Vehicle Overview

The new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a completely new sedan from the wheels to the wipers, built on an Alfa Romeo chassis, sporting fully modern styling inside and out, equipped with state-of-the-art powertrains and arriving in showrooms later this year. This is the second major collaboration between Chrysler and Italian owners Fiat (the first was the 2013 Dodge Dart).ExteriorThe 200 has a modern design that pulls cues from many different existing cars. That roofline is pure Audi A7; the rear quarter panels are very much Ford Taurus; the rear taillight shapes look like the latest Chevrolet Impala. InteriorThe latest Chrysler interiors have been outstanding, and the new 200 continues that trend. Sweeping shapes and unique materials have been used inside. Present is Chrysler's ubiquitous Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen high in the dashboard, but just below it is something new for a mainstream midsize family sedan: a rotary knob instead of a gear shift lever. The electronic selector is housed in a floating console that features a large storage area underneath that's able to accommodate an iPad, with a pass-through hole that allows electronics stored there to be recharged via plugs in the center console. Under the HoodThe new 200 is based off of the same platform as the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, albeit stretched to fit midsize sedan proportions. As such, it shares some powertrain components with those vehicles as well. The standard engine is the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine making 184-horsepower, powering the front wheels through a standard nine-speed transmission. The optional motor is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that Chrysler puts in just about everything, making a significantly higher 295-hp. It too uses the new nine-speed automatic, but also offers optional all-wheel-drive. SafetyThe new 200 has a number of improvements over the old model, including a significant upgrade in safety equipment and a few segment-exclusive features. The 200 features optional adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, both of which can bring the car autonomously to a full stop under certain conditions if it detects that a collision is imminent. An advanced lane departure warning system uses steering wheel feedback to help with corrective action to keep the car in its lane, and a new standard electronic park brake engages automatically when the transmission is not in Park, the driver's seatbelt is unlatched and the driver's door opens.