The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is coming. Chris Doane Automotive recently caught the next-gen 200 out testing, wearing production-intent sheetmetal for the first time. The prototype previews new styling that Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles claimed will be “stunning.”
Spotted outside of one of Chrysler’s Michigan test tracks, the Dodge Dart-based 200 looks to be hopping on the coupe-like four-door bandwagon, likely targeting entry-lux vehicles like the Volkswagen CC and new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Riding on what appears to be a wheelbase identical to the Dart – but with stretched front and rear overhangs – the new 2015 Chrysler 200 should be sleeker and more stylish than before. Up front, the new 200 four-door has a small grille opening, with what may be the main air intake built into the lower front fascia. Though effectively camouflaged, the 2015 Chrysler 200 prototype looks like it’ll have an attractively sculpted hood, and LED running lights.
The most distinctive trait of the new 200′s profile is its roofline that flows back into a small trunk, ending with a subtle lip spoiler. There also looks to be a sculpted line flowing from the front wheel arches, through the length of the car, ending at the taillights. In back, the next-gen Chrysler 200 has sculpted exhaust tips, and may be hiding full-width taillights – stealing a styling trait from its Dodge stablemate.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will likely use the Dodge Dart’s 2.4-liter 184-hp I-4 as its base engine, and the new 271-hp 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 from the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Also courtesy of the new Cherokee will be the 2015 200′s nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, and all-wheel drive may be optional.
We’re expecting the 2015 Chrysler 200 to debut in January at the Detroit auto show. As for the Chrysler 200′s Dodge Avenger cousin, it’s not clear whether that car will live to see another generation.