By on September 14, 2010

Via Chrysler’s Facebook page come these first images of the “heavily refreshed” 2011 Chrysler Sebring, which will henceforth be known as the 200.

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43 Comments on “Ladies And Gentlemen, Your 2011 Chrysler Sebring, Er, Chrysler 200...”


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    That grille looks promising… but I think everyone’s going to be reserving judgement until we can see the whole car

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    iNeon

    Looking great! As on the FaceBook comment-thread– they should produce this car alongside Sebring to have the public know product is changing. They can dump Sebrings to rental and laugh all the way to the bank. Like Ford has with Taurus and Escort in the past, and however Chevrolet did with the ‘Classic.’
    It’s fantastic they’re getting more contemporary light clusters. Seems Daimler thought circa 1995 lighting was good enough for modern Chrysler.
    Good job!
     

    • 0 avatar
      iNeon

      I totally used the carriage-return. Boo! It’s no fun to look like a bumpkin! Stoopit edit won’t work!

    • 0 avatar

      That’s OK.  We’ve all been there.  Now get off the web, you bumpkin ;)

    • 0 avatar
      JeremyR

      The lighting clusters look nice, yes, but it’s a little premature to be declaring victory…

    • 0 avatar
      iNeon

      Maybe not for you; but every upgrade they receive is an absolute knock-out in my eyes. Why? Because my family and I purchase Chrysler automobiles. My Mother drove the 2007 Sebring, then bought a used 2006 instead. She noticed the Daimler influence right away. This says a lot because, well… she’d bought the Chevrolet Citation II in 1987. It lasted until 1989.
       
      These changes in Chrysler will keep her as a customer, and this– is victory. Even if you don’t want it to be.

    • 0 avatar
      JeremyR

      this– is victory. Even if you don’t want it to be.
      It’s not that I don’t want the car to be successful; I’m just not prepared to make such a prediction based on what its lighting clusters look like. And I suspect that the overall market will be a little more discerning as well.

    • 0 avatar
      JJ

      The light clusters look exactly like those on the new Opel Astra…

      Opel Astra 

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    Steven Lang

    Reminds me of a Chryundai Sebronata

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    with decent enough new product and effective marketing there is plenty of opportunity for Chysler.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree.  Chrysler’s new marketing is effective.

      After seeing the new Grand Cherokee in person if they can make all their new products as nice and build on that quality and momentum Chrysler certainly has a chance to rise again. 

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    Omnifan

    If they had made it look like the 200 concept in the first place, it would have been a big seller.  Now they’re just into damage control.

    • 0 avatar

      An the Statement of the Obvious Award goes to…
       
      Sadly Chrysler’s current management can’t go back in time and wrest control of the company from its previous management.
       
      How effective that damage control is will determine if the company sinks or swims and that’s what’s interesting about this relaunch.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      A whole new bodyshell costs a ton of money that they don’t have at the moment – meanwhile they hopefully addressed the primary concerns (interior quality, vehicle dynamics) and had a few sheckles left to redo the nose and tail to make it acceptable to most people. I’d say that’s a decent start.

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    Zackman

    I hope this will work for Chrysler – AND that those nice, clear lenses won’t get cloudy and fogged this time around.

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    Eric Ethier

    200 Concept was stunning, I loved it. I hope it pulls more towards that than the current model Sebring which has OK looks in individual areas but is awkwardly proportioned as a whole.

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    Based one what little I can see, those elements seem improved.  Looking forward to the reveal, and hoping some suspension work was involved too.

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    tankinbeans

    I know this point has been pounded into the ground numerous times, but is it so hard to come up with an actual name for a car instead of a number.

    Great I have a Chrysler 200. Does this mean it’s a baby 300? If they’re keeping the Caliber (which I admit had funny commercials, but looks like some sort of steaming mess with weird proportions) are they going to change the name to 100?

    • 0 avatar
      iNeon

      The Calibre is a Dodge, so no. Chrysler’s compact was the PT wagon, and it was discontinued for the 2011 model-year.
       
      I’m wondering what the PT might have looked like if it had gotten this grille and a Murano/Delta-style tail light treatment with a chromed DLO. I’m thinking it could have gone a few more years with the 2.4 World Engine.

    • 0 avatar
      tankinbeans

      My mistake. I forgot they were different name-plates of the same parent company. The original point still stands though.

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    segfault

    Is this the RWD baby-300, or is it just a warmed-over Sebring?

    • 0 avatar

      The latter. It’s “do what we can to improve the yes-we-know-it’s-crappy Sebring while we work furiously on getting something better into production”.

    • 0 avatar
      PartsUnknown

      In the first picture it appears to have the same ugly cutlines for the rear doors as the current Sebring.  I’m thinking warmed-over also.

