the stage for a world-class vehicle - the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.

The Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP), home of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, is the beneficiary of a $1 billion investment including an all-new state-of-the art paint shop and a new fully robotic body shop.

The all-new 1,000,000-square-foot body shop features fully robotic assembly for precise fit and finish. More than 1,000 new robots in the new body shop enable precisely crafted features, like laser-brazed roof and trunk deck lid joints and consistent fits on every car.

The all-new paint shop features state-of-the art technologies that offer customers a beautiful palette of exterior colors from which to choose while reducing costs and the environmental impact of the paint operations. The180-degree "rotisserie" rotating carriers ensure the best sealant coverage of all seams in the vehicle. Lasers check that the sealant is applied properly and in the right locations.

Fully robotic paint booths, and the "Round Robot" paint concept where three of the four robots paint a vehicle while the fourth is cleaned and serviced, enable world-class paint coverage for each and every vehicle. Each robot's applicators are cleaned every two to three hours enabling a consistent level of high-quality paint on every vehicle built.

SHAP utilizes a powder primer paint system for the 2015 Chrysler 200, which saves cost and reduces the impact to the environment by utilizing 97 percent of all powder. This is achieved by recirculation of the powder. The all-new paint shop is a "clean" facility, rivaling clean lab environments with dust and contamination control for a better quality paint. Emu feathers dust the vehicles prior to paint application. De-ionization releases the dust from the feathers after each car is dusted, reducing potential contamination prior to paint.

Attention to detail ensures consistent, high-quality paint for every 2015 Chrysler 200. The fuel-filler door is mounted in the passenger window during the paint process for paint application in the same direction as if it were mounted on the fuel filler opening, resulting in matching paint and color consistency.

New paint technologies enable tri-coat paints for a selection of beautiful exterior finishes.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 competes in the mid-size sedan segment, one of the largest segments in North America, with more than 2 million sales annually. Roughly one of every six new vehicles sold in the United States is a mid-size sedan.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the second quarter, 2014. Customers can choose from the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler 200S model and the premium Chrysler 200C.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will offer consumers 11 different exterior color choices from which to choose: Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat, Phantom Black Pearl Tri-coat (late availability), Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Luxury Brown Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Ceramic Blue Clear Coat (late availability).

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built with pride in Michigan.

2015 Chrysler 200 Exterior design

An exquisite yet simple exterior design featuring sensuous lines and the new "face" of Chrysler, and an elegant, well-crafted interior are the hallmarks of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.

Clean lines and expressive surfaces highlight the coupe-like appearance of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 exterior. Inspired by nature and classic American design - Chris Craft boats and Airstream travel trailers - the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan with its athletic yet soulful presence, has a strong, sculptural exterior that drivers will want to touch and feel. It's a timeless design based on simple elegance.

"The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 redefines the exterior design philosophy for the Chrysler brand. We developed an elegant composition of forms that feature clean yet expressive surfaces," said Brandon Faurote, Head of Chrysler Brand Design - Chrysler Group LLC. "The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the debut of the new face of Chrysler which is confidently American. It features a new signature design element that cradles the proudly displayed Chrysler wing badge and travels visually into the headlamps. The coupe-like silhouette flows seamlessly into the deck lid and conveys a sense of speed for a very dramatic, emotional appeal."

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has a simple, elegant, coupe-like silhouette; a few key lines wrap around the vehicle. It's a sculptural design that conveys the essence of the long, drawn-out forms that were found on Chrysler coupes in the 1960s. A unified front graphic, the horizontal design orientation with sculpted body sides and a body line that wraps around the car ties the design together for a singular, flowing aesthetic.

The front of the new 200 debuts the new "face of Chrysler" with a unified look that integrates the grille and headlamps for the first time with a Mobius strip-inspired design that's enhanced by a dynamic grille texture, providing a unique 3-dimensional effect. The central hood forms align and emphasize the new floating Chrysler wing and the Mobius strip repeats the wing shape, further celebrating the Chrysler brand identity.

A signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps give the all-new Chrysler 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming or going. The new DRL debuts a new shape for the 200, starting in the top corner, moving down and then inward, artfully wrapping around the headlamps. The LED package delivers crisp, clean white lighting in all forward lighting positions.

Bright accents visually tie together the available fog lamps in the front and dual exhausts in the rear fascia, as well as the front and rear of the sedan for a harmonious exterior appearance.

2015 Chrysler 200 LX, Limited and C models all feature bright trim in the upper and lower grille of the front fascia, daylight opening (DLO), the area surrounding the side windows, and rear fascia.

The 2015 Chrysler 200's athletic form is highlighted by wide "shoulders" and balanced width, resulting in the most aerodynamic vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment, delivering owners both beauty and purpose.

The mirrors are beautifully sculpted and flow seamlessly off the pillars, and are complemented with beautifully refined door handles that feature a subtle, refined bright accent.

