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2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Chrysler 200 (FAQ)

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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?
ˇ 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder, 184 horsepower, 173 pound-feet of torque
ˇ 3.6-liter V6, 295 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque
ˇ Nine-speed automatic transmission standard
ˇ 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.

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