2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Chrysler 200 on Edmunds

2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Chrysler 200 (FAQ)

2014 Detroit Auto Show


What Is It?
2015 Chrysler 200

What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Chrysler 200 is an all-new midsize sedan. The new 200 carries the same name and is about the same size as the Chrysler's current 200, but those are about the only things that are the same. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is redesigned inside and out, has a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines, a fuel-saving nine-speed automatic transmission and offers an optional all-wheel-drive system.

When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Chrysler 200 should be in dealer showrooms sometime in late spring.

How Much Does It Cost?
Base price is $22,795 — $95 less than the starting price of the current-generation 200 — and will extend to the low $30,000 range for a top-trim model.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Chrysler 200 comes only as four-door sedan. There are four trim levels: LX, Limited, 200S and 200C.

The Limited is projected to be the most popular trim level, while the 200S is a sport-oriented model and the 200C is the premium, high-equipment trim level.

How Does It Measure Up to the Current Model?
At 192.3 inches long, the new 2015 Chrysler 200 is nearly an inch longer than today's 200. The new 200 also is about an inch wider, 73.6 inches wide in total. The old and new 200 are nearly identical in height.

That size similarity is echoed inside: the 2015 Chrysler 200 has 101.4 cubic feet of total interior volume, just 1 cubic foot more than the current model. The new car's sleeker roofline has cut back slightly on headroom, though: front occupants have 37.7 inches of headroom compared with 38.4 inches in the current 200; rear headroom in the new 200, at 37.4 inches, is a full inch less. There's a whopping 2 inches more shoulder room for front passengers in the 2015 200 and nearly an inch more shoulder room in the rear. And although front legroom for both cars is almost identical, the 2015 200 offers a big dose of newfound legroom for rear passengers as there is a full 1.5 inches of extra room to stretch out.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder, 184 horsepower, 173 pound-feet of torque
· 3.6-liter V6, 295 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque
· Nine-speed automatic transmission standard
· All-wheel drive optional for any V6 model

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Chrysler says the 2015 200 will be the world's first midsize sedan with a nine-speed automatic transmission. It's expected to help deliver as much as 35 miles on the highway in four-cylinder models although no official economy figures are yet available.

The optional all-wheel-drive system can direct extra power to a single wheel to improve handling and cornering stability, or completely disconnect the rear wheels to optimize fuel economy.

There are several nifty design features in the new Chrysler 200's interior, most visibly the space-saving, delightfully metallic rotary dial for transmission selection. Eliminating the traditional shift lever enables an open, pass-through storage area under the center console that can nestle phones and other personal electronics while a thoughtful opening allows charging wires access to hidden power points in the center console. And speaking of the center console, it is multi-configurable to allow several different options for using the space. Meanwhile, the company's well-received UConnect infotainment interface works through a center-dash screen of either 5 or 8.4 inches.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
All 2015 Chrysler 200 models come standard with seven airbags, electronic stability control and traction control.

The new 200 has a wealth of state-of-the-art standard or optional electronic safety features, including lane-departure warning with active steering correction if the driver initiates an unsafe lane change, full-speed forward-collision warning/avoidance and adaptive cruise control. There's even an optional automated parking feature for both parallel and perpendicular parking.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Fusion: Ultra-sleek and muscular at the same time, the Fusion probably is the family sedan segment's ideal, ah, fusion, of style, comfort, efficiency and technology. The new Chrysler 200 will have its hands full matching the Fusion's all-around goodness.

Honda Accord: Another superb all-arounder, there isn't much the Accord doesn't do well: secure, stable handling, fine fuel efficiency and satisfying power from either its four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Accord's interior isn't as high-tech as the Ford Fusion's, but it's constructed of quality materials. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission is great for fuel economy but isn't as refined as conventional automatics.

Toyota Camry: The No. 1 seller in the midsize-sedan market. Combines Toyota's legendary reliability with smooth, efficient engines, quiet ride and solid, if not flashy, infotainment technology.