The rear of the all-new 2015 200 has a wide stance, an integrated spoiler and bright trim in the lower rear fascia. The exhaust tips are mounted-in-fascia, delivering precise fit and finish.

Dynamic and vibrant exterior colors build upon the fluid, muscular design cues for an unexpected-in-the-segment aesthetic - one of quiet confidence. Colors such as Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Ceramic Blue Clear Coat and Lunar White Tri-Coat add an air of confidence on the new 2015 Chrysler 200.

No detail was overlooked in the design of the all-new 200 sedan. The wheels were specifically designed for the all-new 200 and feature shapes that blend sensual forms with technical precision. The expressive split, five-spoke design complements the vehicle perfectly. The unique design features on the tail lamps not only have a great aesthetic, but also aid in the best-in-class aerodynamics the 2015 200 delivers. The "200" badge has been updated with a cleaner, more contemporary look.

The 2015 Chrysler 200S model continues the successful S model design DNA by delivering an exclusive look - darker, more sinister - not found on other models in the lineup. The S model in the outgoing vehicle accounted for roughly 25 percent of sales while attracting a younger, more affluent customer.

The exclusive appearance of the 2015 200S models starts with gloss black trim and accents, rather than the bright trim found on other models in the lineup. The DLO surround/molding is finished in high gloss black as well. Integrated dual exhausts are standard on the S model. The available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. The 200S model's sinister look and feel complements the sportier driving experience the S model delivers.

From a distance, the exterior of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is impactful and beautiful, and the engaging design is truly appreciated from up close, where the humanistic design forms and precisely-crafted details are truly valued.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is available in the United States in four different models and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the second quarter, 2014. Customers can choose from the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler S model and the premium Chrysler 200C.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will offer consumers 11 different exterior color choices from which to choose: Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat, Phantom Black Pearl Tri-coat (late availability), Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Luxury Brown Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Ceramic Blue Clear Coat (late availability).

2015 Chrysler 200 interior design

The inspiration for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 interior was classic American design - the Eames lounge chair, the iPhone, Airstream travel trailers - designs that use materials in an honest way, whether it is formed wood, or smooth molded metal in clean, sleek designs.

The interior of the 200 draws the eye to clean, expressive surfaces. It's inviting, comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on daily commutes as well as longer journeys.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 interior is a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality materials, innovative material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features.

"The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 offered us a blank canvas with which to design the interior. We looked at iconic American design and craftsmanship for our inspiration because Chrysler is a classic American brand," said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design. "Formed wood, used as an integral element of the design is what captured our attention and inspired us. Customers can see an example of this approach in the open pore wood trim in the new 200; it's not just decoration, but a structural element that visually 'holds' the components and the instrument panel itself in place."

The 2015 Chrysler 200 interior was designed using four key principles:

Make an emotional design impact
Use high-quality materials
Include state-of-the-art technology
Develop clever storage features that use the interior space wisely
Emotional design

When Chrysler designers started work on the all-new interior of the 2015 200 sedan, they envisioned using unique elements to create an interior identity that was distinctly American and enveloped the drivers and passengers in an inviting and comfortable yet beautiful interior.

The interior has a "wow" factor. It's a striking appearance, one of contemporary luxury but with graceful movement. Hand-sculpted, fluid shapes and clean, expressive surfaces are found throughout the cabin. The fluid shapes carry from the instrument panel around to the door panels. The available open-pore wood trim was designed to visually "hold" the instrument panel in place.

The clean lines of the dash are highlighted by the floating island bezel and the soft blue glow surrounding the gauges in the instrument panel. The components of the instrument panel are integrated in the design for a finished product that is solid and timeless. The instrument panel's sleek appearance is juxtaposed with the architectural detail of the air vents, evoking the exposed structure of a building or vertebrae in a skeleton.

The well-crafted components in the interior deliver world-class levels of fit and finish for drivers and passengers alike. Furniture-like mechanisms such as the sliding cup holders in the innovative center console are sturdy, yet operate smoothly.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 sports the newly designed corporate steering wheel with audio, voice and speed controls. It's ergonomic and intuitive, adding a new level of technical sophistication to the 200 sedan. For the first time in a Chrysler mid-size sedan, paddle shifters are available for the driver who wants a more spirited driving experience.

The centerpiece of the new 200 interior is the innovative center console. The contemporary design is pleasing to look at while offering clever functionality that is enabled by full electronic gear shifting with a rotary shift knob. This leading-edge technology doesn't need the mechanical pieces of traditional shifters that take up space in the center of the vehicle, enabling Chrysler designers to fully utilize the space.

A pass-through storage area at the front of the console is accessible by both the driver and front-seat passenger. A thoughtful opening at the rear of the pass-through storage area allows for wires and cables to directly connect to the power supply and media center located in the center console.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 center console includes an innovative sliding cup holder with smooth, furniture-like movement. The sliding function allows drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is available with three interior choices inspired by the diverse, iconic American urban landscape.

