Chrysler 200c

Striking stance

"Charts a new course for the Chrysler brand"

"The new 200 comes ready for battle"

"The interior is tasteful, with high quality materials"

"It stands tall on its own two feet" said Issam

During a recent trip I had to Detroit and more specifically to the proving grounds, I had the chance to drive the 2015 Chrysler 200C. Chrysler's 200C is the brand's entry into the competitive midsize sedan segment occupied by Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The 200C includes a carefully modern interior, offering great amenities.

Driving Impressions
The most unique experience from driving the 200 is sufficiently powerful when optioned with the V6 engine. My demo car hit the 100 kph in only 6.2 seconds. The four cylinder variant is a lovely amazement as well when it comes to fuel consumption on highways.

The old 200 had a rather old-fashioned approach to luxury, with lots of chrome; a 300C-like customary grille and a basic interior design would not have stood out in 1996 or 2006. The new 200C, with its smooth lines and driver-oriented position, space-efficient interior, is a different steamer comparing to the previous generation.

My test car was an all wheel drive 200C, which became deceptive the first time I knocked on the pedal of the 295 hp; the V6 and all four wheels absorbed the pavement and shot me forward. The Pentastar V6 is whisper quiet when cruising down the highway at 120 kph in 9th gear, but when I put the hammer down, the transmission quickly pops down several gears and all 295 hp are channeled to all four wheels with a vigorous roar. The new 200C feels very calm, self-reliant and relaxed when driving at very high speeds.

The inside redesign is a new floating center console where you'll find the turning dial to control the nine speed transmission next to the tiny lever for the electronic parking brake. Above them, you'll find Chrysler's infotainment system occupied by either a 5 inch touchscreen or the 8.4-inch Uconnect. The materials, fit and finish are all brilliant, with the layout of controls easy to understand for the first-time 200C driver.

If your 200C will carry large adults in the backseat frequently, there are better car selections in the same segment that you can think of. That's a small blame in such a segment. Nevertheless, you should experience it for yourself before making the decision to acquire it. But believe me, the new 200C is a huge improvement over the preceding generation because the positives definitely compensate for the negatives. 

One word: pivotal
Pros: interior design, practical fuel economy, exterior styling
Cons: tight backseats, engine gets noisy a bit at higher rpm
Rivals: Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Nissan Altima,


Engine: 3.6L V6 Pentastar, 295 HP, 353 Nm
Transmission: 9 speed Auto, 4WD
0-100 kph: 6.1 secs, Fuel consumption: 10.2 L /100km, Top speed: 310 kph
Weight: 1,575 kg

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