Chrysler 200: If A Sebring Made Love To A 300

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The 2011 2011 Chrysler 200 replaces the unloved Sebring and succeeds where it failed by looking like a modern, possibly desirable vehicle. Of course, it's still a Sebring.

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Chrysler smartly jettisoned both the name and appearance of the Sebring for this latest generation. The front treatment screams Chrylser 300, while the rear stands on its own. There's a very sexy lip atop the tail, and mixed with the LED taillights, it's a pleasing look in press photos. Below that, however, is where things start to get kinda messy.

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Illustration for article titled Chrysler 200: If A Sebring Made Love To A 300

The ass end's too high. There's a chrome bar running across the trunk lip that screams "late model Chevy Malibu." Still, overall, it's an improvement in looks.

Functional details are limited to pointing out there's a "new powertrain" lineup consisting of the old 2.4-liter four-banger world engine still available with a miserable four-speed or slightly better six-speed transmission and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 mated to a six-speed.

It's likely still lipstick on a pig — especially with the old 2.4-liter — but at the very least it's a lot of lipstick applied with a modicum of taste sorely missing in Chrysler's mid-size lineup. [NetCarShow via Chrysler]

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Reading the quick release on NetCarShow, it doesn't say anything about it being on a new platform. That worries me, as the JS platform in Chrysler's hands has been anything but impressive.

It's odd to think that a variant of the JS platform that the Sebring, Avenger, Caliber, Patriot, and Compass use also underpins the excellent little Evo X. Clearly, the platform has potential. The question is whether or not Chrysler has done anything with it.