Fifth Avenue in New York City was the inspiration for the black interiors. The City of New York represents a unique attitude - the city that never sleeps. It's high fashion with a rock and roll edge. Edgy, yet classy. The Fifth Avenue interior is black and features black monotone embossed fabric cloth seating or black leather seating with a linen headliner, Satin Chrome accents and is available on the LX, Limited and 200C models.

Sausalito, California was the muse for the two-tone Linen and Black interior. The spirit of Sausalito inspired Chrysler designers with its different mindset: it's a city that doesn't act like a city. The city projects a "oneness" with its environment, a peaceful Zen that is represented by the linen and black interior. With Linen embossed fabric cloth seats or Linen leather seating with a linen headliner, the interior is calming, wrapping drivers and passengers in a comfortable cocoon. Satin chrome accents and black finishes are the final touches for a beautiful, harmonious interior choice. The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to debut the linen interior option. The Linen and Black cloth interior is available on the LX and Limited models.

The tenacious, never-say-die spirit of the City of Detroit was the inspiration for the S model's exclusive Black and Ambassador Blue interior. The interior of the S model embodies the juxtaposition of the City of Detroit - the tenaciousness and never-give-up attitude that created and nurtured world-renowned inventors and craftsmen, a music scene that has inspired generations of artists, and the hard-working people that put the world on wheels with the gritty landscape in parts of the city today. The interior of the 2015 200S model showcases the different personalities by combining cloth and leather materials in the seats and Black and Ambassador Blue colors in the seating and trim. The monotone black cloth and Ambassador Blue leather seating is unique in the segment. Ambassador Blue accents are tastefully placed throughout the black interior in the form of appliques around the door handles, instrument panel bezel and center console. Gloss Black trim and a black headliner completes the look. An optional monotone black leather seating with Ambassador Blue accent stitching is late availability for the 200S model.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C model features either the Black or Linen and Black interior with standard Nappa leather seating, a Linen headliner, distinctive black and charcoal hydrographic accents and satin chrome trim.

The wow factor for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is the premium interior package available on the 200C model. The premium package interior captures the essence of the classic American design, featuring Linen perforated Nappa leather seating with bronze piping and bronze accent stitching, real open pore wood trim and warm chrome accents. A unique, two-tone heated steering wheel rounds out the package.

High-quality materials

Premium materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle - the door uppers, the center armrest and the upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin.

A vinyl-wrapped instrument panel brow, center console arm rest and front door armrests are standard on all models. Available genuine open-pore wood is formed for the specific use and features a layered-edge treatment.

Seats in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, and are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and are available with power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory.

Unique available features, such as the available two-tone, heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and/or ventilated front seats and the expansive glove box large enough to hold an iPad or small laptop, will delight drivers and passengers alike.

State-of-the-art technology

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that are intuitive and easy to use.

The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) 5- or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The easy-to-use driver information display presents the basic information a customer needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add the information they desire, similar to an iPhone.

A multitude of information can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, and safety and security functions such as the ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist feature, audio information and trip details.

The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (a first for a Chrysler brand vehicle) is displayed in the center of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The easy-to-understand graphic walks the driver through the steps necessary to utilize the park assist system. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only mid-size sedan to offer the perpendicular park assist feature.

An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center - the largest in the segment - or the 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command center are attractive, intuitive and easy to use, and are located in the center stack.

The Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate controls, heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, the redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, navigation, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeartRadio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability. Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Chrysler 200. They are: Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker. Like all Uconnect-brand features, it is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use.

A power supply and media center located in the center console provides maximum user convenience.

A premium sound system is available with nine speakers and a subwoofer.

Clever storage features

Thoughtful, clever storage features make the most of the available interior space in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.

The innovative center console is well-thought-out and features a number of user-friendly features. A pass-through storage area at the front of the console is accessible by both the driver and front-seat passenger. A thoughtful opening at the rear of the pass-through storage area allows for wires and cables to directly connect to the power supply and media center located in the center console. An innovative sliding cup holder with smooth, furniture-like movement allows drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs. Covered storage allows passengers to store items out of sight.

Available door map pockets incorporate beverage holders large enough for 20-ounce bottles.

Attention to detail is prevalent throughout the all-new Chrysler 200, as no space was overlooked. Surprising details include a rendering of the City of Detroit skyline embossed on the rubber mat in the bottom of the pass-through storage of the center console.

All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Engineered with Pride for an Exceptional Driving Experience

Exquisite style meets exceptional performance. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan leapfrogs expectations in the mid-size sedan segment for comfort, ride and handling. Engineered to provide premium driving dynamics, improved fuel economy, a quiet cabin and an enthusiastic driving experience, the all-new Chrysler 200 will surprise and delight drivers and passengers alike.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan represents an efficiency milestone, combining world-class engines with a groundbreaking standard nine-speed automatic transmission and available innovative new all-wheel-drive system that includes a "sport" driving mode and significantly reduces parasitic losses while delivering excellent performance in all driving conditions. With a world-class architecture and state-of-the-art technology, the new Chrysler 200 is engineered to exceed customer expectations in every category.

