Chrysler has revealed the Chrysler 200C, a replacement for the much disliked Sebring. There are no plans to bring the 200C to the UK.
Although the Chrysler Sebring is a car you can actually pop off to your dealer and buy in the UK, a chunk of readers on this side of the Pond will know it best from trips to the US as the ugly lump of iron they got lumbered with at the car rental desk.
The Sebring was unloved by car hacks and the motoring public alike; it mixed poor design with poor looks, a poor drive and a poor interior to make for less than dynamic sales. So when Chrysler tipped up to the Detroit Motor Show in 2009 with a 200C Concept it seemed clear that was what was coming to oust the Sebring.
But it’s not. Even though Fiat are now puppet masters at Chrysler, the stylish 200C Concept seems to have been forgotten, at least if the photos of the 2011 Chrysler 200C released today are anything to go by.
What has arrived is a lot better than the Sebring, but a long way from the concept. It also seems to have kept the greenhouse from the Sebring, although that may well be just the photo playing tricks.
The 2011 Chrysler 200C is said to offer better noise levels, a better drive, better quality cabin materials and a more attractive design. None of which would be difficult to advance over the Sebring. It comes with a choice of 2.4 litre 4-pot petrol which appears to come with a four speed auto ‘box (a four speed slush-box? Wow.) or a 3.6 litre V6 with a six-speed auto.
We’ll update when we get more information, but more for our friends over the Pond and those who visit the Land of the Free than for European car buyers. For it seems the Chrysler 200C will not make it here.
Chrysler thinks the Chrysler 300C is enough for us. We think they’re probably right.