Chrysler’s reinvented Sebring, known as the 200, has been hit with mixed reviews, but most likely agree a sexier S variant is a welcome addition to the product mix. Rather than wait for the madness that is the New York Auto Show to get underway, Chrysler has decided to preemptively reveal two new models, the 200 S and the 200 S Convertible.
To themselves apart from the standard car, Chrysler swapped out things like the front emblem to include a special S model-only winged badge, black headlamp housings, color-matched handles and mirrors and unique 18-inch wheels complete with “S” badging.
The new Chrysler 200 series vehicles provide customers elegant, well-crafted mid-size vehicles with an extraordinary level of standard content and an exhilarating driving experience.
From the ground up, the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible have been redesigned and upgraded to deliver great American design and engineering, with a value proposition that exceeds expectations.
Now, with the introduction of the S models, Chrysler expands the lineup, offering customers production vehicles with a one-of-a-kind style. The S models have the same DNA as the traditional models, but with an entirely different appearance and attitude.
The new S version will be further distinguished from the standard 200 Convertible by a unique front grille with an S model-only Chrysler winged badge and black background. The S model will also get body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps, S badging, and a new set of aluminum wheels offered in size 18".
The interior of the 200 S Convertible will have a perforated leather steering wheel, leather, heated front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered "S" on the front head rests, and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center.
Customers will have the option to choose from two automatically latching tops: the first is a body-color painted steel, retractable hard top and the second is a cloth soft top, both of which can drop with the press of a button on the key fob.
While the standard Chrysler 200 Convertible is powered by a 2.4-liter I-4 World Gas engine that produces 173 HP and 166 lb-ft torque, the new 200 S will get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that produces a total of 283 HP and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. When mated to a 62TE six-speed automatic transmission, the engine delivers a fuel economy of 29 mpg on the highway.
The engine will be combined with an improved suspension whose track is an inch wider with a tire width that has been increased from 215 to 225 mm.
The new Chrysler 200 S Convertible will go on sale later this spring. Prices will start from $32,490.