"Chrysler engineers used the latest technological advances combined with a passion for excellence when developing the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan," said Mitch Clauw, Vehicle Line Executive, C and D Segment Engineering — Chrysler Group LLC. "With an all-new body structure, a standard nine-speed transmission and an innovative all-wheel drive system, the 200 sedan has an amazing road presence and is so much fun to drive, we can't wait for our customers to get behind the wheel."

Engineered from the ground up

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan was developed and engineered to exceed customer expectations for satisfaction, quality and reliability. FIAT Group architecture - complements of the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta - is the basis for the underpinnings of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. The Giulietta is renowned for satisfying the most demanding customers in terms of exceptional driving dynamics and agility, and that DNA carries over to the all-new Chrysler 200 sedan.

The Giulietta's proven modular architecture means many models can be built using the same basic underpinnings. The result is better quality and reliability, as well as lower costs and less development time and tooling. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the third Chrysler Group vehicle in North America to utilize the Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) architecture.

The common, modular and interchangeable components allow for modularity of the wheelbase, front track, rear track, front overhang, length and width across vehicle lines. The front-wheel drive platform was engineered to accommodate compact or mid-size vehicles, cars, CUVs or SUVs, as well as front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or 4x4 drivelines.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler's body structure has a high-strength steel content of approximately 60 percent, among the highest in the industry. Hot stamped-, high-strength- and ultra-high-strength steel are used to construct a strong, lightweight, solid vehicle architecture.

The Chrysler 200's chassis was engineered to deliver sporty European handling dynamics and steering precision with ride and comfort characteristics tuned for North American roads, resulting in excellent handling for the driver with maximum comfort for both the driver and passengers.

The exceptional balance of fun-to-drive dynamics, ride comfort, emergency handling and a quiet cabin is accomplished through the suspension bushing tuning and the exceptional body structure, including the front aluminum cradle, rear upper/under body structure reinforcement and superior suspension attachment stiffness.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 features the proven MacPherson strut front suspension, which is renowned for its packaging efficiency and lightweight. Chrysler engineers specifically tuned the front suspension geometry to minimize camber loss, resulting in more responsive steering and handling characteristics and a smooth ride with little to no road noise - all qualities drivers will appreciate.

The stiffness and low weight of the front suspension helps reduce typical rolling noise, keeping the road noise where it belongs - on the road and out of the 200's passenger cabin.

Many key front-suspension components improve ride quality, durability and safety:

Ride quality is improved, in part, thanks to the use of:
Split dome anti-sway bar that optimizes the exchange of forces between the suspension and body, filtering out vibrations
Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers with high lateral stiffness
Solid half-shafts throughout the range that help reduce weight and vibration
Side load coil springs that optimize the thrust axis and help transfer loads on the shock absorber to improve comfort
High-strength springs
Durability and perceived vehicle quality are improved in part by:
Spring isolators interposed between the springs and their support bases to eliminate running noise
One-piece cast-aluminum lower control arms to enhance durability
A third load path, which provides additional safety benefits for drivers and passengers, is created with attachments on the cast-aluminum, flat cross member that are strong enough to absorb loads in the event of an impact. The flat cross member enhances vehicle rigidity.

The 2015 Chrysler 200's front suspension cradle is constructed of high-pressure, die-cast aluminum, which is lighter than more conventional front cradle applications. The cradle also is stiff, helping stop the transmission of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) into the passenger compartment, contributing to the 200 sedan's quiet interior.

A twist blade multi-link independent rear suspension enables European handling capability for those drivers who love to lean into corners and the smooth ride North American drivers covet.

Many key components of the rear suspension improve vehicle handling, reduce road noise and improve durability:

+ Handling performance is improved, in part, thanks to the use of:

+ + An aluminum cross member with an optimized weight/stiffness ratio that improves the reaction to lateral loads

+ + A stabilizer bar with torsional stiffness that delivers sporty handling

+ + Bushings with stiffness characteristics that are designed to maximize handling

+ Road and running noise is reduced through the use of:

+ + Spring isolators between the springs and their support bases

+ + Bushings with low dynamic stiffening ratios that minimize the noise levels transmitted from the road

+ Vehicle durability is improved with the use of:

+ + Steel springs with high fatigue durability that allow for weight containment

+ + Chrome guide rods enable very long durability even under extreme use conditions

The rear suspension cradle is purposely isolated from the body, to reduce the transmission of NVH into the passenger compartment.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan's all-season tires provide exceptional grip and balanced performance and contribute to the vehicle's excellent ride comfort. The standard 17-inch and available 19-inch tires were picked with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. The Chrysler 200S model's standard 18-inch tire puts a priority on steering and handling.

Exceptional handling on the road and in all weather conditions

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 provides a choice of two drivelines for exceptional driving dynamics in all road and weather conditions, standard front-wheel drive or Chrysler's available innovative all-wheel drive (AWD) system. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the first mid-size sedan to feature complete rear-axle disconnect, which reduces energy loss to improve fuel efficiency. The rear-axle disconnect seamlessly switches between front- and all-wheel drive for full-time torque management and does not require input from the driver.

