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2011 Chrysler 200: You can’t polish a turd.

Posted in Chrysler, Dodge, General, New Cars, Newsworthy by MrAngry | October 14th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

There are times as a big Chrysler fan when I find it very difficult to stand by the brand – this is one of those times. Behold the new 2011 Chrysler Sebring… err, I mean the new 2011 Chrysler 200! A car that shares much of its styling and underpinnings with the much despised Chrysler Sebring that was introduced in 2007. When looking at the new 200 I immediately get visions of the old Dodge Durango/Chrysler Aspen. These were two mediocre vehicles that Chrysler simply re-badged to suit different audiences. The Chrysler version was of course, more upscale with more bells, whistles and luxury, while the Dodge Durango was more for the blue collar audience. Neither one though was considered to be a great vehicle.

2007 Chrysler Sebring
2007 Chrysler Sebring

The new Chrysler 200 seems to be falling right into the same trap even though it is clad with some shiny new parts. Yes, the front and rear ends have been revamped as has the interior and option groups. That doesn’t change the fact though that Chrysler is essentially pulling the old bait and switch on us again by simply putting new make-up on what’s more or less an unappealing automobile.

2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

The big news about the 200 is that it can be optioned with Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, as well as a much needed 6-speed automatic transmission. I know I’m being hard on the new 2011 Chrysler 200, but until they decide to give us cars that are fresh and new as opposed to crappy old revamps, I feel that my dislike is warranted.

Source: Autoblog.com

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3 Responses

  1. Shahroz says:

    my hopes for the new 300 have been somewhat dampened now !!!

    really hope they dont mess up the new 300 like this one!

    and why call it 200 ?!
    its a shame to see how far ford and gm have come, but good ol’ chrysler is still strolling around

  2. Ladon says:

    Without seeing what they’ve done with the interior how can you make a serious judgment on this? Them adding the Pentastar V6 and a 6 Spd auto seems like the drivetrain will atleast be decent and imo the few shots of the exterior or OK for the market they are aiming for.

    My only issue is with calling it a 200. That leans to it being a sub-model of the 300 which it obviously shares no styling with.

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