It’s being called the “new” face of the Chrysler brand, so just what’s new about the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 – besides absolutely everything?
While they may not have reinvented the wheel, Chrysler Group engineers did manage to put a fresh spin on countless groundbreaking features in the new Chrysler 200. Here’s a look at the top seven new features.
- The new 200 is the world’s first mid-size sedan to feature a segment-first, standard, nine-speed automatic transmission that will optimize fuel efficiency.
- An innovative rotary e-shift dial replaces the traditional console shifter, creating a unique pass-through storage feature in the center console. Perfect for purses, ladies!
- The Chrysler 200 sedan’s available all-wheel-drive system is the first to deliver an automatic fully disconnecting rear axle. What this means to you is that fuel economy will be improved when all-wheel drive is not needed.
- With the available parallel and perpendicular park assist system, the 200 can practically park itself. The perpendicular park assist function is a segment first.
- The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts the new “face of Chrysler.” The grille and headlamps are integrated for the first time and the updated Chrysler brand badge has an emphasis on the wing, which is more defined.
- The new body structure, including laser-brazed roof welds, delivers increased torsional stiffness, resulting in a more connected driving experience and it all sits on an Alfa Romeo-based chassis.
- And before your 2015 Chrysler 200 is shipped to a dealer, it will pass through the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant’s newly added Quality Assurance Center. The center conducts quality audits and detailed technical measurements on more than 400 vehicle functions and houses a material laboratory staffed with an on-site chemist.
If that isn’t enough to seal the deal, a preproduction fleet of sedans were tested, day and night, in extreme conditions from blizzards to deserts, on all kinds of road surfaces, in high and low altitudes. All of those tests added up to more than 17 million miles in Chrysler Group labs, proving grounds and on public roads.
If you drove on the roads left in the wake of last winter’s “Polar Vortex,” you know the Chrysler 200 was put to the test. Go test-drive one in dealerships now, but watch out for those potholes.