"The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a showcase of powertrain engineering," said Mircea Gradu, Vice President, Transmission, Powertrain, and Driveline Engineering — Chrysler Group LLC. "In addition to exhilarating performance, it delivers the deep satisfaction that comes with owning a dazzling car packed with pioneering technology."

The available all-wheel-drive system uniquely disconnects and reconnects the rear axle - automatically and seamlessly - as needed and at any speed.

On its own, the system accounts for a parasitic loss reduction of up to 80 percent compared with competitive part-time all-wheel-drive systems, which are limited by conventional technology.

The power transfer unit (PTU) and rear-drive module (RDM) are the lynchpins of the system, which proactively engage and then disengage depending on road and environmental conditions. This dramatically reduces spin losses.

As a result, components that would normally contribute to the greatest parasitic loss - driveshaft, ring/pinion, input clutch plates, servo-hydraulic pump assembly and planetary gear sets - are all stationary when the vehicle is in front-wheel drive.

When AWD is engaged, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan benefits from improved traction and enhanced driving dynamics. Sensors gather vehicle data that compel sophisticated algorithms to smoothly distribute torque fore and aft as required.

System triggers range from road-surface changes to electronic stability control (ESC) activation. As much as 60 percent of available torque can be transferred to the rear wheels, contributing to a total driving experience that inspires confidence and ignites passion.

The experience is further intensified when sport mode is engaged, leveraging the AWD system's full capabilities, the benefits of ESC and the unique character of the available award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Sport Mode activation is achieved via the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan's segment-exclusive, standard, E-shift rotary dial. The stylish, console-mounted shifter functions electronically.

In sport mode, the all-new 200 sedan's drivetrain is configured to deliver all-wheel-drive when needed, with torque biased toward the rear. It also modifies the ESC's yaw response for more dynamic handling, while seamlessly adjusting the Pentastar V-6 engine's pedal map for livelier performance feel.

Most significantly, the shift schedule of the segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission is altered for firm, quick engagement - a level of responsiveness further intensified by paddle-shifter activation.

Segment-first nine-speed transmission, world-class engines

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is the world's first mid-size sedan to feature a nine-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard.

The benefits of the advanced-technology transmission are manifested in a range of characteristics as wide as its 9.81 ratio spread. Most noticeably, the addition of more gear ratios optimizes both fuel economy and performance by precisely matching the gear state to the most efficient engine operating condition.

Paired with the standard 2.4-liter MultiAir®2 Tigershark I-4 engine, the all-new Chrysler 200's fuel-economy improves by up to 13 percent in highway driving, compared with outgoing 4-cylinder engine in the previous model.

When equipped with the available award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers best-in-class 295 horsepower, the all-new 200 sedan's highway fuel economy improves nearly seven percent compared with the outgoing model.

The high-tech transmission dispenses power smoothly for elevated refinement. Such performance is made possible because the ratio steps between its gears are smaller than those of other transmissions.

The nine-speed's first-gear ratio of 4.71 accommodates the superior low-end torque required for more aggressive launch performance. Six-speed automatic transmissions - the segment norm - offer first-gear ratios closer to 4.0.

The transmission ratios for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan are:

1st - 4.71
2nd - 2.84
3rd - 1.91
4th - 1.38
5th - 1.00
6th - 0.81
7th - 0.70
8th - 0.58
9th - 0.48
Precise shift schedules combine with the transmission's four overdrive ratios to reduce overall NVH levels.

Owners will appreciate an innovative rotary e-shift dial that replaces the traditional console shifter. The exclusive rotary e-shift enables intuitive operation with a direct and confident feel. The convenient, center-mounted, easy-to-understand and operate system provides total control of the sophisticated nine-speed transmission. This new design allows easy shifting and also yields space for more functional and usable storage in the center console.

Fully electronic, the standard nine-speed automatic transmissions features on-the-fly shift map changing, with manual shifting capability via the available paddle shifters. More than 20 individual shift maps for very specific conditions optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables, such as engine torque gradients, kick down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, hill detection, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map. Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving condition.

Internally, the transmission has four planetary gear sets, two of which are nested for economical packaging. The transmission weighs approximately 30 pounds less than a six-speed gearbox designed for a similar duty cycle.

Of its six shift elements, which comprise four multi-disc clutches and two dog clutches, only three are open at any time. With fewer open shift elements, drag losses due to multiple rotating parts are reduced, further improving fuel efficiency.

Tale of the Tigershark

Efficiency and refinement also are hallmarks of Chrysler Group's 16-valve, 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with the MultiAir2 electro-hydraulic fully variable valve-lift system. The high-tech engine, which comes standard in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, churns out 184 horsepower and peak torque of 173 lb.-ft. at 4,600 rpm.