Should You Wait for It?
The new 200's swoopy exterior is a delight and its high-design interior is appealing and appears well-crafted. The 200 also has several high-tech driver-aid and safety features that for the moment are unique in the segment. If this combination has special appeal to you, then waiting a few months is a worthwhile option. That said, this segment is full of good choices these days, so if you need a new family sedan now the current crop of choices offers plenty of compelling options.



  • Very nicely done. Sleek and graceful with a nicely styled interior. I am impressed that Chrysler did not include a large, toothy, chrome-covered grill in the styling as traditional American styling might dictate. I hope that the new 200 will drive as good as it looks with long term reliability to back it up. I might look toward the AWD model to minimize the possibility of torque steer in V-6 models. My only concern is that the new 200 is being compared to the Fusion and the Accord. This is a job that should be left to the "affordable brand" Dodge model (if one will be offered). Chrysler should be trying to position the 200 as an alternative to premium cars like the MKZ, TL, A4 and S60.

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Wow, they really nailed it. The exterior is so sleek I almost didn't get it at first. But every element flows into every other so elegantly. The interior sets a new standard for innovative layout and design. Love the white leather with piping. Great wood. And is that blue wood in the sport model? I dig it.

  • lions208487 lions208487 Posts:

    Looks like a blend of Sonata and Fusion, and I think that's a plus. Also, like the fact that Fiat seems to have plenty of input in the design, and they didn't "Americanize" the front fascia with too much chrome. @engineer - I get your point, and I agree for the most part. However, Chrysler products are marketed much like Hyundai, in that they compete both with intro luxury markets and with sub luxury brands. If this 200 delivers on performance, it could easily be cross-shopped both with Camry, Accord, Fusion, and Acura, Lincoln, and Buick buyers. If the V6 AWD 200 is up to par, I could see a Regal or MKZ owner considering a 200 instead. And as you stated; if the reliability is there, I would take a n/a V6 with a nine speed trans over a forced induction 2.0 T, 6 spd Fusion.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    I see both plus and minus in the exterior styling. On the one hand, its swoopy curves and muscular flanks are well integrated. It looks very fresh and modern. On the other hand, it looks like lots of other 2015 cars (especially Hyundai) so it's kind of anonymous, especially from the side view. At least the nose shows unique character, though Fiat-Chrysler seems still to be groping about for a front end style that defines the brand.

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    Very nice design - interior and exterior. I do hope that they delete the "TACHOMETER" and "SPEEDOMETER" labeling in the gauge cluster though. Just tacky and stupid for pointing out the obvious.

  • typesh typesh Posts:

    I think this new 200 has a strong chance at stealing sales from Buick & Lincoln. If you non-tier 1 domestic luxury, it's the best value. Suddenly Buick & Lincoln are extremely overpriced (especially Lincoln).

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    "Chrysler stylists studied details on classic speedboats, among other things" mainly the Sonata and Fusion

  • Very nicely done! I'm impress...very European looking and the quality appears top notch too!! The Domestic will finally crush the [non-permissible content removed] crap imports again. GOOD JOB CHYRSLER!!

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    All those pics and not even one of the trunk. Boo.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    The Limited is projected to be the most popular trim? "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

  • andys120 andys120 Posts:

    A huge improvement but it's part of a disturbing trend of wasting a nice slopeback rear deck by not making it a hatchback.

  • moparfan5 moparfan5 Posts:

    a very nice design along with the other car makers. I miss the old days when Chrysler concepts were the talk of the show.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    You would have to be a moron to buy this car.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    Very nicely done. Chrysler should be trying to position the 200 as an alternative to premium cars like the MKZ, TL, A4 and S60. __________________________ HAHAHAHAHA

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    Very nicely done! I'm impress...very European looking and the quality appears top notch too!! The Domestic will finally crush the [non-permissible content removed] crap imports again. GOOD JOB CHYRSLER!! _______________ Chrysler IS an import.

  • mitt_zombie mitt_zombie Posts:

    Pay back your loans Chrysler, you POSbags needed 2 bailouts!

  • Paul3557 Paul3557 Posts:

    I approve of the two tone interior. Also the exterior is a coalition of a Fusion and a CIvic. NIce job by Chrysler. Now they need to price it at the Fusion/Civic level.

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