NEW CHRYSLER 200 REVEALED
Chrysler's upcoming new 200 sedan, described by a dealer earlier this year as a "complete home-run", has been spied this week ahead of an expected January debut.
These new shots mark the first proper glimpse of the next-generation midsizer, and what a glimpse. Caught during filming for its coming advertising campaign, the new 200 was spied without a shred of camouflage.
The new 2014 200 will take on more of an athletic four-door coupe design, moving away from the conventional three-box styling of its unloved predecessor.
Slender LED lights dominate each end of the 2014 model, and the face sees a new grille design flowing under and over the headlights.
The cabin sees a large sweeping dash, along with an Audi-like drive-focused centre stack and instrument cluster. A gear-selector dial is also featured.
Details for the new 200 are thin on the ground, although reports suggest it will ride on a Fiat-derived platform, utilising a version of the architecture found beneath the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Dodge Dart, along with the new Jeep Cherokee an upcoming Alfa Giulia.
Adopting this platform also means that a right-hand-drive model could be on the cards, giving Chrysler outposts like Australia the option of a model beneath the big 300 sedan.
Engine options for the new 200 have not been confirmed, but it is expected that the nine-speed automatic transmission of the new Cherokee will also feature in the Chrysler sedan.
The new Cherokee's 137kW 2.4 litre and 202 3.2 litre petrol engines may also star in the new sedan, sending power to the front wheels.
Watch for details to be confirmed next month, with the new 200 expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show.