MultiAir technology, which is exclusive to Chrysler Group in North America, uses a column of oil in place of the traditional mechanical link between the camshaft and intake valves. The resulting precision maximizes intake manifold pressure, significantly reducing pumping losses.

MultiAir2 takes the innovation further by simultaneously controlling both valve opening and closing events to more effectively manage combustion quality. This ensures the appropriate, effective compression ratio and efficient internal exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for improved fuel economy.

Refinement was a key consideration in the design of every Tigershark component, from its fully isolated aluminum head cover with integrated oil-separation system, to its high-pressure, die-cast aluminum block.

Sandwiched between the block and the steel oil pan is a lightweight, aluminum ladder frame with integral oil filter and oil cooler adapter. This lends additional structural rigidity.

The oil pan itself benefits from refinement. Acoustic material is sandwiched between its outer and inner stampings.

The Tigershark's polymer-coated piston skirts and tighter piston-to-bore tolerances contribute to reduced NVH. The cast-aluminum piston, combustion chamber and ports align with the MultiAir2 system for optimal combustion and fuel economy.

Cast-aluminum pistons with a compression ratio of 10:1 are designed specifically for the engine and MultiAir system.

Each bore is fitted with individual oil-squirters in the block that spray oil on the bottom of the pistons and bore walls to maintain cylinder-wall and piston temperatures. This feature also helps prevent hot spots that could lead to knock, while improving performance and fuel economy.

Fitted to the forged-steel crankshaft are new powder-forged-steel connecting rods that feature a full-floating piston pin with diamond-like carbon coating. This further reduces friction and improves fuel efficiency.

Vibration is minimized with the use of a balance shaft module. And to maintain adequate oiling at all engine speeds, the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark features a two-stage oil-pressure relief system that reduces engine-oil pumping loads at low engine speeds for better fuel efficiency.

Other key features of the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine include:

360-degree engine-to-transmission attachment
Coil-on-plug ignition with dual precious-metal spark plugs
Front-end accessory drive with automatic tensioning single-belt drive
Similar to the Pentastar, the Tigershark delivers reduced operating costs because its cam drive, cam-phasing and valve-train components require no scheduled maintenance
Pentastar power

Acclaimed for its power and refinement, the available 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has been listed multiple times among Ward's 10 Best Engines. In the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200, it boasts best-in-class 295 horsepower and generates peak torque of 262 lb.-ft. at 4,250 rpm.

Its defining feature: individual exhaust-manifold runners integrated into the aluminum cylinder-head casting. This not only reduces weight and produces packaging benefits, it increases manufacturing efficiency.

To boost fuel efficiency and volumetric efficiency across the torque band, the celebrated Pentastar V-6 engine boasts variable-valve timing (VVT) with dual-independent cam phasing.

The 24-valve engine's 10.2:1 compression ratio also aids in lowering fuel consumption and improves performance while the variable-displacement oil pump further maximizes fuel efficiency by reducing parasitic losses. The pump is programmed to operate as needed, staying in low-pressure mode below 3,500 rpm, and then bumping up pressure as demand follows engine-speed.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine features a centrifugal oil separator that reduces operating costs by cutting oil consumption.

Its cam drive and valve-train components require no scheduled maintenance. A 60-degree, deep-skirt, die-cast-aluminum cylinder block with six-bolt main caps affords optimal stiffness for mitigation of NVH.

Additional features that benefit NVH control are:

A structural windage tray to complement block stiffness
A structural aluminum oil pan
Direct-mounted alternator and air conditioning compressor that increases stiffness
Select-fit pistons with polymer-graphite-coated piston skirts
"Silent chain" timing drive with inverted teeth for minimal sprocket contact
Contoured composite cylinder-head covers
Glass-reinforced nylon composite intake manifold
Further enhancing the Pentastar driving experience is the specially designed intake manifold, which features low-rumble tuning.

The Pentastar's benefits extend beyond the 2015 Chrysler 200's engine compartment to the environment. A unique paper cartridge replaces the conventional spin-on oil filter and can be incinerated.

Since its introduction in model-year 2011, Chrysler Group has produced more than three million 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engines that have provided customers with billions of miles of reliable service and driving enjoyment.

Power steering system

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan's steering system is designed and engineered for the best performance for the driver in sporty driving conditions, as well as excellent handling and reduced effort during parking maneuvers. With a 15.2:1 steering ratio, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is one of the fastest-steering vehicles in the mid-size sedan segment.

The all-new 200 employs standard electric power steering (EPS). All of the power assist is provided via an electric motor system rather than a traditional hydraulic system. Because the system is fully electronic, the driver experiences optimal steering effort at all vehicle speeds, and there is less noise and better fuel efficiency since there is no parasitic loss from a power steering pump.

The boost, or assist, is variable and speed sensitive, responding to sensors monitoring steering torque, steering wheel speed and angle and vehicle speed. The steering system is fully integrated with the vehicle's ESC system and helps to compensate in split-traction, torque steer and pull-drift (crowned road) situations.

