By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com / Photos FCA
The all new 2015 Chrysler 200C Sedan charts a new course for mid-size sedans, captivating drivers and passengers with its simple elegance, extraordinary driving experience and cool features.
Clean, expressive surfaces define the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C; it’s a timeless American design based on simple elegance, 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 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, LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps give a distinctive, recognizable look coming and going.
Exquisitely crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail, the 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. 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 200C 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.
In addition, the 2015 Chrysler 200C features the available 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.
Engine and Transmission
Two engine choices power the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C sedan. The proven, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 generates 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 36 mpg highway. The new standard Tigershark engine, 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.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 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 upshifting and downshifting fluctuations that thwarts fuel savings and undermines 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.
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 a driving experience customer will look forward to. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C 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 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; 60 safety and security features and a host of new technology drivers and passengers will value.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $26,625.00; the one I drove included the Customer Preferred Package 26N, Premium Group, Navigation and Sound Group I, 3.6-Liter V6 24 Valve VVT Engine and Premium Lighting Group and it came in at $34,095.00 including destination charge.