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Chrysler is set to unveil new versions of their 200 sedan and convertible at the 2011 New York International Auto Show this week. Dubbed the “S” model, these versions will sport some unique cosmetics.
Features unique to the “S” model are as follows: unique front grille with an S model-only Chrysler winged badge with a black background, body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps, distinctive 18-inch aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and “S” badging.
The interior also gets some upgrades which include, perforated leather steering wheel, heated leather front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered “S” on the front head rests, silver accent thread and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center.
All “S” models will get power from the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, which produces 283-hp and 260 lb/ft of torque. Power is fed to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.
These added features might not necessarily improve this cars driving characteristics, but does make the car look nicer. The 200 S will go on sale in Spring with prices starting at $32,490.
GALLERY: Chrysler 200 S Convertible and Sedan
Plus, get more news and info on the Chrysler 200 at 200Forums.com
Over the last decade, the most popular rental convertible in America has been the Chrysler Sebring. Chrysler is hoping their new 200 Convertible will be just as popular, and has just announced pricing for this new model.
The base Touring trim, which comes with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 173-hp starts at $27,195. That price includes the $750 destination charge. Interested buyers should note that at this price, you only get the folding canvas roof, and not the retractable hard-top.
The Limited model, which does come with the option of the folding hard-top, comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces a healthy 286-hp. Pricing for this model starts at $31,990 (destination charge included).The Limited model also gets heated leather front seats, remote start, a touch screen media center, USB and iPod connectivity, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels, among other stuff.
The new top of the line model will be called the “S” and will feature a special grille, dark headlamp surrounds, unique “tuner inspired” 18-inch alloys wheels, black leather and suede seats and a Boston Acoustics sound system.
All 200 Convertible models come equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels and will be in showrooms just in time for summer.
We aren’t sure if the press shots for the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible are supposed to be ironic, but the lush shots of the 200 cruising through Miami, one of the top vacation spots in the world, are entirely appropriate.
While the motoring press loved the 200 about as much as the Ebola virus, and while the new car is supposedly a step above the old one, that’s not saying much. Hopefully the redesigned interior and 3.6L Pentastar V6 make this car suitable for consumption outside the Hertz parking lot.
For more information on the Chrysler 200, such as news, information and discussions, please visit http://www.200forums.com/
Gallery: Chrysler 200 Convertible
The Chrysler Sebring is one of America’s least liked cars, and the convertible has the ignominious honor of being lampooned on The Office as the official car of Michael Scott, the incompetent, ostentatious company boss.
Chrysler is hoping that the Sebring droptop will get a fresh start when it adopts the new nameplate and look of the Chrysler 200 sedan. We’re fairly confident that the 200 convertible will still drive like a wet towel stretched stretched over a pipe-cleaner, but the Sebring-err-200 will have a built-in audience among rental car companies looking for a low-cost convertible for their fleets. That alone is reason enough to keep the car in production.