NVH and passenger comfort

Drivers and passengers will enjoy conversations when traveling in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 complements of the available acoustic windshield and side glass, dash construction with inner and outer acoustic pads, and premium NVH insulation.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan offers outstanding heating and cooling performance, including heat up, cool down and defrost, as well as quiet performance.

Engineers used Computational Fluid Dynamics to deliver just the right amount of airflow through the ductwork. A variable displacement condenser continually matches the requested cooling load, which keeps the system stable and helps it operate quietly and efficiently. The central unit doors of the system are electronic; there are no cables, so drivers and passengers experience a more consistent feel when the system is on.

The air outlets are adjusted with rack-and-pinion vein adjusters, which make them both feel pleasant to the touch and give a consistent feel when they're repositioned. Models equipped with automatic temperature control also include a humidity sensor, which creates an automatic defog capability.

Customer-focused vehicle development

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was developed and engineered to exceed expectations for customer satisfaction, quality and reliability. Engineers used Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) to ensure the voice of the customer was captured during the vehicle development process. DFSS folds in voice of the customer data along with lessons learned to ensure every vehicle is of the highest quality possible.

All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan delivers drivers a beautiful, well-crafted, smart sedan with exceptional driving dynamics and is loaded with features that will surprise and delight both drivers and passengers - it's everything a customer wants at a price they can afford.

Distinctive Designs, Craftsmanship and Innovative Features Customers Appreciate, All at an Extraordinary Value

For more than 80 years the Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, stunning craftsmanship and innovative, leading-edge technology, all at an extraordinary value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.

In 2012, the Chrysler brand recorded its best annual sales since 2008 with 307,967 units sold. The 200 sedan set an annual sales record in 2012 with 125,476 units sold. It was the best-selling Chrysler brand vehicle as well as the best-selling car in the Company's lineup. The Chrysler 300 flagship sedan recorded its best annual sales since 2007 (70,747 units sold) while the Town & Country had its best year since 2010 with 111,744 minivans sold.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan enters the mid-size sedan segment by delivering drivers a beautiful, well-crafted, smart sedan with exceptional driving dynamics and is loaded with features that will surprise and delight both drivers and passengers - it's everything a customer wants at a price they can afford - starting at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,700 (excluding destination).

With class-leading and segment exclusive features, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan charts a new course that will captivate drivers and passengers alike. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only mid-size sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, an available 8.4-inch touchscreen media center and 7-inch full-color driver information display instrument cluster, both the largest in the segment; the most available safety and security features with more than 60, including the available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist system and an electronic parking brake with Safe Hold; a best-in-class horsepower available Pentastar V-6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque while improving fuel economy 7 percent compared with the outgoing model and a class-leading all-wheel drive system with rear axle disconnect for improved fuel efficiency.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 competes in the mid-size sedan segment, the largest car segment in North America, where roughly one in six sales are a mid-size sedan, averaging more than 2 million sales a year.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is available in four different models in the United States and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the second quarter 2014. Customers can choose from the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX, Chrysler Limited, Chrysler 200S or the premium Chrysler 200C model. The 200 is designed, engineering and built in Michigan. Chrysler Group's newly improved Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant is the home of the 2015 Chrysler 200.

2015 Chrysler 200 LX model - $21,700 starting U.S. MSRP (excluding destination)

The Chrysler 200 LX model delivers a simple, elegant design, world-class craftsmanship, fuel economy estimated at 35 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, a beautiful interior with an innovative center console with sliding cup holders and concealed charging/media center and exceptional driving dynamics all for a starting MSRP of just $21,700 (excluding destination), $95 less than the outgoing model.

The 200 LX model is powered by the new 2.4-liter MultiAir®2 Tigershark I-4 engine which produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering excellent fuel economy of at least 35 miles per gallon highway (a 13 percent improvement) and improved horsepower (six percent more) and torque (10 percent more) compared with the outgoing four-cylinder engine. It is mated to the segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes: Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform and high-strength steel body; full electronic gear shifting with rotary e-shift knob; electric power steering; keyless entry with panic alarm; Keyless Enter N' Go push button start; air conditioning with micron filter; premium cloth bucket seats; manual six-way driver's seat adjust; six-way manual adjust passenger seat with height adjuster; 60/40 split rear passenger seat with trunk pass-through; full center console with driver/passenger pass-through and sliding cup holder; 12-volt power outlets in media center charging station and front-passenger side of the center console; audio jack input for mobile devices; remote USB port; front center sliding armrest; rear-seat armrest with storage cup holders; Uconnect 3.0 AM/FM radio with four speakers; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; urethane steering wheel; tilt/telescopic steering column; front-seat-back map pockets; overhead incandescent map lights; ambient LED interior lighting; passenger assist handles; rearview day/night mirror; sun visors with vanity mirrors; mini overhead console; standard instrument cluster with tachometer; speed control; variable intermittent windshield wipers; dual-note electric horns; lit, locking glove box; 8 standard air bags; electronic stability control; traction control; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; brake assist; front-seat active head restraints; rear-seat head restraints in all three seating positions; electronic park brake with Safe Hold; tire-pressure monitoring display; solar-control glass; tinted windshield glass; body-color power mirrors; power windows with driver one-touch up/down; speed-sensitive power locks; Eco-driving feedback display; LED tail lamps; front, halogen, automatic headlamps with headlamp off time delay; daytime running lamps; security alarm; body-color fascias; bright grille; body-color door handles; underbody aerodynamic treatment; 600-amp maintenance-free battery; 160-amp alternator; 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers; inflator tire service kit and 15.8-gallon fuel tank.