    • 0 avatar
      segfault

      That’s what I was afraid of.  The C-pillar, fuel door, and the parts of its proportions I can make out look a lot like the current model.  Consumer Reports says it’s currently the worst new midsize four-door sedan you can buy, so it would be difficult for them to make it crappier.

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    Autojunkie


    So far we have more positive comments than we have negative comments. About a Chrysler! On TTAC! I think this may be a first?

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    Rod Panhard

    New lights. New grille. Reminds me of the “waterfall” grille on the Oldsmobile Cutlass in the late 70s. Still the same car underneath. Good luck Chrysler. You’re gonna have to tread water for a VERY long time.

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    windswords

    Yes, it’s the old Sebring platform. That’s all they could do until the new platform (real 200) is developed. And that was in the 5 year plan as well. That being said this is heavily revised (it doesn’t need to be in quotes). Will it be class leading? No, but it won’t be an embarrassment either. Good job Chrysler, you took a lemon (not reliability wise but in other ways) and made lemonade.

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    jkross22

    So we see that the headlights, tail lights and some wierd photo looking up from the left rear tire looks good.  When is the full reveal of this?
     
    I’m looking for a reason to not make Chrysler a punchline.

    • 0 avatar
      Zackman

      The design feature that always bothered me about the newest Sebring sedan was the odd blackout triangular piece behind the rear door that logic says should be part of the window, or just be cut off instead of being an excuse for ending the bright trim beltline. Now it appears the Chevy Cruze has the same feature. What’s up with that? Otherwise, I like the Art-Deco look along with the Crossfire. I’ve owned Chrysler products from 1980 – 2010 and had great ones and good ones and a couple of awful used ones. I’ve reverted back to Chevy for now, but I will always keep an eye on Chrysler and hope they find success.

  • avatar
    lawmonkey

    Ford did good work on the Taurus with a similar approach of heavily revising an existing car.  As a home team supporter and partial shareholder, I hope this works…

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    Stingray

    I’m not surprised this is a revision of the current car. But…
    1) Interior must be vastly improved… if the new GC and Durango and T&C are taken as guide.
    2) The car will have class competitive powertrain on paper: V6 with 250+HP DOHC VTAK/VVTLishzgZ etc…, 6spd auto, 150HP 4 banger… however, the magazines will cry foul because the car doesn’t have a 100 speed like the Camry (oh wait, it doesn’t has it either) or 800HP or it’s tractor like (I would bet they haven’t ridden a agricultural machine in their whole career).
    3) I would bet on the revised suspension. The car must have some input from the Italians in it since it’s highly probable it will be sold as a Lancia in EU, so it must handle and ride like a proper EU car.
    Even not being a 100% new car, I’m optimistic. They should be able to do it.
    And still, MSM will cry foul because it’s the same old platform designed in 1960 (like the Panther, which is the “same” since 1879, or the W-Body which haven’t changed since Eisenhower was POTUS). etc etc etc…
     
    As Mr. Allpar stated, and putting some local flavor… they took a lemon and made some papelon con limon.

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    After the disaster that was the Sebring, Chrysler has nowhere to go but up at this point. As someone whose parents owned a fleet of old Chryslers (mid-80s LeBaron convertible, ’91 Grand Caravan, ’99 Intrepid, and my dad currently has an ’02 Grand Cherokee), I just hope for the best.
    PS, in related news, here’s the Americanized Fiat 500.
    http://jalopnik.com/5637683/america-this-is-your-fiat-500
    No word yet on any interior changes, but the front and rear have been restyled a bit, the wheels are new, and the 1.4 liter turbo MultiAir engine is standard. No word yet on an Abarth version…

  • avatar
    ehsteve

    The lights look like a Subaru Impreza or something.

  • avatar
    JSF22

    “200” should be easy to remember. It will either be the amount of trunk money at launch; the weekly rate these sleds will go for at Enterprise; or the 36-month residual.

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    getacargetacheck

    Unfortunately, it looks like they did not fix this car’s major styling boo-boo: the greenhouse in general and the C-pillar in particular.  I can understand why they would avoid making major changes there (it’s expensive for sure).  Still, an improvement could be made by replacing the plastic piece on the door with glass (and maybe even deleting the plastic triangle even though that would leave an indentation in the C-pillar metal).

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    mjz

    According to Ralph Gilles, the refreshed 200 (Sebring) and Avenger are now some of Chrysler’s best offerings, The revised powertrains and suspensions along with the all-new interiors and subtle styling tweaks really transform these cars. Not bad work in one year!

  • avatar
    Nick

    I hope they changed the C pillar…I always found that awkward looking.  Anyway, these are all improvements, but it is how it comes together that counts.


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