By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com
The All new 2015 Chrysler 200S sedan charts a new course for mid size sedans, captivating drivers and passengers with its simple elegance, an extraordinary driving experience and cool features.
The Chrysler 200S model delivers an exclusive style, darker and 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 trim, the area surrounding the side windows, is gloss black. Integrated dual exhausts are standard and the available 19 inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look.
The interior is exquisitely crafted with high quality materials and attention to detail, the sedan’s interior is inviting and comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on commutes as well as longer journeys.
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. An 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.
Chrysler 200S is loaded with state of the art, high tech features and amenities; 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.
Exquisite style meets exceptional performance. Engineered to provide premium driving dynamics, improved fuel economy and a quiet cabin, the all new Chrysler 200S delivers exceptional ride and handling characteristics for all roads and weather conditions.
The 2015 Chrysler 200S is the world’s first mid size sedan to feature a nine speed automatic transmission, which comes standard. The addition of more gear ratios reduces the frequency of speed changes associated with up shifting 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.
Owners 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.
A new available sport mode provides a spirited driving experience by modulating steering, throttle and shifting inputs, electronic stability control, Adaptive Cruise Control Plus and all-wheel drive for driving experience customers will look forward to. The 2015 Chrysler 200S 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.
Under the hood the 2015 Chrysler 200S is powered by the 3.6-liter V6 24 valve VVT engine that generates a best-in-class 295 horsepower as well as 262 lb.-ft. of torque with an EPA fuel economy estimates of 19 MPG city and 32 MPG Highway.
The all-new Chrysler 200S lays the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler Brand with a timeless, elegant design; clever functionality; standard nine-speed automatic transmission; a class-leading all-wheel-drive system; 60 safety and security features and a host of new technology drivers and passengers will value.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $24,725.00; the one I drove included the Lunar White Tri-Coat Pearl Exterior Paint, Leather-Trimmed Heated / Vented Sport Seats, Customer Preferred Package 26L, Navigation and Sound Group I, 3.6-Liter V6 24 Valve VVT Engine, Premium Lighting Group, 19 Inch x 8 Inch Hyper Black Aluminum Wheels, Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection, and it came in at $33,780.00 including destination charge.