Optional equipment and packages for the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX available: Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen AM/FM media center.

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited model - $23,255 starting U.S. MSRP (excluding destination)

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited model is expected to be the volume model for the 200 lineup and is packed with a surprising amount of standard and available features. The 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited model includes all the standard equipment found on the LX model as well as: bi-function halogen projector headlamps; acoustic front door glass; Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM, Bluetooth, touchscreen media center; power front driver and passenger windows with one-touch up/down; compass gauge, front courtesy/map lights; six-speakers; compact spare tire and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Optional equipment and packages on the Chrysler 200 Limited model includes: power sunroof; SiriusXM Radio; 18-inch aluminum wheels; Convenience Group and Comfort Group.

2015 Chrysler 200S model - $24,495 starting U.S. MSRP (excluding destination)

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200S model offers a distinctive, more sinister style and sportier driving experience. The 200S model features the standard equipment of the Limited model as well as: black cloth seats with Ambassador Blue leather trim; power, eight-way driver seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; deluxe door-trim panel; tinted, fog lamps; gloss black exterior accents; gloss black daylight opening trim; dual bright mold-in-fascia exhaust tips; 200S badge acoustic windshield glass; power, heated fold-away mirrors; rearview mirror with microphone; performance, sport suspension; 3.251 final drive ratio; 730 amp maintenance-free battery and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Optional equipment and packages include: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; all-wheel drive; dual-pane panoramic sun roof; high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps; 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels; Premium Lighting Group and Navigation and Sound Group I.

2015 Chrysler 200C model - $25,995 starting U.S. MSRP (excluding destination)

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C model provides the discerning customer premium amenities at an affordable price point.

The 200C includes the standard equipment of the 200S model as well as premium Nappa leather seats; heated front seats; six-way power passenger seat; premium 7-inch full-color driver information display instrument cluster; ParkView rear backup camera; remote start; rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, premium door trim panels; two-door passive entry; dual-zone automatic temperature control with front and rear climate control outlets; universal garage door opener; humidity sensor; footwell courtesy lamps; exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals; chrome exterior accents; bright door handles; hidden exhaust; four-wheel independent touring suspension; 17-inch aluminum polished wheels.

Optional equipment and packages include: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; all wheel drive; dual-pane panoramic sun roof; 19-inch aluminum wheels; SafetyTec Package; Premium Group; Navigation and Sound Group I and Premium Lighting Group.

Optional package content

Comfort Group: Dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, humidity sensor, rear air conditioning and heat ducts and remote start system
Convenience Group: Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, one-year SiriusXM Radio service, ParkView rear backup camera, power eight-way driver's seat, power four-way driver lumbar adjust, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and body-color power, heated mirrors
Navigation and Sound Group I: Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM, SiriusXM Radio, HD radio, Bluetooth with 8.4-inch touchscreen display; Uconnect Access; HD radio; GPS Navigation; rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone, 506-watt amplifier and nine speakers and subwoofer; SiriusXM Travel Link; SiriusXM Traffic and with the 200S model, premium 7-inch full color driver information display instrument cluster
Premium Group: Premium, perforated Nappa leather seating with ventilated front seats; heated, two-tone leather steering wheel with audio controls; genuine open pore wood with bronze chrome accents; radio/driver's seat/HVAC with memory; 115-volt power outlet, exterior mirrors with memory and luxury door trim panel
Premium Lighting Group: HID headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps
SafetyTec Group: Adaptive Cruise Control Plus with Stop and Go; Advanced Brake Assist; Forward Collision Warning Plus, which will bring the vehicle to a stop at low speeds in certain conditions; Lane Departure Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; rain-sensitive windshield wipers and SmartBeam headlamps
Uconnect 5.0: 5.0-inch touchscreen display; Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth; rearview mirror with microphone and GPS antenna input
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is designed, engineered and built in Michigan.

2015 Chrysler 200 Demographics

The primary customer for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is motivated to succeed and works hard. The buyer is smart about what they purchase, but is willing to pay more for high quality. They want a vehicle that matches their achievements; one that is practical yet advanced and has an interior with a wow factor.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 customer is split with roughly 57 percent of the customers male and 43 percent of the customers female. The primary customer has a median age of 35 and a median household income of $76,000. They are a college graduate and married without children at home.

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